Posts Tagged ‘foggy’

Wow: Shrouded City by Joe Azure

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Azure means blue, right?

Well here’s your blue:

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San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.

A 2.5-Minute Exposure – “Waiting for the Sun” – Marin Headlands, Diablo, Yerba Buena, Bridges, Skyline

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Not a cloud in the sky:

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Better Know Your Annual San Francisco Mission District Illegal Fourth of July Fireworks Show, 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between official and illegal fireworks shows.

Take this shot from Bluoz from last night’s Fourth of July 2011 celebration, for instance:

La Mision as seen from the SoMA: 

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Some of these rockets can get pretty high:

Via Bluoz

“80′s Barbie” and Her Blue BMW Convertible Teleport from a Quarter-Century Ago to Clement Street

Monday, June 27th, 2011

You kids are too young to remember the 1980′s, but this is exactly what it looked like.


Note TSV (triangular side vent) windows and tiny, tiny (by today’s standards) stock wheels:

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Don’t ever change, BMW 3-series E30.

As seen in the West Bay on a dread sunny day.

(You certainly couldn’t call it Inclement Street yesterday, that’s for sure…)

Good Morning San Francisco – A Typical Foggy June Day – Is Ghostbusters Weather the Reason Our 49ers Want to Leave?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Can you ID the structures in the distance?

From left

1 Rincon Hill – home to Famous People and post-IPO computer nerds

100 McAllister – home to UC Hastings, the largest and oldest law school in the West; and

City Hall - home to the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere

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Who Says the Outer Sunset Doesn’t Have Colour? A Bunch of Liars, That’s Who

Friday, April 15th, 2011


Or maybe this is the Middle Sunset. I’m a little hazy on the geography of points west of San Francisco.

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Come to the Foggy West Bay, Where the Suburbs meet Utopia

From the Dreary Outer Sunset: When Parking Your Boat in Tsunami Country, Be Sure to Point Her Towards the Ocean

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

That way, she’ll ride the waves with ease.

Waiting for the Big One, facing westward, ever westward:

As seen at Sunset and Irving

Who, Besides the New York Times, Says the Sunset District is Bleak? On a Clear Day, You Can See the Farallones

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Or maybe it’s just the Outer Sunset, the Outset, that’s “bleak?”

The view from Golden Gate Heights, more or less, after rain clears. Basically, it’s the Inner Sunset

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Sugarloaf is whiter, so it shows up better than Southeast Farallon proper.

That big underwater nuclear waste dump is just to left of Southeast Farallon, the Big Island. From Hunters Point with love:

But we haven’t dumped 55 gallon drums there since 1970, so that’s good, right?

Anyway, at least the air is clean…

If You Assume That Any Given Plane Crash is Due to Pilot Error, You’ll Probably Be Right

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

General Aviation is dangerous, it always has been and it always will be. (Now, that’s different than commercial aviation these days – I mean, has some passenger in America died due to a big old Boeing or Airbus or McDonnell-Douglas or Lockheed crashing since the infamous year of 2001? Not that I am aware of. I’m talking about the big jets, your 737′s, your A320′s and the like, and your jumbo widebodies, too.)

On the other hand, little jets and propeller planes, they crash and kill people all the time. And the reason why is pilot error, of some kind, generally speaking.

So there’s no need, generally speaking, to defend the skills of a pilot after an air crash. Sometimes, people make mistakes – that doesn’t mean that anyone in particular is a bad person. So, instead of dwelling on anybody’s reputation as a skilled pilot, why not, instead, remember that person as a person? Just asking.

Jeanette Symons

Steve Fossett


John Denver

Graham Hill

Another thing to ponder is this – “Is This Trip Really Necessary?” Would you make the same trip if you didn’t have access to a little airplane?

A bay area pilot’s CitationJet after an avoidable tragedy in snowy Maine, from a few years back. This is what get-there-itis looks like.

Just saying…