Yes, you vill celebrate Weihnachten the way ve tell you to, yah?
Put one of these on your balcony, or else…
Upshift is here, or at least it’s here in the Russian Hill and Nob Hill areas.
Here’s how it works:
“1. TAP A BUTTON – Anywhere in San Francisco. Get a car for the day with one tap. It’s that easy.
2. GET A CAR DELIVERED – Get a Small, Medium, Large, or Luxury vehicle delivered in 60 minutes. You drive it for the day & our driver rides off on a bike! Introductory rates from $49/day.
3. LEAVE IT ANYWHERE – Drop it off wherever you like in the city. We’ll come pick it up. That’s it. You’re done.”
So your rent-a-car will arrive double-parked at your front door with a green Bianchi or whatever on top and an inner-city sweathog inside. The Upshifter will simply hand you the keys and then pedal away.
(I’ll note that bicycle theft is an issue in San Francisco, just saying. Who’ll be the first Upshifter to lose his/her ride?)
All right, all the deets:
“Upshift is an exclusive, members only car club. Get the freedom of owning a private car with the luxury and convenience of a car service. Push a button, get a hybrid, SUV, or luxury car delivered. You drive it for a day. We pick it up when you’re done. No need to return to the same location as long as it’s in our zone (includes all of the core areas of San Francisco). We professionally operate a fleet of cars out of a single garage. Cars can only be taken out by the day only to start. Subscription pricing and recurrent bookings (eg, deliver a car every Tuesday at 7 am) for regular usage needs. The main limitation of carshare today is parking, not vehicle cost.”
Founded by Ezra Goldman. Who’s that?
Upshift makes getting out of town easy. Just push a button on your phone, get a car for the day delivered to your door, and get out of town. We’ll pick it up again anywhere in the city when you’re done, even at a different location from where we delivered, enabling a “one way” service. Payment is all done through your Upshift account, with no cash or card transactions and no paperwork.
Your next car fits in your pocket. And someday, it will drive itself to your door.
Upshift provides club members great cars on demand at the push of a button. We’ll pick up and drop off anywhere in the city- even in two different locations for one way service. Upshift provides more convenience and flexibility than car leasing with less cost, commitment and hassle.
We have spent over 2 years developing the model and getting backing from the world’s best carshare, autotech, and insurance experts around the world. Carsharing takes 9-13 cars off the road for each car we put on the road, unlocking new park space for more livable cities. We enable a transition to a car-free urban lifestyle, taking 1M cars off the streets, to save 10B pounds of CO2 per year by disrupting the car leasing market.
Well, welcome to town, Upshift.
Well here it is, the big one.
Get your tickets now, if you’re you’re at all into this:
“The Commonwealth Club – The nation’s premier public affairs forum
George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan
William Perry, former Secretary of Defense under President Clinton
Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Philip Taubman, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former New York Times Washington Bureau Chief; Author, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb – Moderator
TITLE: The Nuclear Chessboard, 2012: Panel Discussion
DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2012
TIME: 5:15 p.m. check-in, 6 p.m. program
PLACE: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California Street, San Francisco
PRICE: $20 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID). Premium (includes seating in first few rows): $45 standard, $30 members
ALSO: In association with Ploughshares Fund and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Freeman Spogli Institute For International Studies.”
I don’t know, does it mean anything to put a bunch of big cities on a most bedbug infested cities list and then talk about how it’s not just big cities what get bedbugs?
I don’t think so.
Anyway, enjoy this recent list from the people who fight bedbugs, and then check out a retread post from last year:
“Annual List Identifies Where Bedbugs Bite Most Across U.S. New Terminix Top 15 Ranking Shines Light on Critters That Hide in the Dark
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – New York maintained its spot atop the Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released by the company today. The rest of the list saw both the reshuffling of some cities that appeared on the company’s initial 2010 list as well as a couple of locations making an appearance for the first time. Terminix, the country’s largest provider of pest control services, has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states during the past year. The company expects bedbugs to continue to plague the nation this summer as travelers and homeowners encounter the tiny pests.
The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:
1. New York
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Los Angeles
10. San Francisco
11. Columbus, Ohio
12. Dayton, Ohio
14. Louisville, Ky.
And here’s the post from last year and the rest of what Terminex has to say after the jump.
I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled.
Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.
(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.)
But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb) at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.
Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?
Hope not. Sleep tight.
850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco
OMG, it’s ba-aack!
“The 21st annual running of the California Mille begins with a free preview atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 24, with some 70 historic race cars on display from 11 am to 6 pm.”
Now, please don’t conflate the Mille and that Gumball 3000 event with those, those people, those ghastly people.
