Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gate Bridge’

My Bitchin’ Photo of the Golden Gate Bridge RUINED by Yet Another Drone – ARRGHH! –

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Ah, just kidding – IRL, the world has enough GGB shots already.

But here it is, a (surprisingly inexpensive) DJI Phantom 1 buzzing over Frisco:

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I’m thinking this is just a phase…

FOG Rally, a Questionable Charity Event / Lifestyle

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Ferrari Owners Group Rally?

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Speaking of which:

I was out on the 2013 FOG rally with a bunch of other cars,” recounts Kevin Enderby. “I came over this crest in the road and saw a line of cars stopped right on the other side. I got hard on the brakes but never found out if I could stop in time—the car behind me hit me and pushed me into the car in front. Then the car behind him hit him and pushed him into me, again, and that pushed me into the car in front, again.”

Falun Gong Takes Over Frisco with Large Rallies at U. N. Plaza and a Parade Over the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, October 24th, 2016

At least that’s where I saw all these people this past weekend.

This was Saturday:

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Something about SOS and human organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China, and other things as well I’m sure. Here’s Sunday on the GGB:

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On It Goes…

The Bridge Toll-Evading Mercedes Benz and BMW Owners of Frisco

Friday, September 30th, 2016

(I didn’t take most of these particular shots.)

Anywho, what do we see here – do we see the three parked cars of the occupants of one unit of housing all carousing about license plate-free on the Streets of San Francisco?

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I think so.

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Are these people pulling a Steve Jobs? Are they driving registered vehicles hither and yon with one or two DMV plates in the trunk, you know, waiting to get pulled over by the popo and then it will be, what, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to put those things on my car. The dealership says I need a special bracket, or something” or something like that?

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I’ll tell you, the reason why the owners of Italian exoticars drive about California without proper California registration and insurance is because of the crushing “use taxes” they would have to pay otherwise. So your expensive, impractical weekend car might cost you $10K or $20K just for CA registration for the first year and then many thousands per year for years after that. So you end up seeing people using Oregon plates or Nevada plates or Montana plates or whatever.

But OTOH, the reason why owners of German luxocars don’t have the plates what DMV sent them mounted front and rear, just speculating here, are:

  1. Eurocars aren’t made with tall square-ish American license plates in mind, so you might need a special bracket to mount them, and even though dealers are obligated to provide them…
  2. After they break, due to their Mickey Mouse construction, drivers don’t want to replace them due to…
  3. Car owners thinking that ugly U.S.-style plates mar the good looks of their Euro rides, and…

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4. Bridge Toll Evasion

(Hey, what if you have just the back license plate on your car – do the Golden Gate Bridge people take images of you car from the back as well? IDK.)

Anyway, the best example of this would be a German car owner who improperly asked for a handicapped placard and was improperly given one by a chiropractor and then uses that placard to park for free all day long at an SFMTA parking meter in Frisco, say someplace close to the Financh but not too close, maybe by that Safeway on Washington BUT ALSO doesn’t have license plates mounted in order to evade the $6.50 daily Golden Gate Bridge toll BUT ALSO has an insidery CHP 11-99 Foundation license plate holder so that the CHP officer who pulls you over already knows that you’ve personally given thousands of dollars to the families of CHP officers so s/he will go easy on you “this time” for speeding on the 101 without license plates BUT ALSO has been doing this for years and years.

You know, something like this:

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After all, you’re special.

So very special

It wasn’t that I didn’t try
It’s not the kind of thing, that you buy
Written in my destiny
Life is but a dream
Covered by the sky
Stop saying that you’re calling time
Look at your life before you start on mine
I’m not the kind of person that you need
I’m sick of trying
I mean that it’s over

It was always special
It was like water down the drain
I’m intoxicated
Every time I hear your name
I try to remember
But nothing is the same
It was always special
it was like water down the drain

Patiently you wait for me
You’re so blind
I thought it couldn’t be
Then changed my mind
Drowning in the endless sea
Line all those lines
The traces of your memory
Don’t belong with mine

Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Takes Tech Media for a Ride Above Frisco – This Could Be You, Technology Reporter!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

What’s this – did Fleet Week come early yesterday?

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No, it’s just Oracle’s PA-34-200T Seneca II “media plane” flying in formation with Oracle’s Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 mono wing stunt plane, presumably flown by Company Pilot Sean D. Tucker, who was carrying an unknown member of the tech press, you know, as cargo:

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Here you go, book your own “media flight,” media:

BOOK A MEDIA FLIGHT – Soar in the Skies with Sean D. Tucker. To share the passion for aviation with media audiences, Tucker and his team welcome credentialed media for a flight with his crew.”

Bubble Soccer, Crissy Field

Monday, August 29th, 2016

With Cavallo Point – The Lodge at the Golden Gate‎ in the background:

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Team Red one, but they were “cowards,” so if that’s the way you want to win, Man…

Someday, I’ll play bubble soccer.

Someday.

SFMTA Child-Care Advice: Have Mary Poppins Fly Over from Marin County

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.

LUGSTOR! The Grooviest Volkswagen Transporter You’ll Ever See

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

First, it was all like this, in the Inner Richmond:

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But now it’s like this:

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Thanks, LUGSTOR!

Take One Guess About the Color of the Porta-Potties at Our Golden Gate Bridge – You Know, Instead of the Standard Green or Tan

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

That’s right, International Orange. Take a look:

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Or International Red (I get confused about these terms