Posts Tagged ‘good’

How to Tell You’re in a “Good” Neighborhood in Frisco: Are the Stripped Bike Frames You See Chained or Unchained?

Friday, October 20th, 2017

You see, ’cause in good nabes, ppl just donate unused frames to the street, a La Raza, a la gente, you dig? It’s a donation.

Good Frisco, in this case The Richmond:

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Regular Frisco, in this case, The Twitterloin:

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Keep on Truckin’, Gentle Readers…

Breaking Bad but Looking Good: The Best Pontiac Aztek You Will Ever See – “Xtreme Futuristic Styling” of the Year 2000

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

A “sporty” minivan of the Aughts, and IRL, not “xtreme” at all.

While a commercial failure that is commonly cited as one of the worst automobiles ever produced, the Aztek has seen a resurgence in popularity and public interest in the late 2000s and early 2010s thanks to its association with Breaking Bad as the car driven by main protagonist Walter White.”

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But this one looks brand new, non?

As Seen From Frisco: Black Sands Beach, Conzelman Road, Sausalito, CA 94966 – No Nudes is Good Nudes

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Everybody at Black Sands Beach has made a pretty big effort to get there, what with this part of Conzelman being a one-way road.

Most of the people you can see are never-nudes, not that it’s easy to tell what with the heat haze making photos a bit blurry:

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You should visit some time…

Three Things You Don’t Know About the Bay to Breakers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

1.  THE TOP OF HAYES STREET HILL _ISN’T_ THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE BTOB FUN-RUN. JUST CHECK THE ROUTE PROFILE:

“Here’s your route profile, starting from the SoMA near the bay going all the way to the breakers of Ocean Beach. See that big incline just before mile marker three? That’s the vaunted Hayes Street Hill. (And actually, the highest part of Hayes Street on this part of the course is near Pierce, not “at Fillmore and Steiner” and not “between Fillmore and Sutter.”)

And actually, that part of Hayes peaks at around 260 feet, not 215:

Now, here’s your winner. It’s the 270-something foot high saddle on JFK Jr. Drive betwixt Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake / Strawberry Hill, where “Kennedy” is written:

2. THE BTOB FUN-RUN IS A 12K, AND YET IT’S NOT A 12K – THE CLAIMED “WORLD RECORDS” ARE NOT, IN FACT, WORLD RECORDS

“Race organizers and media have reported that the course records set by Sammy Kitwara in 2009 and Lineth Chepkurui in 2010 are also world records at the 12 km distance;[31] however, the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for the sport of athletics/track and field, does not recognize world records or world bests in either an indoor or outdoor 12 km.[32] The Association of Road Racing Statisticians, a non-regulatory group that collects road running data, does recognize world records in the outdoor 12 km provided that the race course meets certain criteria.[33][34] In order to rule-out the possibility of wind assistancein point-to-point courses, the ARRS stipulates that the course must have “not more than 30% of the race distance separation between that start and finish”, or 3.6 km for a 12 km race.[34] Given that the Bay to Breakers is run on a point-to-point course in which the start and finish of the event are approximately 10.5 linear kilometers apart, the ARRS recognizes two other marks as 12 km world records: Kenyan Simon Kigen‘s 33:46 in Portland, Oregon on May 19, 1985 and Chepkurui’s 38:10 at the 2010Lilac Bloomsday Run.[33][nb 2]

3. MOST PEOPLE _DON’T_ PAY THE ABSURDLY HIGH REGISTRATION FEE. MOST PEOPLE YOU SEE ARE “BANDITS”

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL ESTIMATE: “…more than in the hundreds but less than tens of thousands.” THE REAL NUMBER IS TENS OF THOUSANDS.

“The Bay to Breakers is known for the large number of unregistered runners, or “bandits”, who participate in the race. Ross Mirkarimi, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, reported that over half of the 60,000 participants in the 2010 Bay to Breakers were unregistered.[19] San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was among the runners in 2010 who did not pay the registration fee to obtain a race number.[19][22] Registered participation was 24,430 in 2010,[23] 43,954 in 2011,[24] 23,072 for 2012,[25], and approximately 20,000 for 2013.[26]

Beware, Car Owners: The Great B2B Tow of ’13 is a Coming This Weekend – Hundreds Will Get Towed by SFGov – Will You?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I’m not exactly sure when the tow away signs went up for this year’s historic Bay to Breakers street party – maybe it was today.

