Posts Tagged ‘off the grid’

The Dark Side of OFF THE GRID: Honda Generators and Portable Gas Cans – Curry Up Now

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Is this what you want, San Francisco?

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Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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A Short Visit to the New SoMA StreatFood Park at 11th and Harrison: Food Trucks, Food Trucks, Food Trucks!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Well, here’s the new SoMA Streatfood Park, betwixt the I-beams of the Central Freeway (near the western terminus of I-80) and Store #144, America’s First Urban Costco.

I guess I passed through the place early – it looked like a ghost town when I was there.

But the Yelpers, well, they love it.

As does Amanda Gold. And the Wall Street Journal reminds us that the SFP is just a short “stroll” from the $3.2 million penthouse at 9 Bernice.

And, oh, KQED’s Jenny Oh offers her photos and impressions here.

Say cheese!

The entrance at 428 11th:

Les mise-en-scene – reminds me of the spare vehicle lot / junkyard of Veterans Cab Co, which is what this place used to be. Instead of busted Plymouth Gran Furies we now have food trucks:

Open-air communal dining, redolent of the Main Pavilion at Jonestown:

Ah, here are the trees on Division shown in the plans. All this new activity has chased away the under-the-freeway stolen bicycle fences all the way to….

…just across Division Street:

Now, speaking of parking, here’s what you’ll see across the street from the main entrance: “PARKING IS FOR COSTCO SHOPPERS ONLY – Violators Will Be Towed”

So, you’ve been warned.

I don’t know, I’m sure it was a royal PITA to get the SFP up and running. And I know that the gestation period for this new baby was longer than a rhino’s, but of course a lot of that had to do with setting up the handicapped-accessible bathrooms and the pavillion and whatnot.

What I don’t know is how things will shake out for the SFP over the next year or two. This could be a case of a K-selection strategy in an r-selection environment.

We’ll see.

M-F: 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM

Weekends: 11 AM to 10 PM

People on the street eating chicken and meat
People eating pork with a knife and a fork

The New SoMA StrEAT Food Park is “COMING SOON!” – Slowly But Surely – A Food-Truck Meeting Place Near the Costco

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The SoMA StrEAT Food Park will be opening soon, or so they say.

Here’s how things look at the old location of Veteran’s Cab just across the street from America’s First Urban Costco:

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Let’s hope the food truck fad doesn’t end before an existing parking lot can open up as a parking lot…

OMG, “Off The Grid: Upper Haight” has Grown Into Quite the Affair – Food Truck Dinner Party Every Thursday

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Off The Grid has come into its own at the Upper Haight Location at the end of Waller near Stanyan (just one block north of our landmark Haight Street McDonalds).

I had no idea that it’s become so popular, like it was yesterday, in the pouring fog.

And, of course, you can’t ignore the almost-perfect Yelp rating

Check it:

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Doublecheck the sked if you want to, but this is it, currently:

“Off the Grid: Upper Haight
Thursdays from 4:30PM-8:30PM”

I’ll tell you, I was there at the beginning, at the very first OTGUH like a year ago. Back then, it wasn’t slammed with people, but these days it is.

Get on out there next Thursday, why not?

I don’t know about other OTGs but this one is off the hook.

Enjoy the consensus, plus the Minority Report, which focuses on the fact that too many people are there (is that a bug or a feature?) and the air-conditioned summer weather (is that a bug or a feature?):

“Went last night, and wow. Bites of the night included the pork belly with pickled daikon from Chairman Bao (the bun was super soft and delicious with a generous serving of pork belly) a pandan waffle, and unagi onigiri from Onigilly (which also has miso soup, an awesome treat in the freezing Haight AND they give you free refills). Highly recommend going with a group of 5 or 6 and sharing bites of things.”

“If you’ve tried the Off the Grid at Fort Mason, then this is pretty much the exact replica of it except on a smaller scale. I recognized some of the exact same food trucks too. And just like Fort Mason, it is crazy packed. I had a burrito that I think might have been from El Huarache Loco, which was decent and had a nice spicy kick to it. Other than the novelty of experiencing the food truck craze, I think the food is only okay and a bit on the pricey side based on portion size. The crowds also get a bit overwhelming especially when you’re waiting in a humongous line in the freezing SF cold. Fun to try on occasion if you just want to dabble in different types of food.”

“Off the Grid is the new age of food trucks. They promote alot of fusion foods and foods not normally served in restaurants. Since I’m a Pilipino who loves food well, I go often. They have a cupcake truck, Senior Sisig, and that Korean truck. I need to try out the bacon truck the next time I go there. It’s  great place w/ your friends to meet up and snack on great foods. They have live music as well. I need to try out the other  OTG.”

