Posts Tagged ‘mud’

Dawn Patrol: The SFPD Rousting Bleary-Eyed, Bicycle-Thieving Hippies at 6 AM in Golden Gate Park, 94117

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This is what it looks like, in the middle of the Panhandle halfway betwixt Fell and Oak, sometimes, when Park Station goes on we-own-the-night Dawn Patrol:

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SFPD Crown Vic radio cars do OK driving on the grass, until it gets too muddy in there.

Look out, sleepy hippies!

Good-Bye, Set of Michelin LTX Mud and Snow Tires – Born in Japan, 2001, Died in San Francisco After a Decade of Service

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

If you baby your Michelins, you can get ten years of life out of them, I’m guessing.

Anyway, these tires, from a now-shut-down factory in Gunma Prefecture in Ota, Japan, lasted more than a decade.

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Hurray!

The Absurdity of 21-Inch Ice-and-Snow Tires on Your Audi Touareg 4WD Station Wagon

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I don’t know, you see all kinds of wheel set-ups in the Western Addition but this rig, an Audi Q7 owned by a NoPA yuppie on Divisadero, takes the cake.

1. The ginourmous wheels have interlocked rings, so that goes to show that Audi made these ridiculous things just for this vehicle. These aren’t aftermarket wheels or nothing.

2. And the  low-profile, 295/35 tires say “ICE & SNOW” right on the sidewall, so that shows that Pirelli made some ridiculously-wide tires just for the snow.

So the owner didn’t make any great customizing effort or anything on his/her own, but the result is, if anything, more absurd than what you’d see on Pimp My Ride or whatnot.

Sure, 295/35-21 = 29.1″ tall but things still don’t add up:

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Is this a “premium” set-up? No.

Is this a “performance” set-up? No.

But did it cost a lot of dough to buy and maintain? Yes.

And is it only really useful for leaving a pair of foot-wide-plus tracks in the snow? Yes.

But do your expensive wheels mean that, at some point, you will:

need to get towed off wet grass?”

Oh well.

When oh when will the absurdly-big wheel craze come to an end?

Our Seemingly-Always-Muddy Golden Gate Park Panhandle is Quite Muddy These Days, As Per Usual

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Did a Rec and Park cart get stuck in the middle of the Panhandle again? Sure looks that way from this photo, ’cause as we learned from My Cousin Vinny, tire tracks don’t lie.

Instead of working on aesthetics all the time,  why doesn’t the PRD work on tasks they’re supposed to work on, like drainage ‘n stuff?

Just asking, bro.

The Middle of the Golden Gate Panhandle is Turning Into a Bog, But Don’t Let That Stop Your Frisbee Football Game

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So, when you see all them “AREA CLOSED” signs,  just consider them to mean, “AREA RESERVED FOR PICKUP GAMES OF FRISBEE FOOTBALL ONLY.”

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But don’t park your rear-wheel-drive vehicle anywhere near the middle of the Panhandle, else the bog will eat it up. For instance, SFPD prowlers (aka radio cars, aka cruisers) patrolling the GGP get bogged down in La Brea North all the time. See?

I don’t think our Panhandle wants to be a dry, grassy meadow…

What Does This Photo of a 38 Geary Bus Stop Tell You About MUNI and San Francisco?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Do you think that the people who installed the tree, the garbage can, the bus shelter/ad, and the curved stone walkway (on land that belongs to the nearby apartment complex) were all working together on this one?

I don’t. But at least the forgotten peds have the patio pavers now so they don’t have to walk through mud anymore… 

Looking west into the pouring sun:

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I mean, MUNI sucks, right? Don’t the people at MUNI know that by now?

SFPD Prowler Trapped in the Great Muddy Bog of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Our recent rains have turned the middle of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle betwixt Oak and Fell into a Great Muddy Bog.

So when you’re prowling about looking for criminales in your nose-heavy, rear-wheel-drive Crown Victoria it’s easy to get stuck in the mud, as the operators of Radio Car 075 discovered last night.

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A quick tug from a friendly tow truck driver and you’re back on the pedestrian path where you belong(?).

It would be nice to have more drainage here and maybe also it’d be nice to bring back the Panhandle Bandshell.

Maybe someday.