Posts Tagged ‘heights’

Jackson Street Tableau: What Bus Drivers Have To Deal With That They Didn’t Use To – UBER, Lyft, and Lots of Package Delivery

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

I’ll tell you, the (actual or soon-to-be) millionaires living at or near the highest-numbered block of Jackson Street, well they must be overjoyed that VC’s are subsidizing their dirt-cheap chauffeured rides home from the Financh in brand-new Lexuses, non?

Now back in the day, you’d have to pay more for a junky old taxi ride home, and then of course taxis were tough to hail, owing to longstanding SFGov / SFMTA policies, oh well. And look, here comes a Lyft Prius, going around the also double-parked DHL package delivery van, you know, now that we get lots and lots of stuff delivered.

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Anyway, the DHL could have easily parked in front of a garage, as could have the UBER driver, you know, instead of double parking.

And of course yes we had taxis double parking back in the old days, and delivery trucks too, but now we have lots more vehicles to deal with – we have UBER and Lyft taxis and all those delivery trucks.

My point is that this scene from 2018 looks a lot different from 2008 or 1998…

A Simple Quiz, One You Will Fail: Which is Higher on Mt Tam – West or East Peak? – And Which Used to be Higher?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

So there are four possible answer sets to these two questions, so you’ve got a 25% chance of success by simple guessing. Now if you know then answers, then you know the answers and you won’t be tricked and you’ll win. OTOH, if you use INTUITION (the Heart) or REASONING (the Mind), I don’t think you’re going to get both answers correct, and actually I think you’d be better off just flipping a coin to help with answering.

And when I say used to be higher, think 100 years ago or so. Or 200, it doesn’t matter.

Tamalpais – West Peak on the left, East Peak on the right:

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All right, well 100 years ago was afore the time our U.S. Army plumb blew up / excavated the West Peak, as you can see by the unnatural flatness and the big radar dome golf ball up there.

But check it, the West Peak is still higher, even now, by the smallest of amounts, even though the East Peak totally looks higher from the south, which is how most people look at it.

So, I’ll agree that West Peak looks shorter and I knew the story about how it used to be higher than East Peak, but I am surprised to learn, after living here since the 1980’s, more or less, that West Peak is higher.

If you want to debate this, then be my guest. We’re only talking about a couple feet difference no matter what.


The Macher of Arguello: Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre Convertible

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

I see this dude all the time:

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He rules the 94118

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Historic Koshland Mansion, Frisco’s Most Expensive Listing, is Taken Over by HandyCam-Toting Skateboarders – Another Indignity at 3800 Washington

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

For one brief shining moment, some thought Taylor Swift would buy this long-empty fixer-upper up in Presidio Heights.

Then there was the art-thieving squatter – he’s imprisoned now, AFAIK.

And now this is how things looked last week:

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I count five sk8tr boyz recording their tricks up there.

Look for the results on the YouTube.

Our poor, poor Koshland Mansion…

Hilly San Francisco, Where You Need a Tall Ladder to Climb Down Into Your Backyard

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Benton Avenue, Bernal Heights:

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The Giant Gnomons of The Bayview – Steel is Real – Track This Sundial to Hilltop Park

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Here’s is all I know about the giant sundial:

This sundial is located in Hilltop Park in the Bayview District of San Francisco. The steel gnomon is 78 feet long.”

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Big, isn’t it?

San Francisco’s Only Real “Gated Community” is Presidio Terrace – The Gates are Always Open But There’s a Guard to Keep You Out

Friday, July 11th, 2014


But dividing the cost of a security guard among 20-something families is prolly pretty expensive, so at other times there’s only an empty SUV posted as sentry.

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And best of all, the place is Caucasians-only, sort of:

In a small brochure,¬†Object Lessons in Homebuilding, developers Baldwin and Howell promoted racial covenants as part of a¬†set of deed covenants attached to a¬†model planned gated suburb, Presidio Terrace. Deed covenants were used to ensure protection from the nuisances of uncontrolled growth following the 1906 earthquake and to create a community of ‚ÄúCaucasians‚ÄĚ only in Presidio Terrace. Among such progressive urban design amenities as underground utilities, asphalt roads for automobiles, and private picturesque streets, racial covenants guaranteed racial homogeneity as an integral part of desirable suburban housing. Baldwin and Howell marketed Presidio Terrace lots by focusing comparatively on the settlement of Japanese immigrants in the Western Addition district of San Francisco as undesirable and blighted by racial pathologies.”

An Eye-Opening Lecture for Recreation and Parks Employees About the Importance of Not Driving On The Grass

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Let’s take a peek through the open door:

The part of this lecture that I overheard appeared to do a good job about hammering home the rule about RPD workers not driving* park vehicles on the grass.

Here’s your context, from last year:

Woman killed by SF truck identified as outrage grows –¬†Vivian Ho and Kurtis Alexander

*There might be an exception if there’s also a spotter in the cab of the pickup, IDK.

So Who Owns the Koshland Mansion at 3800 Washington Anyway? Taylor Swift or CNET’s Halsey Minor or “Miss Xia Xu?”

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[UPDATE: Well, as of December 2014, 3800 Washington is, once again, off the market, or so they say. See the old webpage, below.]

Well, this was the big rumor of May 2014:

Taylor Swift Rumored To Buy Historical Presidio Heights Mansion for $18M

Then the Taylor Swift people said no way, Jose.

But hey, look what’s on the front door now, a weathered posting:

Here’s my stab at it:







But here’s the For Sale sign that’s still there. (Note the smallish 3810 Washington next door on the left.)

And here’s¬†the web site still offering the place for sale. Check it out – the floor plans make this place look amazing, with levels up and down into the earth

And here’s the current listing.

This certainly is a mystery…

Subterranean by design
I wonder what I would find
If I met you, let my eyes caress you
Until I meet the thought of Miss Princess Xu?


The Classiest Port-A-Potty You’ll Ever See – Who’ll Want to Reclaim This Wood? – Down and Out in Presidio Heights

Monday, April 28th, 2014