It’s go time:
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I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.
Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.
Like just for fun. On McAllister:
He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)
Hats off to both these gentlemen.
Well, let’s see how things look these days on one-third of one-half of the first block of troubled Sixth Street these days.
On the left you can find the current roost of Mobile Command Three from the SFPD. It’s probably there owing to the recent murder (San Francisco’s first and only for 2012 so far) at Stevenson and Sixth. If the cops wanted to have a substation in this area, they’d already have one in there, of course, so the 415′s littlest Mobile Command unit is a kind of temporary substitute.
And look, the poorly-managed and poorly-situated Passion Cafe is no more. The sign that used to be there is gone. Will tourist-beloved Dottie’s True Blue Cafe move in there soon? I don’t know.
And oh, the Happy Donuts has finally moved in from across the street and, of course, the SFGov-backed Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers is now firmly ensconced on the corner. It’s hard getting used to having a fast food burger chain in here:
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So that’s what’s new in this active stretch of the corrupt Twitterloin.
Speaking of which, what’s up with this? Can you imagine going down to your local diner to get a malted or whatever and leaving your bike propped up against the building unlocked, thusly?
What is this, Mayberry, RFD or Osaka, Japan? I mean, I don’t think you can just leave your bike around on the sidewalk while you nosh on your twice-fried American fries, can you?
Well, I guess you can but it’s a good way to lose your ride with a quickness.
Or, maybe it’s a bait bike from the SFPD, put out there to see who would steal it? Anyway, it was there all by its lonesome for seven minutes at least, which has got to be some kind of record for Mid-Market. Hurray.
That’s your 2012 update for the heart of Mayor Ed Lee’s troubled Mid Market area…
I don’t know how long this ride has been sitting locked up on Fulton in the NoPA part of the Western Addition but it feels like a period of months now:
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Sometimes it falls down, but then people prop it up again.
The rear wheel has been pretty much taco’ed – see?
I’ll bet there’s a story behind that.
Now you’d think the cop who’s walking a beat in this area (while constantly swinging his billy club) around would notice at some point and have this bike hauled away…
Well, let’s let him Tweet the rest of the story:
“The good news? My iPhone 4, snatched out of my hand in SF (long story), just pinged, two weeks later! The bad news? http://t.co/ZBJ1J05“
Check it. Sai-going, Sai-gong, Sai-gone:
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But that’s not the worst part, oh no:
“Worst part was, I was holding it pretty close, waiting for a table at a restaurant. And *poof*, gone so quickly.”
(What a nice story – it’s like the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Mayor’s Office got together to write the copy, huh?)
All the deets here on the Twitter.
No matter, the Golden Gate Park Bike Coalition (hey, nice FB profile photo you’ve got there, GGPBC) is none too pleased:
“Perhaps if there were adequate bike parking in Golden Gate Park, even for large events like Hardly Strictly, bike massacres like this wouldn’t occur. (BIKE NOPA, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Inner Sunset Neighborhood Group, The Wiggle)”
Oh, the inhumanity:
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[UPDATE: Mike Billings has the deets on the "major gift" worth 75,000 from Warren Hellman to automate the irrigation system of part of the park.]
It’s a pretty crunchy scene, in places, with ganga smoke all over:
“Special” brownies are $4:
But some rules you can’t break. This Marijuana Provider truck parked as close as possible to the main entrance got the least expensive parking ticket possible – $23. Actually, that’s a good deal:
Speaking of parking, there was none left for bicycles in the afternoon:
So, up into the air they went. Once more unto the trees, dear friends, once more:
Appears as if the Plant People won out over the Bike People this go around – that would explain all the signage. But I didn’t see as much tree parking as there was in 2009. IMO, trees are pretty tolerant of bikes hanging about, but that’s JMO.
There was supposed to be an announcement of a “major gift” from F. Warren Hellman, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s favorite billionaire, to Golden Gate Park at the Banjo Stage this afternoon, seeing as how it’s the HSBF Decennial this year. There might have been a gift, but there was no announcement. Seen here with Emmylou Harris and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:
Mr. Hellman’s jacket sported at least two Stars of David, for the record. Not sure the meaning of the script:
(Perhaps thats a better getup than his Fred Flintstone outfit.)
Anyway, that’s how it’s going so far…