Posts Tagged ‘intersection’

Drivers at Fell and Masonic Need to be More Aggressive Heading North and Less Heading South

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Allow me to explain, Gentle Reader.

This driver’s heading south on Masonic. See what s/he did? S/he “blocked the box” because of carelessness. You gotta look ahead to see if the intersection will clear by the time your light turns red. It’s Da Law. This is what I mean when I say too aggressive.

On the other hand, drivers heading north on Masonic sometimes want to turn left onto Fell. Sometimes these people don’t commit to making the turn by entering the intersection. Instead, they hang back by the crosswalk about 40 feet from where they should be, srlsy. Ppl, you gotta commit to the turn, you gotta be more aggressive.

D’accord? 

D’accord!

Mid-Market Black Market Update: Donated Food for Sale, for Cheap! Oh and Millville “Crisp Rice” Cereal is Actually from General Mills

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Go figure.

Renoir Hotel, Market Street:

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When are these ladies going to stop?

 

 

Just One Graphic from the SF Weekly Beats Everything from The Bold Italic – Plus Photos of Black Market Food

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Here ya go, it’s Down and Out in Mid-Market:

Three-Dollar Chicken: The Ethical Dilemma of the Food Pantry Black Market by Albert Samaha

1. Do you see that “Market Street Specials” graphic, The Bold Italic? It’s better than anything you’ve ever done* since you came to town to try to make money hawking made-in-San-Fran goods to clueless tourists and your fellow newcomers, you dig? It serves THE READER, right? Oh, what’s that, TBI? Your job is to lose millions upon millions year after year to serve up a fat tax break for your corporate masters Back East? Well, mission accomplished.

2. And srsly, I don’t think it’s the job of SFGov-funded COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS to confiscate food in the Twitterloin.

3. Uh, the vast majority of food market food comes on 18-wheelers, you know, on pallets and stuff. (Speaking of corporate tax breaks…)

4. Adieu, writer Albert Samaha? :( It’s been real.

5. And finally, ah memories. Find the Crispy Hexagons cereal and win:

*To wit, let’s take legible information from an Excel spreadsheet and turn it into this garbage.

Seventh and Market Black Market Update: Now Featuring “Here Choccy Choccy” Cereal – How To Profit Off Of Donated Food

Friday, May 17th, 2013

(Or “Krave,” as you Yanks call it.)

And Big Cheez-Its, that’s also available at a steep discount on the corner of 7th and Market these days.

But, cheez it, the cops! See them?

Do they ever do anything down here?

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Everybody wins when big corporations, like, I don’t know, Wal-Mart, take big tax deductions for donating food and when donees sell it to happy customers. Hurray!

Seventh and Market Black Market Update: As Strong as Ever – Today’s Special Includes Donated Peaches and Tartar Sauce

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Now, how does the pink bag mafia keep cold food, like yogurt, cold, you know, after they pick it up for free?

Answer: They don’t.

Oh well.

Opening up for the brunch-time rush:

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And look, we’ll have Yet Another CVS on Market Street. (CVS is the Rite-Aid of the 2010′s, non?)

This has been your Seventh and Market Black Market Update.

Confused Driver Gets Ticketed Making the Infamous Left Turn at Fell And Masonic – Why the SFPD Cited Her

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

All right, camera right shows a light-colored Chevy properly waiting at the red arrow light to turn from westbound Fell onto southbound Masonic. The confused driver is in the  blue two-door Honda – she wants to make the same turn to get from NoPA to SoPA but she’s in the wrong lane.

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Of course back in the day, the Honda driver would have been driving properly but things changed at this intersection about a half-decade back. Check it. Anywho, she sat there waiting to turn left even though she had a green to proceed straight on Fell Street.

That pissed off the driver of the car behind her, so then its driver is all “hoooooooooonk!” You know, at the Blue Honda Chick.

She doesn’t budge ’cause she knows she wants to turn left, you know, from the wrong lane.    

Oh, here she goes, around the Chevy:

Now all that honking attracted the attention of the Park Station police, who also made an illegal left from the wrong lane in order to follow the blue Honda driver onto southbound Masonic. Here they are near Oak:

The moral of this story is that drivers will never get used to this unique intersection set-up. The reason being is that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition overruled the traffic engineers who originally had cars on Fell turning left at the beginning of the green light phase for Fell Street. But you see, that had car drivers “going first.”

Oh well.

