Posts Tagged ‘liquor’

Sisters Doing it for Themselves: Trying to Remember Bay to Breakers Before the NIMBYs’ Ban on Nudity

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

[UPDATE: Here’s the other shot of these two in action.]

You kids might be too young to remember, but the annual Bay to Breakers footrace used to run wild on the streets.

As here, from back in The Aughts.

At this point, race-leader Caroline Rotich (#2) must have been thinking how different things are here compared with Kenya:

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Ah memories…

Western Addition NoPA Shoplifter Busted for Whiskey from Lucky – Rastaman Goes Down Hard on Fulton

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Well here’s the MacGuffin, what the drama the other day at the “ghetto Lucky” on Fulton near Masonic was all about – a 1.75 litre bottle of Old Whiskey River Whiskey from (Willie) Nelson County, Kentucky.

I heard you’re supposed to get a Willie Nelson guitar pick attached to the neck of every bottle of this brand of six-year-old Bourbon, but I didn’t see it: 

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Anyway, that was what was dropped outside of the Lucky on Saturday, just by the eastern entrance.

And just beyond that towards the street was this scene. Can you see the little dude wrapping his arms around the legs of the big guy? I think that’s what they call tactics:

See? Timber:

And then ka-thud on the sidewalk of Fulton:

Out come the handcuffs from the undercover agent (called “the L.T.” [lieutenant?] by Lucky employees):

And then it’s past the place where the shoplifted whiskey got dropped and back into the store to wait for the SFPD. Just another day in Paradise south of McBaker and west of the HayBro, just another day in the NoPA, Western Addition, San Francisco, California, USA:

Does this particular Lucky lose lots of alcohol on lazy Saturday and Sunday afternoons?

Well, considering that Lucky hires people just to lie in wait for shoplifters, I’d say yes.

Take it away, Mo:

Learn to love me 
Assemble the ways 
Now, today, tomorrow and always 
My only weakness is a listed crime 
My only weakness is … well, never mind, never mind

Oh, shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over 
Shoplifters of the world 
Hand it over 
Hand it over 
Hand it over 

NoPA Grandmother Tries to End Bay to Breakers Street Party 2011 All By Herself – Gets Ignored – Gets High-Fived

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This semi-official “Neighborhood Ambassador” of the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers event somehow got the idea that she should  start shutting down the annual after-party on Fell Street all by herself.

She spent a while hectoring these street youth until one of them proffered his hand for a high-five good-bye. (You see, he was too polite just to walk away during the haranguing session.) She left him hanging for a bit with his hand fixed in the air but eventually she responded in kind and then the kids, the Future of America, the people who were doing nothing wrong, felt free to walk away without appearing to be too disrespectful.

The scene on Fell – what happens when you try to end an afternoon party at lunchtime:

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Some of the “Ambassadors” felt it was their job to prevent people from walking across the Panhandle to get to the other side, you know, the same way residents of Fell Street do the other 364 days of the year, However, the citizens of SF mostly managed to ignore these brownshirts.

Good times.

See you next year in 2012, Bay to Breakers!

The Best Photos From Bay to Breakers 100, Including Some Naked People – Who Got Nude in 2011?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

OMG, once again, it’s Bay to Breakers:

“Thank you Bay to Breakers…my naked guy quota for the year has been accomplished in one day.”

O.K. then.

Fell Street in the afternoon – it was house party after house party:

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All right, a few NSFW naked people, after the jump.

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Historic Bay to Breakers 100 Panhandle Street Party Rages On Into the Afternoon – Plus, the SFPD’s Real Policy on Alcohol

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Journalists Gerry Shih Jennifer Gollan reveal the street-level policy of the SFPD at the Bay to Breakers when encountering an non-registered partier with alcohol

“If they’re open containers we pour it out,” said an officer who declined to give his name. “If they’re closed we leave them alone. If they’re drunk we take them to the tank, if they fight we arrest them.”

This comports exactly with what I’ve seen. So that’s what you should keep in mind when you show up for the street party in 2012

Now, check it, the cops have already passed through and DPW is still cleaning up Fell Street, but, the party rages on past 1:00 PM:

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After the elite runners finish up at 7:40 AM, it’s an all-out street party for the 415, all day long.

Hurray!

Bay to Breakers 100: “Private Security” (At-Risk Youth, for the Most Part) and Anschutz Brownshirts Powerless

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

You see them, the two “Ask Me” Brownshirts, “monitoring” the historic Bay to Breakers street party – don’t they look a little dejected and pissed off?

Well, guess what? They were, in actuality, dejected and pissed off.

Some people, like the Yes on Prop 8 crew, actually like volunteering for “Christian Billionaire” Philip Anschutz but others aren’t cut out for it.

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Boy, won’t these souvenuir T-shirts help them to remember all the good times they’re not having by trying to rat out people actually having a good time?

No, not actually.

And the “private security,” the ones wearing (I presume) City-issued green and orange safety vests, well, some of them are aging homeless people and others are “at-risk” youth, who feel quite free to hit on unregistered, female, “bandit” party entrants. And oh, smoke marijuana OTJ as well. Oh well.

And all the while, a party rages on the next block over. Meet the real neighbors of the NoPA:

The cool people in the ‘hood open their doors, the uncool people join task forces.

And cry, the uncool people do a lot of crying too.

Oh well.

Cold Busted: Bay to Breakers 100 Floats Ejected from Street Party in Hayes Valley

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Don’t think that you can just roll your float past the cops at Fell and Laguna this year.

Your keg-carrying float will be ejected for sure, it would seem – see the float near the top getting surrounded?

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Bay to Breakers 100 Results and Photos: Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui and Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi Win in 2011

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Lineth Chepkurui (Bib #1) just after descending the Hayes Street Hill:

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Ridouane Harroufi (Bib #24) on Fell Street:

The Great Towaway of Bay to Breakers 100 a Huge Success – But, There are Fewer Than 100 Port-a-Potties in the Panhandle

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Now remember, personal headphones are legal at today’s Bay to Breakers 100, but nudity is not – or is that the other way round? No matter, as long as you spectators can make it to Hayes Street Hill and the Panhandle area in the Western Addition, you’ll be sure to catch the action.

Why do they call the somewhat corrupt company what tows away your car “Auto Return?” They ought to call themselves Auto Take-away, right?

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!

Bay to Breakers 100 Update – Parking Still Left at the DMV – Not Too Many Port-A-Potties Yet – Scanning Your Fake Bib

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

There’s still place to pahk you cahr in the yahd of the DMV at Fell and Broderick, if you can prove you live close enough to satisfy whomever’s there to satisfy.

At this late date, on BtoB 100′s Eve, the Panhandle area has fewer than 100 port-a-potties set up, which is a little odd, since it’s the scene of the most intense partying. Go figure.

Fell Street as Abbey Road:

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And is Proposition 8-supporting P. Anschutz and his Anschutz Entertainment Group really going to scan in 60,00 plus bibs to see if they’re real?

“…race bibs will be scanned to ensure they are real…”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see…

See you on gameday!