The film Flashback had bad reviews for the most part, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying 25 year old footage from a pre-streetscaped,* pre-SFMTA* North Beach:
You see, at the beginning Jack Bauer was the uptight one and Dennis Hopper was the hippie – that’s the whole movie.
And it’s the later version of Big Audio Dynamite doing the audio – quite bouncy with plenty of orchestra hits and Rolling Stones samples.
Oh, and note the old-school MUNI bus at 0:03 in the window reflection…
*AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT!
“If I do what I wanted I just don’t have the time I want to ride my motorcycle Into the sunshine
My tv is laughin’ Makin’ me feel small Like I’m sad in a cell All I can is these walls And I never want to see another shopping mall
[Chorus:] Oh Free To be what I will Oh Free I’ll keep it up till I’m Free Or I won’t have nothing at all (End Chorus)
This is my life I’m livin it, I will pay But why should I care about all that today I need a head start And I don’t want to stall Gonna take a bulldozer to break down the walls And I never want to see another shopping mall
And I know ’bout all the graveyards Tumble-down farms and shacks I’ve gotta get out on the highway And I’m not comin’ back There’s a small town in the mountains where I’ll do my thing It’s this Credit Card Livin’ I find Stifling I wanna see the river turning into the falls Been down for so long now I wanna stand tall So I’m packing my belongings and fear into my hold-all And I never wanna see another Shopping Mall Shopping Mall
(Flashback Soundbyte) Once we get out of the 80’s the 90’s are gonna make the 60’s look like the 50’s
(Flashback Soundbyte) Woah! Whew! I aint had a rush like that since the Berkeley Riots!
(Flashback Soundbyte)x4 It should be kicking in by now
The orange side mirror cozy tells us that that this minivan is operating as a Sidecarand the fact that its front wheels are closer to the median than the rear wheels when it’s going straight down the highway tells me that it was in an accident and then it wasn’t properly repaired:
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Is this a particularly dangerous sitch? Prolly not.
And, in fact, Lady Diana would have been better off in this vehicle* with this driver** on these roads*** and with San Francisco EMTs**** at the ready than she was in her deadly accident in France.
And it’s not an SFMTA-approved San Francisco taxi cab with more than a half million miles on the odometer.
But still, this Sidecar aint right.
*A Mercedes Benz S280 that had badges saying “S600″ and “V12,” an S280 that wasn’t repaired properly after being stolen for its airbages, an S280 that handled differently turning left vs turning right
**Not drunk, let’s hope.
***Pick America’s poorest state and try to find exposed support beams without a guardrail ala that tunnel in Paris. You can’t.
****American-style “scrape and scoot” response vs. a French-style “stay and pray” let’s-take-more-than-an-an-hour-to-get-to-the-hospital approach…
If you drive around long enough mouth agape in your look-at-me-I’m-Barry-Bonds-except-I’m-not-but-now-that-you’ve-mentioned-it-let-me-tell-you-about-x Audi* convertible, I’m sure that you’re going to get your fair share of flies squirming about your pie-hole.
It’s a lose-lose situation for both you and the fly. Hey, it’s Jersey Shore, West Coast. YOLO, Dude:
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(Hey, did Barry Bonds get a reputation rehab? News to me.)
In aggravation, this garish vehicle has no front license plate. Tsk tsk.
In mitigation, it appeared to be driven within the realm of reason, which is surprising considering it’s an exoticar in the 415.
Perhaps Dude will maintain that Barry Bonds lettering on the side of his ride until the next Giants Victory Parade, sure to come around the end of October 2016…
*So you buy and Audi but you didn’t actually want an Audi, so you black out the famous rings and also the trademark horse collar grill so people can’t tell it’s an Audi? OK fine. One assumes the Giants objected, or maybe Audi objected in some sort of appearance of a cross-license kind of deal?