On It Goes…

And oh, what you’re supposed to do when you mistake driving is to just go with it, go with the flow. You know, respond to stimuli. So like if you’re in the westbound lane and you have a green to go straight then you should go straight for a while EVEN THOUGH THAT”S NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW. Obliviously, you can’t just make up your own traffic rules…

The Mice of McAllister Street – Scrambling About the Sidewalks of the Western Addition’s Alamo Square

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

This poor critter didn’t know what to do out on the sidewalks of high-rent McAllister Street the other day:

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Eventually, this little feller/gal made it back into the big apartment building at McAllister and Steiner. You know, where s/he belongs.

This one:

Hurray!

Fin.

Gascon’s Boner: Kokkari-Boozing Drunk Driver Kills a Tourist Then Runs – But Only a Year in Jail for Joshua Calder?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Wow, this case ended up with a plea bargain for just twelve months in jail?

The case of Nils Linke used to be a BFD.

See? 

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But late last month it evaporated into nothingness, into a simple jail term.

So, you can booze it up at world-famous Kokkari restaurant, run over a German tourist despite your gf yelling at you to look out, get out of the car to move the German tourist’s bike off of the road (no, not him himself, just the bike, you leave the dude himself to die), get back into the car after switching seats with the gf, and then drive away, and your punishment, years later, will be, what six months, eight months, in county jail because that’s what District Attorney George Gascon is willing to sign off on. No trial, no nothing, just a plea deal.

So what would Joshua Calder have gotten without the hitting and the running and the seat switching? Three months? Community service?

Mmmm….

It Takes a Village (of Cops) to Bust a Hippie – The Sad State Justice Stephen Breyer’s Old High School, Lowell

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Here’s your Lowell High School timeline:

  • 1913 – School moved to new, larger campus on Hayes Street between Masonic Avenue and Ashbury
  • 1962 – School moved to current campus to make room for future expansion and add a library, gymnasium and larger auditorium

So this is where Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer actually went to high school, on the #21 Hayes line, back in the 50′s. Now it’s the John Adams Campus of troubled City College of San Francisco.

There are fewer drug dealers hanging about these days, but they’ve been replaced by bike thieves…

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Speaking of which, I think this ride has been abandoned for months now. Oh well:

Oh, here’s what Lowell High School looked like in 1917:

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And here’s the same place today:

See if you can match up the bricks with the shot at the top.

(Not much difference excepting for the Toyotas out front and the bright white racing stripe up high. That’s an ADA-complaint elevator shaft hanging off the side these days, one would think. Probably should have been standing about ten feet to the left – that telephone pole in front of the main entrance on Hayes probably is in the same place today as 1917 so it’d be a good tool for alignment. A tilt-shift lens and/or Photoshop would produce an almost identical image as the 1917 shot.)

Campus Information

Built in 1911 as Lowell High School, the John Adams building consists of 64 classrooms and labs, an auditorium, a state-of-the-art child care center, and offices for counseling and administrative services.  At this campus, we offer a variety of credit and noncredit courses and programs.  John Adams Campus also houses the Dean’s Office of the  School of Health and Physical Education.  Our mission here is to assist students in accomplishing their educational goal and to ensure student success.

John Adams Campus

1860 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA  94117
 
Google Map

  • #43 Masonic to Hayes/Masonic
  • #21 Hayes to Hayes/Masonic
  • #5 Fulton to Fulton/Masonic

In Case You Were Wondering, This is What It Looks Like to Go 35 MPH Down Castro Across Market Street

Monday, July 9th, 2012

You know, just in case you were wondering.

Instructions:

1. Go to http://www.youtube.com/html5 to enable HTML5 (if you haven’t already).

2. When playing back, use the Settings button (the “gear” icon that you also use to change resolution) to set the playback speed to 2x.

I’ll tell you, I’ve got more miles than you:

1. Driving in San Francisco; AND

2. Riding a bike in San Francisco; AND

3. Walking about in San Francisco* 

And let me tell you, it’s hard for me to watch the first few seconds of the above video in fullscreen without pressing the floor with my right foot.** Watching this vid at 2x kind of makes me nervous.

Anyway, just in case you were wondering….

*All three of those things. OTOH, you might have me beat on MUNI, particularly the bus lines. And BART, you might have me beat on BART as well. But not driving, cycling, OR walking about in the 415. Sorry, Junior. 

**You see, ’cause that’s my braking foot, and 35 MPH is simply Way Too Fast to come down Castro Street. IMO.