No matter, hundreds of cars are going to get towed this Saturday and Sunday.

It’s going to be epic.

Here are the streets to not park your car upon.

Sometimes they give you a week’s notice, but not this year I don’t think.

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Let’s review.

Before we can have this…

…or this…

From hard-working Steve Nguyen

…we’re going to have to have this:

(I remember it as if it were just two years ago…)

“The Great Tow of 2011:

One car gets away  in the nick of time, but three others aren’t so lucky:

Ted and Al’s had like ten yellow tow trucks ready to go late Saturday night, in the driving rain. (Note how Bank of America is protecting its windows – the IndyBay crowd got to them, smashy smashy, about a year or so back, unrelated to Bay to Breakers.)

Now, speaking of prêt-à-porters, this is the main body, this is the largest array for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

And here’s the second-biggest grouping, along Masonic:

And there are some on the other side of Fell, typically in groups of six on some of the blocks.

But that’s it.

Not sure where B2B is hiding their 1000+ portable toilets claimed for 2011, at this point, just hours before the Kenyans take off on their winning runs.

Oh well.

And there’s no sign of the fencing neither, except for what they have every year.

We’ll see.

The Great Fence of B2B100 is supposed to have upon it either images of Christ hand-selected by P. Anschutz or photos of people who ran the race before white NIMBYs moved into the Western Addition. (You’ll have to tell me about it…). Anyway, here’s the baby fencing they have on scene already along with, and isn’t this cute, a message from San Francisco Natives for a Fun and Buzzed Bay to Breakers. Apparently, the cops can’t arrest for an open container in San Francisco…

And doesn’t this just break your heart – this Vespa scooter has been forgotten on the slopes of the famed Hayes Street Hill, the second highest point on the “racecourse.” Will Auto-Return charge $700 for its return?

Remember, Transit First.

All right, have a great Bay to Breakers 100!

Sucker Watch: Most Participants Won’t Pay to Enter the 2013 Bay to Breakers Fun Run So Why Should You?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Oh, you are a sucker. Well, then be my guest – pay $48 for a number. And actually, and you’ll enjoy this, sucker, it’s already too late to get a good deal on registration for 2013. Prices be higher now.

Most people who aren’t professional runners  don’t pay and here’s a good reason not to pay:

Your money goes directly to “Christian Billionaire” Philip Anschutz.

And then he takes your $$$$$ and uses it to, over the years, oppose the concept of evolution and fund anti-gay efforts.

(It’s funny that he even took an interest in this historic fun run and street party but he likes running so there y0u go.)

The reason that organizers won’t say how many “bandits” show up for the party is because they don’t want you to think that most people don’t pay.

But, IRL, most people don’t pay.

If you don’t believe me then take a NSFW look right here.

How many bibs do you see? Every year they say they will eject all these people and every year they don’t actually do it.

Now the San Francisco Nike Womens Marathon is different. You see, they give out coveted awards and people just can’t help themselves. And then stuff like this happens; “NO BIB NO BIB NO BIB!

But B2B aint like that.

One difference this year will be a limit on the size of the bags you might carry.

It’s like the size of Fook Mi’s backpack, best I can imagine.

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All right, have a great 2013 B2B.

And if you want to pay money to somebody, just take whatever your reg fee is and give it to Pride or whatever.

End Of Line.

Two Chefs Enter, One Chef Leaves: OMG, It’s Anthony Bourdain vs. Eric Ripert at the Orpheum – Get Tickets Nov. 16

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

I’m from Queens, man
Ain’t shit to do but cook
Watchin’ Tony Bourdain
Plus I copped his book
Plus I copped his look

That means T-shirts and jeans
Catch me in my borough chasin’ breezers with creame

OMG, Alice Waters-hating Tony Bourdain will grace San Francisco once again, like on April 12th, 2013. 

It’s called GOOD VS. EVIL: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert and if you don’t get your tickets ASAP, you just might not be able to get tickets at all.

GOOD VS. EVIL:
An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert
LIVE at the SHN Orpheum Theatre FRIDAY, APRIL 12

 https://www.shnsf.com/online/bourdain

SAN FRANCISCO (November 13) – Two chefs. Two unlikely friends. Two very different careers and philosophies sharing one stage.

Join Anthony Bourdain and his good friend, Eric Ripert – internationally renowned chefs, authors, and television personalities – as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community, and global life. Their Good vs. Evil tour will visit San Francisco for one night only, 8PM – Friday, April 12th at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. This engaging evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind kitchen doors, will delight and intrigue.

