If this is what it takes to make the worst-run agency in San Francisco feel better about itself…
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This PG&E worker has the fun job of removing shoes from lines* overhead.
As seen in the Western Addition, ‘neath the Western Hemisphere’s largest classical dome.**
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My what a long pole you have…
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*A reference to “the first existential country song.” (Ignore the first ten seconds – it’s a little what you call saccharine.)
Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” ranked “Wichita Lineman” at #192.
“the greatest pop song ever composed”
“one of those rare songs that seems somehow to exist in a world of its own – not just timeless but ultimately outside of modern music”
I know I need a small vacation
but it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south
won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you
and I want you for all time
And the PG&E Lineman is still on the line
**Yes, larger than the U.S. Capitol’s. On purpose.
Well, it will be tougher to murder people sight unseen at the corner of Sixth and Stevenson from now on, as this shot from Bluoz shows.
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You open on Friday and then have lines out the door on Saturday – that’s how it goes in the 415.
OMG, this is it. [Cue O Fortuna]
You can’t beat that.
(I guess Ike won that NIMBY war after all. Good for him.)
Count of Monte Chase-O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
and then soothe
as fancy takes it;
but Hot Momma Huda
melts them like ice.
Fate – monstrous
you whirling wheel,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
you plague Ike Shehadeh too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your NIMBY villainy.
Fate, in health
and in virtue,
is against me,
and weighted down,
So at this hour
pluck the vibrating string;
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me
(And Vivian Ho discusses the current “uneasy mix between bikes, walkers” here.)
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Seems like 10 MPH might be a reasonable speed limit for cyclists, but, as always, You Make The Call.
So now, the East Sidewalk looks a little something like this.
O.K. Honey, put on your favorite dress while Daddy unpacks his suit and then we’ll walk the Golden Gate Bridge! Hey Honey, have you seen Daddy’s porkpie hat? Oh here it is:
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Well, it looks that way when you can see it, when the crowds aren’t around.
Speaking of which, leave us review this tale of woe from a month and a half ago. (You know, sometimes news bits read exactly like an opening statement from a plaintiff’s attorney. Why is that, I wonder?) Anywho, let’s skip through that to get to the point:
“Kaplan’s injury occurred June 19, while she was traveling back to San Francisco after cycling in the North Bay. While navigating the crowds, she noticed a woman with a camera crossing the sidewalk, unaware of her surroundings. Kaplan swerved to avoid the woman, forcing her to crash into the guardrail and land violently on the ground. “I was actually moving very slow,” said Kaplan, 27.”
No, no, no, no, no. Actually, Kaplan, 27, you were moving too fast for conditions. Obviously.
Leaving that aside, I’m at a loss as to why the GGBH&T didn’t attempt something like this paintjob like two months ago. (Was it raining every day back then? Maybe, I forget, srsly.)
Having said that, I don’t know what I would have done, you know, if I could have stood in the expensive shoes of the unelected politicians what run the bridge, you know, to lower the expectations of nutso roadies and other cyclists who expect to “make time” on the sidewalks of the GGB at 20 MPH+ regardless of any refurbishment activity or anything else in the world.
Fixing up the GGB – YAY!
The crazy-ass system of how the bridge and transpo district is governed, that unintended accident of history – BOO!
Kaplan, 27’s complete psychological denial over an accident she caused – BOO!
The GGB’s new attempt at directing traffic on the eastern sidewalk – YAY!
The GGB’s prior half-assed attempt at directing traffic on the eastern sidewalk from a couple months back – BOO!
Ever more deets from the GGB people, the gritty nitty, after the jump
This is the news that the Golden Gate Bridge District has for people who write into them asking wazzup with the crowded sidewalk these days, below.
We’ll have a nice line down the length of the bridge keeping ped and bike apart.
Thank Gaia the sidewalk isn’t as crowded these days as it was on this day back in 87:
Thank you for your comments regarding the current Seismic Retrofit construction being undertaken on the Golden Gate Bridge west sidewalk that is requiring all Golden Gate Bridge visitors to be sharing the east sidewalk for a temporary period of just four months, through September 2011.
We wanted to share some additional information and give you an update on several things as follows:
1) After three meetings held in May and June with sidewalk stakeholders including the Marin and SF Bicycle Coalitions as well as the bike rental companies, we are right now preparing to add striping and associated signage to the East Sidewalk to assist in better separating the cyclists and the pedestrians. The stripping and signage were agreed upon by the stakeholders. We have ordered the needed materials. We will perform this work at night as soon as the materials arrive and the weather cooperates.
2) We are also adding some “sandwich board” signs at locations leading to the East Sidewalk to assist in preparing all visitors to be cautious on the East Sidewalk.
3) We want to be reemphasize the West Sidewalk closure is a part of the critical Seismic Retrofit construction work that is occurring now on the Marin anchorage housing. This work being undertaken to allow the Bridge to remain standing during a nearby 8.3 Richter magnitude earthquake. This portion of the Seismic Retrofit Construction project began in April 2008 and retrofits the massive Marin anchorage housing and associated pylon N1. The 4-month-long temporary closure of the West Sidewalk is required as the roof of the Marin anchorage housing, of which both the East and West sidewalks are a part, has to be replaced. The timing for the work on the West Sidewalk is not ideal, but it was set in accordance with the contractors work flow and delaying this work was not an option. The retrofit construction project has been underway since late 1997, with little to no impact to our customers, and we ask for your continued patience.
4) We would also note that, according to SF Travel, the City of San Francisco has seen an increase of visitors from a daily average of 1,200 visitors in June 2011 to an average of 2,400 visitors just last week! People love to visit and experience this Bridge.
5) The Golden Gate Bridge is an international icon visited by at least 10 million people a year. We all must remember to share our beloved Bridge with visitors that come from around the globe to experience what we get to experience every day.
Thanks for your understanding during this critical construction project. AND, finally, there is ONE EVENT with a permit this weekend to be aware of: Sunday, July 17, Tri Cali Alcatraz Challenge Aquathon. Event time is 8 am to 12 noon when up to 600 runners will cross the EAST SIDEWALK heading north and turn around at Vista Point and return on the EAST SIDEWALK headed south. Learn more about permitted events that are scheduled here: http://goldengate.org/news/bridge/Construction-Alerts.php
I’ll tell you, I have no objection in particular about Airbus A380 superjumbo jets flying into and out of SFO, but over the past few years the arrival of this a/c got oversold, way oversold, by SFO, the old mayor’s office and the new mayor’s office.
Where’s your Messiah now, SFO?
Oh, here it is, at the Paris Air Show, bumping into buildings ‘n stuff. Sacre Bleu – Une Autre Allision!
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(Don’t call it a wing fence (or winglet or sharklet) the way some journalists do, oh no, call it a wingtip fence. Thusly: “The Superjumbo jet just lost another wingtip fence.)
“While the crew had been informed that the taxiway was clear for the A380, said Airbus, and the aircraft was on the centreline, it hit a building belonging to Aeroports de Paris.”
Hey SFO, why don’t you actually do something by getting your runways farther apart so you’ll be future-ready instead of just A380-ready?
Just asking, SFO Bro.