Posts Tagged ‘garage’

Barely Legal: Turning Left Across Double Yellow Lines on Busy Masonic to Park Your Car – DUDE, IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Oh Lord:

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Not only did this maneuver block the fast lane of northbound Masonic for a while, it also resulted in squealing brakes / tires from inattentive drivers headed south.

IF you timed this right, during certain parts of the day or night, then this might be OK.

But the correct way to park in the garage of one the Great Estates of this part of Masonic is to GO AROUND THE FUCKING LUCKY to end up heading south on Masonic from the terminus of this part of McAllister.


I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.

Is This SmartCar Illegally Parked Perpendicularly or Is It Legally Parked in Front of a Garage?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

I think it’s illegally parked on public property, but IDK

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This Sign Remnant is All That’s Left of “Speedo 690” and Speedo’s Garage – Sic Transit Gloria Van Ness, RIP “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine”

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Of course you’re too young to remember San Francisco back in the 1980’s, Gentle Reader, but I’m not. It was a time when we really only had one celebrity chef: Jeremiah Tower.

He was kind of a jerk, as you might be able to tell from this vintage bit here.*

Like I say, it was the 1980’s so why not start up a “Romantic Polynesian Cuisine” joint at a former garage on Auto Row and name the place after the garage and use the same historic sign out front, right? The heck with what those people at Warnaco / Speedo USA might think. Like I said, kind of a jerk.

Anywho, the Speedo’s Garage sign is gone but the edges are still there, waiting to get filled in, with something: 

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And what’s at this location today? Jodi Liano’s San Francisco Cooking School.

Anyway, that’s what crosses my mind when I ‘m crossing Van Ness. A fellow can remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember.**

In closing:

“I had the opportunity to work and eat at Chez Panisse throughout Jeremiah’s tenure and dined at his San Francisco restaurant Stars many times (not to mention his other afterthoughts, “Starfish,” “Stars Cafe” in any of its incarnations, “JT’s”, “Speedo 690″, etc) and the striking thing to me isn’t Jeremiah’s egomania or even his pathologic need for recognition–it’s how much bad food he produced.”

*Denise Hale “popularized the concept of the A List?” WTF to that. And don’t miss this nugget

Denise Hale, the jet-setting philanthropist, denied that she once instructed Tower to secretly serve Haut-Brion to her and her friend, conductor Zubin Mehta, while the rest of her guests drank a far-cheaper Jordan Cabernet.

**You take me. One day back in ’96, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry. And as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in. And on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all. But I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I hadn’t thought of that girl.

New “Upshift” Company Delivers a Rental Car to You – It’s the “Uber of Carshare” – It’s Bicycle-Assisted Car Rentals

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Upshift is here, or at least it’s here in the Russian Hill and Nob Hill areas.

Here’s how it works:

“1. TAP A BUTTON – Anywhere in San Francisco. Get a car for the day with one tap. It’s that easy.

2. GET A CAR DELIVERED – Get a Small, Medium, Large, or Luxury vehicle delivered in 60 minutes. You drive it for the day & our driver rides off on a bike! Introductory rates from $49/day.

3. LEAVE IT ANYWHERE – Drop it off wherever you like in the city. We’ll come pick it up. That’s it. You’re done.”

So your rent-a-car will arrive double-parked at your front door with a green Bianchi or whatever on top and an inner-city sweathog inside. The Upshifter will simply hand you the keys and then pedal away.


(I’ll note that bicycle theft is an issue in San Francisco, just saying. Who’ll be the first Upshifter to lose his/her ride?)

All right, all the deets:

“Upshift is an exclusive, members only car club. Get the freedom of owning a private car with the luxury and convenience of a car service. Push a button, get a hybrid, SUV, or luxury car delivered. You drive it for a day. We pick it up when you’re done. No need to return to the same location as long as it’s in our zone (includes all of the core areas of San Francisco). We professionally operate a fleet of cars out of a single garage. Cars can only be taken out by the day only to start. Subscription pricing and recurrent bookings (eg, deliver a car every Tuesday at 7 am) for regular usage needs. The main limitation of carshare today is parking, not vehicle cost.”

Founded by Ezra Goldman. Who’s that?

“MCP, @MIT & PhD dropout. Co-founded a bikeshare in 1999. Piaggio shared EV scooters at MIT Media Lab in 2006. 2 years managing a startup in Copenhagen”

Upshift is the Uber of Carshare

Upshift makes getting out of town easy. Just push a button on your phone, get a car for the day delivered to your door, and get out of town. We’ll pick it up again anywhere in the city when you’re done, even at a different location from where we delivered, enabling a “one way” service. Payment is all done through your Upshift account, with no cash or card transactions and no paperwork.

Your next car fits in your pocket. And someday, it will drive itself to your door.

Upshift provides club members great cars on demand at the push of a button. We’ll pick up and drop off anywhere in the city- even in two different locations for one way service. Upshift provides more convenience and flexibility than car leasing with less cost, commitment and hassle.

We have spent over 2 years developing the model and getting backing from the world’s best carshare, autotech, and insurance experts around the world. Carsharing takes 9-13 cars off the road for each car we put on the road, unlocking new park space for more livable cities. We enable a transition to a car-free urban lifestyle, taking 1M cars off the streets, to save 10B pounds of CO2 per year by disrupting the car leasing market.

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Well, welcome to town, Upshift.

Garage Art on Oak Near Divisadero: The Gluten-Free Hipster Love Story is Gone, Marred by Graffiti – Here’s the Replacement

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

First it was all like this, a Hipster Love Story on Oak near Divis:

Divisadero Corridor, “keepin’ Divis real.”

That was last year. More recently, somebody put”FUCK YOU” atop that piece using gold spray paint.

(That’s the sort of thing that will get the landowner a fix-it note from SFGov.)

Anywho, it’s all gone now, baby.

Here’s the replacement:

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On It Goes….

Twitter Gets Unwelcomed to the Twitterloin by Kahn & Keville, a Beloved Local Garage

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Via Brian Rinker:

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You know Twitter, it’s not too late to pay your taxes under the rules signed into law by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. You know, just put it into SFGov’s General Fund where it belonged in the first place. How much are we talking about here, a $100,000,000 or so? I mean, you left a lot more than that on the table during your recent IPO, right? And then you could amend your federal returns and then you wouldn’t get so much static from the locals. And then you could also do your little charity efforts, you know, in addition to paying your fucking taxes* like everybody else.


*I’m sorry, unpaid Twaxes.

This is How You Store Your Broken-Down Relic of a Car in the Richmond – Or It’s a Scene from the Planet of the Apes Sequel?

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Hey remember when the Planet of the Apes people were filming all over town a couple months back?

It sort of looked like this:

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If I ever got this desperate for parking, at least I’d curb my wheels, you know, by turning the steering wheel all the way to the right, just saying.

San Francisco: Land of Car Elevators – 205 13th Street

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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Skruuuunch! What Happens When You Forget That Your Bike Is Sitting Upright in Your Pickup

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The tiny, low-clearance garages of new construction in San Francisco have claimed another victim, style.

See? This is post crash, with the driver backing out for damage assessment:

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When I had a pickup, I’d just throw bikes in the back horizontal-like, but maybe there’s not enough room to do that in a Honda.

Good Times: Urinating on the Sidewalk Across the Street from City Hall

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Impressive volume, flow rate and stream cohesiveness:

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(Note the questioning look from a cyclist on the same sullied sidewalk. Civic Center Mike might not approve…)

Now here’s the end to this vignette.

See? A long romantic hug with a light pole

Thus concludes Good Times: Urinating on the Sidewalk Across the Street from City Hall