Anthony Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of bestselling titles Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw – both hilariously blunt portraits of life in restaurant kitchens. His latest project Get Jiro!, a culinary-themed graphic novel, was released on July 3 and quickly reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to hosting Travel Channel’s Emmy Award-winning No Reservations and The Layover, Bourdain will serve as host for two new television shows premiering in 2013: The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC, and a docu-series for CNN, expanding the network’s coverage of travel, culture and cuisine.

Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of New York’s famed Le Bernardin, which continues to receive universal critical acclaim, including three stars from the Michelin Guide, an unprecedented “29” food rating from the Zagat Guide for the past three years, and consistent four-star reviews from the New York Times for over two decades. He has also served as guest judge and “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef for several seasons. Ripert is the author of four cookbooks, including 2010’s Avec Eric (based on his popular PBS program of the same name), On the Line, A Return to Cooking, and the Le Bernardin Cookbook.

TICKETS
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 16 at 10:00am. Ticket prices range from $70 to $90. Tickets will be available by phone at 888-746-1799, online at shnsf.com, or in person at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office.

A limited number of Premium tickets will be available for $195, which include: premier seating, a limited edition tour poster and VIP laminate, and exclusive access to a post-show meet and greet reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and photo and signing opportunities with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.
For more information visit: https://www.shnsf.com/online/bourdain

SHN Orpheum Theatre: 1182 Market Street (corner of Market and Hyde)

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OMG, the 2013 San Francisco MICHELIN Guide is Here, Almost! A List of Bib Gourmand (Good Value) Winners

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

“Michelin Reveals Bay Area’s 2013 Bib Gourmands Ahead Of MICHELIN Guide Debut – Seventy Restaurants Make Famous List for Quality Food at a Good Value

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2012 — Michelin revealed its coveted list of Bib Gourmand restaurants in the greater San Francisco area, exactly one week prior to the release of the highly anticipated MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013.

This year 70 establishments made the list–a list that represents a sizable geographic area, including the entire Bay Area and Wine Country.

The 2013 Bib Gourmands were selected by Michelin’s esteemed and anonymous food inspectors and they represent restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most importantly, they are the restaurants that the company’s inspectors frequent themselves.

While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is also a highly desired distinction among restaurateurs. In the 2013 edition, 21 different types of cuisine are represented among the Bib Gourmands and include restaurants across the region, including San Francisco, East Bay, Wine Country, Marin, South Bay and the Peninsula.

The Bib Gourmands are selected by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine across the area regularly. These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence. As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full. For more information on the inspectors and the guide go to www.michelinguide.com

San Francisco MICHELIN Guide 2013

Bib Gourmands =

Area District Restaurant
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East Bay Lafayette Artisan Bistro
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San Francisco Marina A 16
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San Francisco Mission Bar Bambino
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San Francisco Mission Bar Tartine
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East Bay Oakland Bellanico
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San Francisco Marina Betelnut
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San Francisco Marina Bistro Aix
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Wine Country Napa Valley Bistro Jeanty
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Wine Country Sonoma County Bistro 29
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Wine Country Sonoma County Boon Eat + Drink
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Marin Corte Madera Brick & Bottle
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Burma Superstar
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Wine Country Napa Valley C Casa
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Chapeau!
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East Bay Lafayette Chevalier
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East Bay Oakland Chu
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East Bay Berkeley Comal
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San Francisco Castro Contigo
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Wine Country Napa Valley Cook St. Helena
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East Bay Berkeley Corso
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San Francisco North Beach Cotogna
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Peninsula Redwood City Crouching Tiger
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Wine Country Sonoma County Cucina Paradiso
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San Francisco Mission Delfina
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San Francisco Civic Center Domo
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Peninsula Redwood City Donato Enoteca
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San Francisco Marina Dosa
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East Bay Berkeley FIVE
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San Francisco Mission flour + water
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San Francisco SoMa Fringale
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San Francisco Mission Gajalee
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East Bay Berkeley Gather
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South Bay Saratoga Hachi Ju Hachi
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Wine Country Sonoma County Hot Box Grill
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Marin San Anselmo Insalata’s
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East Bay Berkeley Ippuku
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South Bay Santa Clara Kabab & Curry’s
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Kappou Gomi
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Wine Country Sonoma County K & L Bistro
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San Francisco North Beach Kokkari Estiatorio
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Wine Country Sonoma County LaSalette
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San Francisco SoMa Le Charm
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Marin Sausalito Le Garage
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San Francisco Marina Mamacita
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Marin San Anselmo Marinitas
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San Francisco SoMa Marlowe
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Wine Country Sonoma County Monti’s Rotisserie
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Wine Country Napa Valley Oenotri
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Old Mandarin Islamic
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Peninsula San Mateo Osteria Coppa
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San Francisco Financial District Perbacco
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East Bay Oakland Plum
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Wine Country Napa Valley Redd Wood
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Wine Country Sonoma County Risibisi
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East Bay Berkeley Rivoli
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Wine Country Sonoma County Sazon
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Wine Country Sonoma County Scopa
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Sichuan Home
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San Francisco Financial District Slanted Door (The)
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San Francisco Mission Slow Club
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San Francisco Marina Sociale
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San Francisco Castro Starbelly
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Marin Sausalito Sushi Ran
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East Bay Danville Thai House
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Wine Country Sonoma County the girl & the fig
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San Francisco Richmond & Sunset Troya
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Wine Country Sonoma County Willi’s Wine Bar
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East Bay Oakland Wood Tavern
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San Francisco SoMa Yank Sing
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San Francisco SoMa Zero Zero
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Here are the Three Reasons Why You Were Foolish to Have Registered for the Bay to Breakers

