Posts Tagged ‘limo’

FLASHBACK: Watch a Young Jack Bauer Meet with Dennis Hopper in Front of City Lights Bookstore a Quarter-Century Ago

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Extended Dance Version here – I’m afraid this has become an earworm.]

The film Flashback had bad reviews for the most part, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying 25 year old footage from a pre-streetscaped,* pre-SFMTA* North Beach:

You see, at the beginning Jack Bauer was the uptight one and Dennis Hopper was the hippie – that’s the whole movie.

And it’s the later version of Big Audio Dynamite doing the audio – quite bouncy with plenty of orchestra hits and Rolling Stones samples.

Oh, and note the old-school MUNI bus at 0:03 in the window reflection…

*AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!

“If I do what I wanted
I just don’t have the time
I want to ride my motorcycle
Into the sunshine

My tv is laughin’
Makin’ me feel small
Like I’m sad in a cell
All I can is these walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall

[Chorus:]
Oh Free
To be what I will
Oh Free
I’ll keep it up till
I’m Free
Or I won’t have nothing at all
(End Chorus)

This is my life
I’m livin it, I will pay
But why should I care about all that today
I need a head start
And I don’t want to stall
Gonna take a bulldozer to break down the walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall

[Chorus:]

And I know ’bout all the graveyards
Tumble-down farms and shacks
I’ve gotta get out on the highway
And I’m not comin’ back
There’s a small town in the mountains where I’ll do my thing
It’s this Credit Card Livin’ I find Stifling
I wanna see the river turning into the falls
Been down for so long now I wanna stand tall
So I’m packing my belongings and fear into my hold-all
And I never wanna see another Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall

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Once we get out of the 80’s the 90’s are gonna make the 60’s look like the 50’s

(Flashback Soundbyte)
Woah! Whew! I aint had a rush like that since the Berkeley Riots!

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It should be kicking in by now

(Flashback Soundbyte)
Ugh. I actually got him.

Rare Sighting of a Maybach in Frisco – A “Remarkably Clumsy” 20-Foot-Long Car – The Rolling Mistake from Mercedes-Benz

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This thing is so big, it don’t even fit in the viewfinder:

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Now here’s the middle part of it:

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I haven’t seen a Maybach in Frisco since The Aughts. And then there was that time I think I saw another one back in aught-seven, perhaps doing service for our local Consulate General of India.

I’ll tell you, this particular ride above appears to have come straight from Los Angeles. It sure doesn’t belong here.

Anywho, the bones of these failed beasts, these discontinued orphan cars, date to the Reagan era.

All the deets from those Haters at Wiki:

According to Fortune Magazine, after missing out on the chance to purchase Rolls-Royce and Bentley when they were up for sale in the 1990s, “Mercedes backpedaled and decided it needed to be in the ultra-luxury business too, but it went after it in a remarkably clumsy way.” Fortune stated that the first Maybach models had poor driving dynamics compared to its contemporaries from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, as “Mercedes took an aging S-class chassis and plopped an absurdly elongated body on it … rather than develop a new car from the wheels up, as BMW did with Rolls-Royce, or cleverly use the underpinnings of an existing model like the Volkswagen Phaeton for a new Bentley.” Furthermore, Maybachs were never advertised as owner-driven vehicles, as the company believed that the luxury amenities would be sufficient to sell and they even insisted that auto journalists (who usually test drive the vehicle) ride in the backseat.

All right, let’s say ba-bye:

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The SFMTA’s Restriping of JFK Drive Has Been a Massive Failure for a 100 Small Reasons – Let’s Take a Short Trip

Friday, January 9th, 2015

These cyclists stopped for peds at the prior stop sign, and I thought, “These are pretty polite cyclists,” because, you know, most of the time cyclists don’t stop for peds and/or stop signs.

So then here’s the next stop sign, where the peds stutter-stopped for fear of being hit by the very same cyclists:

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Moving on, further into the park, with the very same cyclists, to see this woman, who was totally blocking the bike lane with her body and two open passenger doors. She was oblivious. Then she notices what she’s doing so she goes back to shut the rear door…

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…and then the front door as the cyclists wait:

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This place is a mess. Many long-time cyclists now avoid using JFK. Is this what the all-seeing all-knowing SFMTA wanted? IDK. Oh what’s that, cycling in San Francisco is going to increase six-fold by 2020 (I’m seriously, this was the goal, this was what was “expected” by local pols not too long ago), so we need to accommodate all the new traffic? But what if that huge increase doesn’t materialize and then you lose a significant chunk of the pre-existing riders?

