Posts Tagged ‘mcallister’

MANSPLAINER: How Tourists Should Get Their Rental Bikes Over The Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

[Mansplaining means giving advice without being asked, is one definition. Apologies.]

Attention Frisco Tourists / Visitors, I’m talking at hundreds and hundreds of you:

You are about to have a big headache, as a great bulk of our Presidio will be closed on Saturday, August 26th. Both of these zones will be bike-free areas.

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So here’s what you do. Instead of renting up at Fisherman’s Wharf, rent your ride near the Ferry Building and go down Market, take the Wiggle route to the Panhandle to JFK Drive. Then hang a right at the Rose Garden (feel free to walk your bike north to Fulton or take the unpaved bike route to the right (east) of the garden, then take 14th Ave or whateever, then take a long uphill through that damn golf course, then take Washington to Lincoln Boulevard (not that other Lincoln) and then a left on Merchant and then you are all set up for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, go your own way. Ferry Building to Rose Garden to Sausalito. (Oddly enough, Google Maps now recommends the superior McAllister Street route over the vaunted Wiggle, but since the Wiggle is mostly for amateurs anyway, feel free.)

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Or you can take the Geary #38 bus with your bikes placed on the rack on the front of the bus all the way out to 25th Avenue and then bike the rest of the way.

Or you can rely on real-time Google Maps, which very possibly might be live-updated with the no-go zones.

Or you can go to the Ferry Building to take the ferry TO Sausalito. (This could very well be the better option on any day, as there are a lot of tourists who get back to SF this way.) Then you’ll have a laborious ride to climb out of Sausalito on your way back, but once you hit Frisco, it’ll be mostly downhill. I mean, really, you are starting and ending up at sea level, so the amount of effort is about the same.

Or you rent your ride at the Fish Wharf, follow the route to the Marina Green, discover that you are screwed and then maybe look left up that massive hill and start pushing. Divisidero is one option. Then get into the non-closed part of the Presidio to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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Baby, that’s steep, even for Frisco. Some blocks on other streets on this hill have stair steps cut into the sidewalk. And of course, you and your bike should stay off of the Lyon Street Steps, the direct route around the Presidio from the (Old) Mason Street Entrance to the Presidio at Lyon.

Once again, apologies, Gentle Tourists.

Our Historic Hibernia Bank Now has Three (3!) Fences to Protect Itself from the Twitterloin Milieu

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Just count them, Gentle Reader:

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And look, somebody is actually going in/out – a rare sighting.

Back in the ’90s, my buds would buy bad weed on these very steps, but that was before this area became known as the Thieves Market. (And my other buds living in a nearby dorm would grow their own buds with powerful grow lamps in tiny closets because 1) Electricity was unmetered by the school so it was free (no additional cost to use all the juice you wanted) and 2) Electricity was unmetered so there was no way PG&E / the popo could detect your outrageous use of juice, you know, the increase. Ah mem’ries.))

Anyway, this place only needed one fence back then…

UBER Driver Lost in Frisco REALLY Wants to Make an Illegal Left Off of Masonic

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Charging down Masonic at a sloooow rate of speed, eventually making a legal turn the next block down.

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And this UBER Lyfter lives in town, so imagine how all those people who drive in from Santa Cruz drive.

Anyway, multiply this by 40,000 and you have part of the reason why traffic has increased so so much recently…

VEGGIES FOR THE PEOPLE,” The Tenderloin

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

This place.

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Our Heretonow Unleaseable Hibernia Bank White Elephant Now Marketed as ONE JONES – Let’s See If This Helps

Monday, February 27th, 2017

It’s not my job to spin all news about the historic Hibernia Bank into something positive and uplifting, so I won’t.

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McAllister Street Shantytown, One Block Away from Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s City Hall

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The blue structure is at McAllister Franklin and two-square block City Hall starts one block away at McAllister and Van Ness so that adds up to one block away in my book

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Anyway, all this temporary sidewalk housing is on the north side of one block of McAllister between Gough and Franklin

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Kung Food Vacation: “Ya Boi Andy will be Taking a Two Week Break for Chinese New Year”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

TMYK:

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Word on the Street in Frisco: “DUMP TRUMP, FUCK TRUMP”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Idling News Van Exhaust Problem Solved! – With a Rubber Hose – But How Does This Help?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

All right, when you’re doing your ENG (Electronic News Gathering) on the streets of San Francisco, as this one was doing the day after Donald Trump somehow got elected President, you’ve got some basic things to worry about.

The first is crime – either somebody will want to steal your stuff, at gunpoint sometimes, or they’ll want to vandalize your mobile news van. One way to handle this is to maintain a low profile. One way to do that is paint your van white in a plain vanilla wrapper, so that’s why most networked news vans are unmarked in the 415.

And the second, well, it’s handling complaints from the Gentle Viewers and passersby who start complaining about all the fumes your news van spews our hour after hour. So you attach a garden hose to direct exhaust up to the roof, thusly:

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Like, how does this help?

Here’s the other way¬†of doing it:

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I’ll tell you, I can see how this kind of thing could lead to problems, you know, mechanically, but my real question is HOW DOES THIS HELP, AT ALL?

 

The “Innovation Capital of the World” Doesn’t Have a Backup Plan When Traffic SIgnals Go Out at McAllister and Fillmore

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Talking about Frisco here, of course, but I suppose we don’t hear that phrase all the time the way we used to. But “World Class City,” that’s going as strong as ever, when somebody wants to spend Someone Else’s Money on something new…

Anywho, obviously traffic signals are going to have issues from time to time, but what ends up happening at McAllister and Fillmore is that the traffic signals sometimes go totally dead, as here:

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The solution of course is to flash all the lights red, which this intersection is capable of, but not during yesterday’s evening drive, oh well.

We could and should do better here…