It’s a Mathemagician!
Or a Mathlete.
I’ll tell you, I actually got around to watching that five-minute clip from the Today Show about bike thieves in the West Coast Capital of Bike Thievery, San Francisco.
And I says, “1729, huh?” You see, that was the street address on the front door that that Today Show guy knocked on. And they showed the street itself, so I guessed a 94124 zip code and then excluded the first two hits (1729 Geneva and 1729 Sunnydale because they both didn’t make sense) by making this Google search: “-Geneva -Sunnydale 94124 1729 .”
And, lo, up pops 1729 McKinnon in the Lower Third:
It’s sort of funny how the bike thief made a bee-line to the Thieves Market at Civic Center – that’s what you could see when they showed the GPS track. Anyway, the next stop was a shed in the Bayview.
SF, you have a problem with bike theft – deal with it. Like, it’s national news, literally.
Our little town, second-largest in the Bay Area, got some national attention yesterday. See the video below.
Do you think appointed Interim Mayor Ed Lee knows about it? IDK. Prolly not, as he’s being pressured to raise more money to run for reelection and his people probably don’t have reason to tell him.
“TODAY | September 02, 2014
Rossen Reports: Bike bandits caught on camera
According to the FBI, nearly 200,000 bikes are stolen every year. To show how quickly it can happen, NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and his team locked a bike to a tree in San Francisco and not only captured its theft on camera, but followed it on its journey after being stolen.”
Poor Ed Lee.
Poor San Francisco.
I guess if a bike has been locked up for months at the same place outside, you could say that its owner abandoned it due to theft of parts, but is it right to take parts yourself?
I’d say when a stolen bike reaches this point, propped up against a garbage can, you can feel good about taking whichever parts you want:
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I don’t know which SFGov agency is in charge of clearing out San Francisco’s numerous locked-up bike carcasses. Maybe it’s DPW?
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…