(Any survey from the SFMTA showing broad-based support for these changes isn’t a real survey.)

Moving on, to this. Where else in the world do they put a kink into double yellow lines.

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Why do this? Is this “good design?”

Why not have a single dashed line? (I know that the SFMTA has its reasons, but in other locations these double yellows would be seen as a cue that encourages speeding.)

In short, the restriping of JFK is a mess, a continuing mess, one that was spawned by the SFMTA for ideological reasons.

Oh well.

Vox populi:

“I cannot imagine that any survey demonstrates that most people like the new lanes. I’ve read dozens and dozens of comments and the vast majority feel the same way as I do, which is that these lanes are dangerous for everyone. And what about emergency vehicles? How do they pass when motorists cannot pull to the right? This past Saturday, 4/20, a fire truck got stuck in traffic at the eastern end of JFK. Traffic backed up in both directions. It was utter chaos. And Jesus, does it make the road look ugly or what?”

Redux

“My primary observation on the new bike lanes is that separating them somewhat from the vehicle traffic lanes seems to have been a signal that cyclists should ride a bit faster and ignore the stop signs and pedestrian crossing rules. I find them much more dangerous as a pedestrian. I have taken to holding an arm out when crossing any road in SF to signal my intent, but I am nearly struck daily by cyclists.”

Sunset District Princess: A 1960’s-Era Austin Limousine from the UK

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

As photographed by James Corrigan:

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Wow.

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The SFMTA’s Secret Plan to Kick Lyft and Uber (But Not Taxis!) Off of Market – It’s Called “Safer Market Street” and It’s Coming Next Year

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

So apparently, the SFMTA is working on a plan to ban cars from parts of Market Street while still allowing them to cross over Market Street?

It’s called “Safer Market Street.”

Will kicking cars off of Market Street betwixt Montgomery and Eighth make Market “safer?” I don’t know. (But if the SFMTA wants to propose kicking buses and taxis off of Market, well then that certainly would make Market safer, IMO. )

I don’t know why we allow the SFMTA to do whatever it wants without getting something in return. Like, OK SFMTA, we’ll let you spend all this money on the porked-up Central Subway project, but in exchange, you’d have to bring MUNI up to the level of a mediocre big-city transit system.

Anyway, it’s easy to get tripped up with all the Orwellian names the SFMTA comes up with, like Great Streets! and “Livable” Streets and Safer Market and Better Market, but see if you can figure the words you can see below.

First up, a rep from the local government-subsidized urban renewal outfit uses the word pilot as a verb, because that’s the lingo:

Lawrence Li (SPUR): Can you pilot some of these auto restrictions? 
Some auto restrictions were piloted in 2009 and have since then become permanent. We do not 
plan to pilot auto restrictions at this time due to environmental review constraints. However, 
there is a separate project, independent of Better Market Street, called Safer Market Street that 
is looking at implementing some auto restrictions between 8th and Montgomery potentially as soon as next year. The public kick-off for that project is planned for later this summer.”

And here’s a way for the SFMTA to stick it to the man, to fight back against those TNC’s by supporting cabbies:

“Kevin Carroll: There are private autos operating as taxis such as Lyft, Uber, etc. Will they be 
allowed to drive on Market Street with these auto restrictions in place? 
No. These services are subject to the private vehicle restrictions and would not be allowed on 
Market Street with these auto restrictions in place.”

That’s all I know. Like I said, it’s secret, more or less, for now.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Oh No, This Yellow Limousine Bus from White Motors is Just More Competition for San Francisco’s Beleaguered Taxi Industry

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Here it is. It looks a lot like this one, huh?

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And then there’s this:

“There is such a shortage of drivers, we are basically trying to empty the ocean with an eyedropper,” Hayashi said. “So we may have recruited a few, but not nearly enough.”

Hey didn’t the SFMTA recently institute an enormous “tax” on medallions? Hey, was that a good idea? Oh it was, ’cause that’s the money what pays your six-figure salary? Ok fine…

College-Educated Woman Baffled by the SFMTA’s Horrible New Painted Lines on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

You see? She’s going the wrong way on the wrong side of the street in the door zone / loading area for cars legally parked on the eastern part of JFK

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I guess that makes this Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #4, but I’m not saying that this is a common thing or anything. I mean, do you think she ran against traffic before these crazy bike lanes were put down? I don’t.

(And speaking of guessing, the median San Francisco resident aged 25 and over has at least one college degree, so that’s why I said college-educated woman. I mean, her appearance just screamed post-collegiate.)