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Three Reasons Why You Were Foolish to Have Registered for the Bay to Breakers:

1. Your money goes to Philip Anschutz, the Christian Billionaire – see below.

2. You don’t get a refund even if the Philip Anschutz people decide to cancel the race – you agreed to that in the oppressive agreement you made on the Bay to Breakers website when you signed up: “…all Race entry fees are non-refundable, even if Race is cancelled…” See after the jump for details on that.

3. Most other participants don’t pay, so why should you? Take a look right here, this is early on during the first hour of the 2012 event  – how many registrants can you spot?

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I’ll tell you, I see just one soul with a “racing” bib. Do you think any of these people cared about getting a “racing” time that shows how long it took them to run the BtoB? Do you think any of them were arrested by the SFPD? Do you think any of them were ejected from the “race” course by “race” organizers? I don’t.

Those were just Three Reasons Why You Were Foolish to Have Registered for the Bay to Breakers.

Sucker!

Often identified as “Christian billionaire Phil Anschutz”,[26] he is a Republican donor who supported George W. Bush‘s administration. He has been an active patron of a number of religious and conservative causes:

  • Helped fund Colorado‘s 1992 Amendment 2, a ballot initiative designed to overturn local and state laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation but was invalidated by Romer v. Evans after it passed.[19]
  • Contributed $70,000 in 2003 to the Discovery Institute, to specifically support the work of telecom guru George Gilder but not matters related to intelligent design. That fact was validated by Discovery President Bruce Chapman in a letter-to-the-editor to the Rocky Mounatain News, “Anschutz never gave that program a nickel,”[27]

The Discovery Institute is a think tank based in Seattle, Washington that also promotes intelligent design and criticizes evolution.[28]

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Sammy Kitwara and Mamitu Daska Win Bay to Breakers 2012, But Not As Many are Watching the Race This Year

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

There he is this morning, #21, on the right, already breaking away from the pack halfway through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle on Fell:

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Get all the deets on the high-placing runners right here at Fog City Journal from Luke Thomas.

Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t register for the 101st running of the Bay to Breakers, so that means I haven’t signed away my right to ever in my life “attack, embarrass or disparage” San Francisco’s littlest TV news station, KRON-TV.* Therefore, I have the freedom to ask, “What the hell, KRON? You start broadcasting the race at 8:00 AM after all the winners have crossed the finish line?”

Is this the smallest BtoB in recent memory? Seems that way. The past week the Philip Anschutz people couldn’t even give away registrations. Oh well.

LinkedIn won, once again, in the Centipede category:

(The Philip Anschutz people used to call this category “Human Centipede,” with hilarious results.)

Back in the day, there were hundreds of thousands of people out there on Bay to Breakers Day, and no fences, and everything seemed to work out. But in this day, of uptight rich white NIMBYs living in the Western Addition and Hayes Valley and district elections affecting the behavior of San Francisco Supervisors, things are different. OK.

OK fine.

*It’s true. It’s in the waiver you assented to – you can’t “attack, embarrass or disparage” any Sponsor and KRON’s a Sponsor so there you go.