How to Live in San Francisco Rent-Free for the Long Term – Just Get Yourself an RV, No Problem

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Eventually, NIMBY homeowners, who, you know, have nothing against you personally but they just want you gone gone gone, will contact the authoritahs and here’s what they’ll do. They’ll send somebody over to knock on your door to see what you’re up to.

And here’s what you’ll do: NOTHING. And then the cops will leave. Easy peasy.

Eventually, you’ll get a colony going, you’ll be trading tips and laughing at the uptight NIMBY homeowners, you know, those impotent people.

You’ll be there for years, saving all kinds of money on rent, utilities and whatnot.

Baker, recently:

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Post, a while back:

Hurray?

San Francisco Giants Big Screen Broadcast a Huge Success – Thousands Crowd into Civic Center – But Beer Ban Enforced

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well Giants fans have flocked to Civic Center this evening to watch Game 5 on the big screen.

San Francisco Police, Deputy Sheriffs, Park Rangers and the CHP were all on hand to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. They did this by making people pour out their beers.

“Tuck Fexas” and “Texas Sucks Cocks”  were typical sentiments, it appeared

Here was how things looked early on:

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And a little later, when they turned on the orange lights of City Hall:

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And here’s the scene later on when the Giants led 3-1:

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It’s On! Game 5 of World Series to be Shown Outdoors at Civic Center on the Big Screen – But, Hide Your Alcohol

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

[UPDATE: SF Mike is on the scene this afternoon - here's what the set up looks like. Now, you'd think Rec and Park would have a bigger big screen or maybe two little screens side by side to make a rectangular big screen, but, you know, lowest bidder and whatnot:

Via SF Mike

And, oh yes, here's your fresh new theme song for tonight.]

[UPDATE 2: And here's what it looked like.]

You might need to get to Civic Center early in the afternoon of Monday, November 1st, 2010, if you want to get a good seat to see the Giants clinch World Series 2010 on a giant television screen.

But this event, like the annual Bay to Breakers civic event, will be “alcohol-free,” at least on paper. See?

“In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.”

Civic Center will have more fans wearing orange than when The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup Final earlier this year:

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The show starts at 4:30 PM with the first pitch coming from the left arm of Cliff Lee at 4:57 PM.

All the deets:

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES BROADCAST AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA OF GAME FIVE OF THE WORLD SERIES
City to Host Public Viewing of Monday’s Potential Clinching World Series Game for Families, Giants Fans

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Monday’s Game Five of the World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Giants onto a potential World Championship.  Similar to the successful public broadcasts of the World Cup earlier this summer, a jumbotron screen will broadcast the potential clinching game of the World Series in front of San Francisco City Hall. The City previously received permission from Fox Sports Broadcasting to show the potential clinching away game.

“The Giants 3 – 1 lead in the World Series has electrified the City and brought us all together to celebrate our hometown team and what’s best about the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mayor Newsom. “The game that could clinch the Series may be in Texas, but we’re creating an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship.”

The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Recreation and Park Department, who successfully hosted the World Cup Live soccer events at Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer, to broadcast the game. In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.

“I also want to encourage fans from across the City and Bay Area to watch the game at their neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Newsom. “Let’s give a lift to our local economy and small businesses while we’re boosting the Giants to victory in the World Series.”

San Francisco City Hall, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange through the World Series.  Mayor Newsom is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the team.

Potential Final Game of World Series Broadcast Schedule
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers
Game 5, Arlington, Texas: Monday, November 1st – 4:30pm PDT, first pitch at 4:57pm.

RV Living is Gaining in Popularity on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, June 15th, 2009

You can save a lot of money on rent if you buy a mobile home and then start living in it for years on the streets of San Francisco.

All you need to do is fire her up once a week to avoid the street sweepers.

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Still Life in Mobile Homes. Click to expand

What was once a single recreational vehicle on this block is now a motionless convoy in 2009. Mercy me.

On It Goes…

Living Off The Grid Yet On The Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Lots of people would like to live in San Francisco, but rents can be high. So, some just get an RV and just put it in a place where it’s free to park overnight. Which is pretty much everywhere in San Francisco.

Get a quiet Blue Max generator (chugga chugga chugga...) to keep your laptop charged up (but don’t tell the CARB!) and find a free source of WiFi, and then you’ll stay connected when you’re living rent-free in the City. Off the grid.

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Still life in mobile homes.

You should be fine as long as you don’t try this in the Sunset district, where they’d run you out of town in a New York minute.