Don’t expect a smoky burnout right in front of Sarge atop Nob Hill – that kind of thing is not on the agenda this Sunday
Don’t click to expand, don’t encourage them
Here’s the kind of thing that they’ll have for you.
Anyway, see you there at the car show, SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
“The 21st annual California Mille salutes Italy’s most-famous race with free Nob Hill car show and 1000-mile tour 70 Historic Race Cars on Display April 24 on Mason Street The 21st annual running of the California Mille begins with a free preview atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill on Sunday, April 24, with some 70 historic race cars on display from 11 am to 6 pm. The following morning, the cars will depart at 8:30 AM for a four-day, 1000-mile back road adventure that will take them along little-known roads to time-capsule towns, challenging race tracks and a private auto collection. The Mille (MILL-leh) honors Italy’s famed Mille Miglia (thousand mile) race that ran from Brescia to Rome to Brescia from 1927-1957. Only cars that could have qualified for the Italian event may participate in the California tour–not a race but a demanding drive.
The public is invited to see the cars and meet the drivers on April 24 when cars from Britain, Colombia, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand and dozens of U.S. states will be displayed in front of the Fairmont Hotel on Mason Street between California and Sacramento Streets. At 2 PM, Mille organizer Martin Swig will greet auto fans with a presentation of dignitaries and a roving-microphone review of many of the cars being exhibited.
On Monday, April 25, the Mille will exit Mason Street through a special arch, turn right onto California Street and make its way to the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, Bolinas, Olema, Petaluma entering the Infineon Raceway off Highway 37 for touring laps. The morning drive will conclude with a visit and lunch at a private collection of Mercedes-Benz considered to rival the factory’s own collection in Stuttgart, Germany. That afternoon, the Mille will cover some 50 miles of Highways 116, 121 and 29, end the day at Solage Calistoga.
Tuesday, April 26, will see the Mille heading to Geyserville, Lake Sonoma, Skaggs Springs Road, and Highway 1 wth a lunch stop at Little River Inn, a drive of just over 124 miles. The return trip to Solage Calistoga will take the Mille along Highway 128 toward Cloverdale, along Asti Road and the Silverado Trail.
Day Three (April 27) will highlight a drive along the Silverado Trail to Winters, Esparto, Williams and Maxwell with a lunch stop and touring lap at Thunderill Race Track . Wednesday afternoon will see the California Mille driving Highway 162, 306, Danley Road, Freshwater, Highway 20 to Middledtown, and returning to Solage Calistoga for an overnight.
The final day of the thousand-mile drive will see the historic racers heading for Guerneville, Cazadero, Fort Ross Road, Meyer’s Grade Road, Highway 1, Bodega Bay, Chileno Valley Road to Wilson Hill Road, Hicks Valley Road, Nicasio Valleyl Road and a lunch stop at the colorful Rancho Nicasio. The Mille’s final 62 miles will take drive toward Fairfax, onto Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, to Bolinas Road to Ridgecrest Boulevard, and Mt. Tamalpais where a commemorative photo will be taken near Pantoll Road. The Mille will then continue down toward Mill Valley (renamed Mille Valley for the day), to Highway 1, l0l north and a final banquet and awards dinner at the Lodge at Sonoma.
Well, lookie at what stretches 50 feet above the top of the residential tower at 1250 Clay Street at Talor in Nob Hill – it’s WNEQ991!
This structure combines the paint scheme of Sutro Tower with the build of the Eiffel Tower. Check it:
STATION, 1250 Jones St (Lat: 37.793250 Lon: -122.414111), Structure height: 94.5 m, Overall height: 109.1 m, Call Sign: WNEQ991
Assigned Frequencies: 21825.0 MHz, 23125.0 MHz, 23375.0 MHz
Grant Date: 08/07/2008, Expiration Date: 08/06/2018, Certifier: Deborah A Mcdermott
Registrant: Brooks, Pierce, Et. Al., Raleigh, NC 27602
The view from California Street near the western terminus of the cable car line:
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Irregardless, it’s quite a handsome tower.
(Can you imagine what the anti-PG&E SmartMeter people would think if they had this monster humming just above their noggins? Man, they’d freak out.)
Try to spot it the next time you’re in the Specific Whites neighborhood – it will be the red-and-white tower obstructing your view of the Transamerica Pyramid.
Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders
After famous Conan O’Brien performed at his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010“ at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on April 22-23 he headed south down to San Joser. But on the way, he managed to put in a visit to Google’s HQ in Mountain View. O.K. then.
Here’s an excerpt, click to expand:
Front cleansing indeed.