Man, these things were low and loud over the freeway.
I’m thinking this is something in the Sikorsky MH-60K or L or M part of the alphabet, owing to the refueling probe, but it’s very possible that Wiki isn’t up-to-date on this topic:
Like this one.
I suppose you could have heard the tour guide over the P.A. jabbering away, but the noise of the diesel engine was louder.
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So no biggee, right?
So this isn’t actually kind of like the Wild, Wild West at all, right?
Oh, and NEWSFLASH, HOMEOWNERS: You actually live in the Western Addition. And actually, you’re not special.
Oh, and NEWSFLASH, HOMEOWNERS: The pols you consider friends actually don’t like dealing with you.
Oh, and NEWSFLASH, HOMEOWNERS: The white trash visitors you despise are happy people, generally. The white trash visitors you despise are BETTER THAN YOU, believe it or not.
So dry your tears and try to carry on.
Well, it’s not much yet, but this is the biggest reaction I’ve seen so far to the relatively new Whole Foods outlet at the end of Haight Street near Stanyan.
Do you see this Kramer-esque sign hanging off the back of 1965 Page? It’s new.
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Now I don’t know what these NIMBYs paid for that sign but I’d imagine something like hundreds of dollars. Most passersby weren’t aware of it, cause of how and where it’s hung. But go to the northeast corner of the parking lot and then look northeast and you’ll be sure to find it. (WF employees were doing just that yesterday afternoon, having a laugh.)
And I guess that this is the FaceBook page?
“Whole Foods Inc Bad Neighbor ” “This page is for those who have unresolved neighborhood noise issues with Whole Foods Markets, Inc. Please share your experience, links, pictures, videos. Invite others, anywhere in the universe. Support your local markets.”
(You don’t have a website yet, NIMBYs?)
Now, I’ll tell you, the parking lot at this Whole Foods fills up with regularity, cause it’s too small. (And that’s just the way “the neighbors” or the Planning Department or somebody wanted it to be. By design.) So I don’t know how the people who wanted a small parking lot have the right to complain about a small parking lot. Anyway, the way Trader Joes Masonic handled the parking issue was to take over parking spaces on the right side of southbound Masonic in partnership with the City. (I mean, first you’ve got to exist, and then you can address the issues what pop up, that’s how you’ve got to do it.)
The parking lot attendants at this particular WF will direct shoppers into non-existent spots in front of the store, you know, in order to pack the largest number of cars into the lot. Of course there are signs telling drivers not to block Stanyan, but nobody pays attention to them.
We’ll just have to wait to see how this one turns out.
In the meantime, meet your new NIMBY neighbors, so far:
Susan Leas LathamLeda Nevin AguirreHolly EdsonSoumyaa Kapil BehrensJohnson HorTed DeLongVanessa PictonGabriel HaalandKenneth HeikkilaFran GentryLoraine Cruz CummingsDarlene PolankaMichelle
Oh, and here’s something that people actually noticed, back in the day, on Stanyan:
This building on Stanyan can be seen from all over, so it would be a better location to launch an anti-grocery store campaign, IMO.
And nascent NIMBY’s, the time to attack Progress is before the gro sto goes in. I mean, did you expect the parking lot to be empty all the time? Did you expect the food to be teleported in via Wonka-Vision?
To close, here are some palliative cliches from Whole Foods itself:
“Sent: Thu, August 25, 2011 7:02:26 PM
Subject: RE: HVAC at 690 Stanyan Street
Whole Foods Market Haight Street store has received your concerns regarding HVAC noise. We take all our neighbors’ concerns and questions seriously and work to accommodate requests whenever and wherever possible. The neighborhood we serve is extremely important to us and we want to be a good community member. We had our HVAC service company come to double check that all the adjustments that we have made the past few months were still up to par . There were only two minor adjustments needed.
While we are within the legal limits for noise required by the city, Whole Foods Market Haight has made many adjustments in response to HVAC inquiries, including:
o We reprogrammed the HVAC system to shut down between 8PM and 8AM to reduce noise when people are home
o We also changed our thermostat settings two degrees lower so the heat would kick on later in the morning
o We installed sound dampening devices on all our rooftop condensing fans
o We had our own acoustic, electric and HVAC engineers come out to test and fine tune our system for noise reduction and ensure we were within our legal limits
o Additionally, we had the Department of Public Health Environmental Services come back out to re-test and ensure we were operating within the legal limits
While the adjustment to any new neighbor may take some time, we truly hope we can peacefully co-exist with our neighbors in the Haight”
[UPDATE: Oh yes, the birds, too - I forgot about them.]
Get up to speed right here on tonight’s surprise fireworks show in the Music Concourse for the benefit of the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball.