In closing, those new JFK bike lanes be crazy.

Or in other words:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #3, Riding in the Loading Zone

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Let’s see, how can I phrase this? How about:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Or this, or this,whichever.

Now here’s the reaction from a former San Francisco Bicycle Coalition member from just last week:

“JFK used to be one of the most stress free roads to bike on. I curse the SF bike coalition whenever I take it now. You shouldn’t shun a group because of one move you disagree with but the disparity between how much I loved biking this road before to how much I dislike it now is just too great. They’ll never see another penny from me. Such an unneeded change done just because they could.”

On to new business

Believe or not, these cars are legally parked on JFK  Drive. Most of the cyclists are where they belong, but what about the people who ride in the loading area in the “door zone?” Is that what cyclists are supposed to do? Is it legal? Should it be? Should they, somehow, know what the SFMTA was thinking? Should the cyclists get cited to “teach them a lesson?”

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I don’t know.

And the SFMTA is proud because they’ve determined that cyclists are going slightly slower now?

Yep.

The SFMTA Gods Must Be Crazy – Absurd Painted Lines on JFK Drive Confuse Handicapped Parker

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Let’s see, how can I phrase this? How about:

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

Or this, whichever.

Now, on to new bidness. Check out these handicapped parking spaces on JFK Drive outbound just past the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

The driver of the car on the right has a valid handicapped placard so she parked her ride right next to the blue-painted curb with her two right wheels well within the 18 inch maximum allowed under the law. Which would be job done in most places in CA. But what grandma doesn’t know is that this stretch of JFK Drive is now Harvard-Boy Ed Reiskin* Crazy Land.

In HBERCL, drivers should park their vehicles 18 feet from the curb, as shown by the jelly bean shaped Lexus** RX on the left.

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Does this make any sense?

I’ll tell you, my nana isn’t driving these days owing to her recent stomach surgery, but what would I tell her if she wanted to park her Hyundai in GGP?

I’d tell her, welcome to Harvard-Boy Ed Reiskin Crazy Land. I’m saying that I feel sorry for handicapped drivers who are confused by the one-of-a-kind-in-the-world layout that was just installed to make a political point and to respond to pressure from local political groups. I’m saying that the SFMTA should take account of the users of JFK, you know, grandmothers from Nevada, families from Daly City, you know, the people who are invisible to the SFMTA. I’m saying I feel sorry for this particular*** frustrated grandmother.

Hey SFMTA! Your crazy painted lines are not a “huge success.”

Hey SFMTA! What are you going to do about fixing JFK Drive for its users? Oh nothing, because you think it’s perfect because it was just put in by the SFMTA?

OK fine.

But IRL, what you’ve done is not perfect.

Not perfect at all.

* Hi Ed! Hey, do you know what happened to Jin Lai last month? His guts were squeezed out of his body “like toothpaste coming out of a tube.” A better-run MUNI would have these guards installed 99.something percent of the time, right? And MUNI could be better-run using the same amount of money that we’re giving you now, right? Are you the best person in the world to run MUNI? Obviously, you inherited a bunch of ingrained practices, but you wanted this job, right? You get paid big bucks to do this job, right? What kind of grade would you give yourself on this incident, Ed? If it’s not an “F,” you’re in denial. Deep denial. 

**Grandma’s placard is almost certainly legit. The one on the Lexus has about a 50-50 chance of being legit. If it were a V8 or V12 Mercedes Benz, those odds would go down to about 10%. That’s how it goes with CA’s corrupt free parking handicapped placard honor system.

***She ended up hanging a Louie and motored off, as there were no spaces available at this time.

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #2, Parking Lane Too Small

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Now of course the westbound driving lane of JFK Jr. Drive is pretty narrow as well, by design, to make drivers think about maybe not driving into GGP next time.

But anyway, this  here is the parking lane, which drivers don’t understand. They worry about cyclists catching thier driver-side rear view mirrors for one thing. So they sort of ignore the lines.

Now this particular vehicle has an owner with a brand-new ticket for $189 (before fees, oh, the fees), but I think that has to do with leaving it overnight in the park, or parking on JFK during a “Healthy” Sunday, that kind of thing: 

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Realize that this absurd lane scheme is a recent idea what sprung from the SFMTA Brain Trust. They think that this is a huge success since some faster cyclists now avoid the area and average speeds have come down a skosh. OK fine. Realize that the SFMTA thinks it’s doing a bang-up job running MUNI.

There will be a quiz. Better bone up now:

Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Jr Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #1, Tripod Zone, Hummer Limo Zone