Posts Tagged ‘marathon’

WALDO GRADE: Don’t Tell the Skateboarders of Dolores Park that This is What 101 North Looks Like During a Marathon

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is Marin County down the hill from the Robin Williams / Rainbow / Waldo Tunnel and up the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2017 San Francisco Marathon:

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And here’s how fast you can go on a small hill.

And if you started on the other side of the tunnel, you’d have a mile of downhill skating (before you killed yourself).

Anyway, it’s rare to see such an empty, hilly stretch of freeway in the daytime…

THE HAPPINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER: Bay Area Marketers, You Want THIS GUY Representing Your Products

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

These were your leaders in the 40th Annual San Francisco Marathon in a foggy Golden Gate Park the other day:

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But look, eventual winner Jorge Maravilla of Mill Valley

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…looked as happy as a clam ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH:

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(This is unusual.)

Congratulations, runners!

Tree Mail: Major Cell Phone Service Providers Use a Giant Eucalyptus as a Temporary Utility Pole – Entmoot Expected

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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So our downsized and somewhat defunned Bay to Breakers 2017 is a coming this weekend so that means that Frisco’s annual street party will tax the bandwidth of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, so some of those suspects must be responsible for this temporary installation, which will allow all the partiers to get emails and texts and, IDK broadcast live or whatever the kids are into these days.

I’ve never seen this kind of tree-as-utility-pole setup, in all my years.

I’ll tell you, Certain People about town will NOT like seeing this.

I’ll get you started:

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son

When Crybaby Millionaire Homeowners of the Western Addition Say That Bay To Breakers TRASHED Their Neighborhood, This is What They Mean

Monday, May 16th, 2016

This is pretty much the worst of it here, on Fell just north* of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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I’ll tell you, these generally wealthy, wizened, whites were more upset about BtoB back when some of them were temporarily upside down on their mortgages, say right around 2008-2010, but now things have improved for them so they’re less irate.

Still, they wake up and talk about how trashed things are, how oppressed they is.

And actually, this was one of the Fell Street party houses, so this is about as bad as things get anywho.

(All right, I gotta go. I’m closing a deal on a condo right under final approach for the long runways at SFO. And the funny thing is that I HATE HATE HATE airplane noise, but I figure I’ll start complaining so much that they’ll have to close down the whole airport and then my property’s value will climb. Anyway, that’s my plan – wish me luck! Oh, just joking. Hey, is now A Good Time To Buy? IDK. IDTS, but IDK. If you’re going to plant yourself for 30 years, then the answer is probably yes…)

*Really this is actual NoPA (North of Panhandle Area), which some people, and I’m srsly, now call West NoPA. But actually, NoPA is actually northeast of the Panhandle, so what these people are saying is west of north of east of the Panhandle, more or less, which is a little crazy but that’s how we roll in 2016

Hey SFMTA! Where’s the Notice Warning Drivers to Not Park on Fell Here? – The Big Bay to Breakers Towaway

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is how things looked yesterday evening on Fell Street in the 94117. Do you see any warning signs about how everything parked on this stretch will get towed, with extreme prejudice, in a few hours?

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Well sure. I can see:

AT&T / Verizon COWS temporary cell phone towers in the Golden Gate Park;

A whole mess of portapotties; und

A lot of metal fencing

But what about non-locals, your Airbnbers and your VRBOers – how should they be able to tell that they SHOULD NOT PARK HERE?

Well, off to the right, outside of the frame, there are a couple notices posted on light poles. And I’m sure that there are more notices at the other end of the block, near Masonic. But as far as what you can see on this side of this block, your notice is hiding behind the white Toyota Prius. Click on in, you might be able to spot the top of it.

Hey, is this sufficient notice?

One wonders.

So, Who Just Killed the Beloved, Annual, SF Nike Women’s Half Marathon? Nike, Of Course, But Also NIMBYs, High SFGov Fees?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Read the news and turn the pages:

“After more than 10 years of hosting one of the most anticipated race registration lotteries, lighting up the streets of San Francisco and handing out those coveted Tiffany necklaces to finishers, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon will not be returning to Union Square in 2016.”

Here’s your NIMBY problem – the Presidio and RPD don’t/didn’t mind this route, but millionaire residents of the Western Addition and the Great Sand Wastes certainly do/did. 

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And speaking of RPD, SFGov, DPW, the SFMTA, and all the rest of the “City Family*” Alphabet soup, they’re always happy to oblige but it’s going to cost you (NIKE) big big bucks to operate here, more here than anywhere else in ‘Merica (except possibly NYC – it can go either way, depending).