Per the SFGiants:
“If you’re in The City and you hear fireworks in a minute, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the #SFGiants private World Series Gala at GG Park.”
But, uh oh:
“Seeing complaints from people in SF about the Tuesday night Fireworks. Giants better win the World Series for the city after this one!”
“Oh apparently it’s some fireworks show for the Giants over GG park? Effing stupid. I’ve never seen a city so obsessed with a sports team.”*
Here’s the video.
Can you hear the chants of, “Let’s go, Giants?”
And here’s the view from Fell Street:
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And here’s the mise en scene with Sutro Tower in the background.
This show was scheduled to end at 10:25 PM but concern over area NIMBYs pushed things up a half-hour or so.
Remember a few days back when our loud, loud, loud hotel workers were in front of the Grand Hyatt for 72 hours? Well, the party has moved South of the Slot (happy 100th, Jack London!) to 2 New Monkey Street in the SoMA.
The Palace Hotel employees didn’t look too happy.(Aaron Peskin is out of the country right now, correct?) Check it:
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On It Goes….
Oh boy, this was the loudest and most disruptive hotel picket line I’ve seen in San Francisco. Now up at the wharf hotels, back in the day, you’d see a police presence and all sorts of rules about when and where strikers could march, how much noise they could make, etc.
But not at the Grand Hyatt, scene of recent filming for NBC’s horrible Trauma TV serial. From what I could see, it was totally wide open at the 72 hour strike that ended yesterday. Anything goes so anything went.
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Steve Rhodes has 152 photos posted, but here are some more:
The protest was loud, loud, loud – kettle drum, tire iron on a iron skillet, megaphones with sirens. It was a circus.
See that? All the bellhops and security agents had something in each of their ears – either radio speakers or earplugs. (That should keep Cal-OSHA happy.)
Bang the drum slowly, but loudly:
On and on they went…
“Who’s got the power?
We got the power!
What kind of power?
Judge for yourself, after the jump.
To Be Continued…
Were you “jolted awake by a blinding white fireball that engulfed” your building this morning around 8:36 AM, Saturday 12, 2009? If so, you were not alone. And if you miss that kind of stuff, as world-famous Xeni Jardin does, then you’re not alone, again!
It sounded like an airplane crashing into the Fillmore Center, if you happened to be at the intersection of Geary and Divisidero as I happened to be. Was it a groundstrike into Hayes Valley or the Western Addition or (or the NoPA, oh no, not the NoPA!) or Pacific Heights?
Of course the Pigs Giraffes & Elephants at our local PG&E power monopoly were dealing with power outages earlier this morning, but some additional service was lost by this big strike. (“Saint Francis Woods,” like there’s more than one? Where do these writers live, freaking Walnut Creek?) Utility workers should focus their attention on soggy Golden Gate Park to make sure that Alanis Morrissette can put on her show this afternoon at Power to the Peaceful.
Did a transformer get hit? We’ll find out soon enough. Power at Post and Webster was out this morning just after the Big Boom of 9-12-9, so the strike couldn’t have been too far away.
Courage people, courage.
If only Megan Fox were here, to fix our transformer.
Oh, here she is, fixing the transformer of a 1976 Camaro in the movie Transformers:
Or maybe PG&E, perhaps they could help….
It was Miller Time at the scene of yesterday’s lightening strike after workers towed away the cars and patched things back up. Actually, strike that, the bolt darkened the ground so let’s call it a darkening strike.
For all you do, this Miller Time is for you.
You can set your watch every Tuesday at 12:00 PM in the City and County of San Francisco if you can hear the Tuesday Noon Siren Test.
In some other places it’s a little hard to notice, but these horns above Kearny and Washington must be the loudest in all Christendom.
If this had been an actual emergency, a voice would have told you what’s up. Or, generally speaking, you might want to just hustle inside as soon as you figure out it’s not a test this time.
Read all about it:
The Tuesday Noon Siren
Every Tuesday at noon, San Francisco tests the Outdoor Warning System. During the test the siren emits a 15 second alert tone. In an actual emergency, the siren tone will cycle repeatedly for 5 minutes. Should you hear the sirens at any time other than Tuesday at noon, go indoors and immediately tune to a news source such as KCBS 740 AM, or other local media stations.
Learn more about the siren system at www.72hours.org, the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security’s new website. Here you’ll find information on how to respond to specific types of emergencies, such as an Earthquake or a Tsunami, and easy steps to help you develop your own emergency plan.
In a major disaster it might be 3 days before vital services are restored.
When you hear the Tuesday Noon Siren, it’s your weekly reminder to make an emergency plan, build an emergency supply kit and be prepared to be self sufficient for 72 hours.