Posts Tagged ‘free’

You Can Enter the Japanese Tea Garden for Free Three Hours Each Week, But the New Signs Don’t Tell You – Why’s That?

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Here’s the old sign out in front of the JTG in GGP –  it was there going all the way back to aught-six:

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And here’s the new sign, which is the same except now the free hours are kept secret:

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I guess advertising the free hours on a big sign out front attracted too many skinflints?

Looks that way.

Now back in the day, they’d let you linger after closing hours, but no longer. So you now can’t see the frolicking skunks of after-hours at the JTG

Oh well, that’s Progress for you.

5000+ Volunteers Wanted for 2016 Super Bowl Week – Here’s How to Sign Up – But Your Rewards Will Be Few

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

See below. I’ve bolded the relevant portions – you’re welcome!

Basically, your carrot for volunteering is this:

One (1) Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform (Generic “VISA” windbreaker + generic shirt + generic cap)

Two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience. (Act all surprised when they present them to you. I guess that’s a SPOILER for you. Sorry about that, Chief.)

In exchange for that, here are the sticks what will lessen your ardor for becoming an unpaid worker for millionaires and billionaires. I call it the 0-1-2-3 Plan!

Zero (0) gigs available inside the stadium on Game Day AND  zero (0) tickets available to compensate workers. (Oh. So why would people volunteer then? I’m not getting this.)

One (1) background check required, of you. (You can’t have multiple domestic violence convictions and then expect to labor for the NFL, right?)

Two (2) or more (moar?!) unpaid training session(s) required before Super Bowl Week. (Who knows, you might be “leadership” material, and that would lead to extra training. In this case, feel free to add this experience to your LinkedIn next year as supervisory experience, I’m srsly.)

Three (3) shifts (minimum) required to fulfill your obligations. (I don’t know how they could compel you to actually show up after you get your swag – perhaps that mechanism will be in all the paperwork you’ll be signing.)

So how the heck is the NFL going to get thousands and thousands of people to sign up for this?

Anyway, take a look – here’s your consideration, here’s your compensation: SWAG! (It’ll be just like last year’s, one supposes.)

Hey, what about the drugs? It’s not a prob:

 “We do not require a drug test in order to participate as a volunteer

OK then. (The NFL certainly doesn’t seem to mind some drugs, anyway.)

(You know, of all the events our local Establishment works years and years on, you know, to bring EXCITEMENT to the bay area, a Santa Clara Super Bowl is prolly the best. Like, it’s not a small-time scam like an America’s Cup (cost to tax and fee payers = eight (8) figures) and it’s not a big-time scam like a corrupt Summer Olympics (cost to tax and fee payers = eleven (11) figures). So things could be worse. I can’t say I approve of all the deets in the secret NFL contract what brings the SB to SC, but a Super Bowl is a real event that won’t require new stadiums, so that’s nice.)

All right, all the deets:

“SUPER BOWL 50 HOST COMMITTEE CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS 

5000+ Volunteers Needed for the Bay Area’s Super Bowl Week

SAN FRANCISCO — Today the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee opens its Volunteer Program application process. The Host Committee is calling for 5,000+ volunteers to welcome guests to the Bay Area and provide them with a helping hand during Super Bowl Week, which begins January 30, 2016.

The official volunteer application is available on the Host Committee’s website at www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer.

According to the Host Committee, a variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts will be available to accommodate the skills and schedules of volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed around the Bay Area in hotels, airports, major tourist destinations, and ferry and train terminals. Volunteers will also be stationed at Super Bowl City in San Francisco and the South Bay during Super Bowl Week. On Game Day, the NFL will not require any volunteer support inside the stadium.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to help us give a warm welcome to more than one million visitors during Super Bowl Week,” said Keith Bruce, CEO for the Host Committee. “Volunteers are key ambassadors for both Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area, so we are looking to build a volunteer corps that showcases the tremendous diversity, spirit and character of our communities.”

Volunteers will receive a free Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform, as well as volunteer training in advance of Super Bowl Week. Volunteers will not receive tickets for Super Bowl 50.

All participants must be available to work at least three volunteers shifts. While most of the volunteer opportunities will be available for participants who are at least 18 years old, there are also a limited number of opportunities for youth ages 14-17. All participants must also undergo a background check.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:

Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com.

And here’s the site, complete with “256 SSL bit encryption.”*

“The Host Committee is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve in a number of capacities. Whatever your interest, talent or background, there is an opportunity waiting for you!

The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Volunteer Program is officially accepting applications!

Apply to be a Volunteer HERE.

Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee a volunteer role.

Please know that our application system is protected with a 256 SSL bit encryption. To view our security, clicking the “Verified & Secured” icon in the footer of the application.

Have questions? Check out our #SB50 Volunteer Program FAQ

If you are interested in learning more about the Volunteer program, please sign up for our newsletter below and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Read more at http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/volunteer/#sLJGwSXUBQe63Jrj.99″

*Uh, how about 256-bit SSL encryption instead, NFL?

If You Think BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN During Our Great Drought, Get This Free Sign from Our SFPUC

Friday, April 17th, 2015

If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:

“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email landscape@sfwater.org”

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Tech Bros Waiting for the Market Street “Amazon Web Services” Pop-Up Hacker Dojo to Open

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This is How We Live Now:

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Uh, “MAKE CALIFORNIA IVORY FREE?” – Uh…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Uh…

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Uh…

O.K.

The High Cost of Free Parking: Federal Housing Project + Reserved Space for a CL600 V-12 Mercedes Benz = ???

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Oh my, I’m guessing maintenance for this high-maintenance V12 monster (which cost, I’m guessing here, and let’s throw in license and reg and whatnot, NORTH OF FREAKING $130K, back in the aughts) costs more than rent:

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Imagine that in San Francisco…

Ginger and Mary Ann Hand Out Free Bibles – All Along the Watchtower at the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Thought they were Scientologists at first:

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If You Live in SF, You and Your Fam Can Visit the Academy of Sciences for Free, Courtesy of Target Stores

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Once again, it’s time for NEIGHBORHOOD FREE WEEKENDS at our CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES courtesy of TARGET Stores.

Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:

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Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.

Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.

All the deets:

“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.

Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.

Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

Parkside, Sunset
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8

Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15

Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22

* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

A driver license or state ID card

Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date

Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”

The Semi-Secret Parking Spaces for Trader Joe’s Masonic Shoppers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Here you go, a place to park on Masonic for free while shopping at TJ’s #100, right in front of the Lucky Penny, assuming it’s not between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM:

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Sometimes the Great Line of idling cars goes almost all the way back to Euclid, so this option certainly seems preferable.

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Just saying

What It Looks Like When a Visit from President Barack Obama Shuts Down the California Street Cable Cars

Monday, February 16th, 2015

It looks like this:

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