And then there’s the “bandit” issue, which we’re not supposed to talk about, but bandits is everywhere, right? So I don’t know – we probably have more than our fair share of banditas. granted Still, I don’t think that could kill a tradition.

I don’t know. There’s a story here though – Enquiring Minds Want To Know.

What if some kind of SFGov fee got increased by like 1000% all of a sudden? What if SFGov has done the wrong thing, once again?

Static friction is what an event needs to overcome to get started here (like, OMG, it’s going to cost us how much?!), but Nike managed to overcome that reaction, a decade ago. OTOH, your kinetic, that’s what wears you down, year after year, until you just say, “Screw you guys, I’m going home.”

Bye, Nike.

(We’ll Always Have NikeTown, in Union Square, right?)

FIN

*Family!  

Look Who Shows Up for the Nike Womens Half Marathon: “PREGNANT? NEED HELP? CALL 1-800-910-0191” – “Pray the Rosary”

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Probably an out-of-towner…

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The Towman Cometh: The Great Towing of the Western Addition Starts This Saturday Night – Thanks, NIKE!

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

IMO, Nike should make sure that these types of signs hit the streets like six days before the annual Nike Womens 13.1-Mile Marketing Effort

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(Interesting font there, SFMTA!)

The way things stand now, notice is insufficient.

IMO.

(The person who will tow your ride Sunday morning will live south of SF, and have bible verses cited on the side of his tow truck, if Past Is Prologue.)

Boy, the SF Marathon is Almost as Wacky as a Bay to Breakers – Oakland Warrior Juggler Dribbler, Firefighter, Die Hard

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Straight out of Oak-Town comes this Warriors Juggler – bounce toss toss, bounce toss toss. Stephen Curry here was in the zone.

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And he doesn’t at all look like a money-hungry, anti-UCSF billionaire, but you never know…

And here’s the fireman, who might have been promoting an alcoholic drink – I couldn’t tell. But he did have the oxygen tank. And Die Hard here was wearing a marathon t-shirt from Europe. He kept on keeping on…

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I was just passing through, but I’m supposing if you wanted to wait around for more wackiness, you’d find it here, at our annual San Francisco Marathon.

My Small Beef with Nike’s Very Expensive, Very Stylized San Francisco Photo Shoot from Summer 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

[UPDATE: If you people on this shot actually got just straight-time minimum wage and you went over eight hours in one day, you should have been paid more, just saying…]

Now when I say stylized I mean non-naturalistic, ala Soviet Realism or some old propaganda poster series.

But instead of selling The Revolution, Comrade, we’re selling shoes (and the Nike Lifestyle) to women.

Man, I can just see the crew coming up from Los Angeles* County, scouting out the locations, hiring the fitness models (not just models, fitness models, who don’t look very 415 to me), checking the weather forecast and then heading out all over the City, and then it’s clickety clickety at 11 frames per second on a full-frame SLR camera* (a Canon or Nikon, one or the other) after telling the models to hop ever higher, and to pose this way and that way until it’s time for post-production, when some other crew picks out the “perfect shot” out of thousands and thousands and then we end up with this series of “aspirational” shots.

Who runs like this, everyone from head to toe in Nike Gear? Not anyone IRL

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I can see Photoshop being pushed to its limits here, not that it’s bad or anything. The model on the right almost looks like a cartoon, almost like a female Jumpman, or Pitfall Harry:

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Does Nike really “run” SF? Mmmm… I’m thinking these shots are from some other shoot. Very stylized, nevertheless:

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Who exercises in tandem like this? Not anyone IRL

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More of the same

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N’sync! Did somebody have a clapper metronome to keep all the models in sync?

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And what’s this?

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Don’t real people look straight ahead or down when they’re jogging? Yep, but not in the Nike Motherland, Comrade. We’re Looking Forward, Towards The Future!

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Very SF, but I hope they didn’t have to shut down this block for Nike. (Assuming they did this right before the weekly street sweepers came by.)

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Very SF, but not a good place for jogging

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Not SF

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And here we go again, in triangle formation, to fulfill some dude‘s vision

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IDK, perhaps this aspirational fantasyland looks great Down South en LA or Up North in Oregon, but it looks a bit funny, stylized, over the top to somebody from the 415.

Why not use real women 100% from San Francisco next time, Nike?

*One assumes. Just guessing here. Prove me wrong!