Posts Tagged ‘market’

American Beauty-Style “Dancing Bag” Appears at 3rd and Market – It was Roundly Ignored by Passersby, Oh Well

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Somebody(ies) was horsing around with a plastic bag yesterday, but nobody noticed AFAICS.

You know, like in American Beauty

First it was all like this:

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And then it was all like this:

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Next time I see this, I’ll have video for you, Gentle Reader.

Sadly it was NOT the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed…

Kiosk-Enabled Open Air Bicycle Chop-Shop on Market Near Second is Now Out of Control

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Parts from many stolen “donor bikes” are here – maybe a couple dozen?

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And how many Franken-bikes could you build with the parts here? IDK, maybe a half-dozen?

On It Goes…

Frank Chu and His Signs, December 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Frank ran into some trouble back in the 1980’s but I’ve never had any issues with him, after hundreds of encounters at area events over the decades.

If I had to guess, SHEPARD is for astronaut Alan Shepard and AIRCRAFT CARRIERS is a reference to the Russian-built Admiral Kuznetsov / Varyag / Liaoning and the like. I mean they’re sort of like aircraft carriers:

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Expensify is paying the bills these days:

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This guy from Quiznos sandwiches cut an ad deal with Frank a long time ago, and that put then-unknown Quiznos on the map, or so the story goes.

Leaving you with this – here he is from a decade back at the final Castro Halloween, when he encountered some dude dressed as Frank Chu. (And later that night, a kid from the projects shot nine people on Market near Noe and that was the end of Halloween in the Castro.)

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This has been Frank Chu and His Signs, December 2016.

 

Ballsy Driver, Market Street

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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The Steam Grate in Front of OLD NAVY at 4th and Market: Somebody Sleeps Here Every Night, or So It Seems

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Random shots from 2016:

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It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

Market Street, December

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Save The Children / Pickup Artist – Busking on Market

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Man, if you paid me by the hour to work the sidewalks of Market Street like this, boy you wouldn’t do it very long ’cause I would end up raising 0 (zero) dollars for Save The Children or whatever.

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I’m not good with the cold calls like this is what I’m saying…

TRUTH: If Your Beef Aint from the Kobe Area, It Aint Kobe Beef

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Or so they say

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And I’m not sure if those taters come from a farmers market neither…