Posts Tagged ‘pickup’

Aint That America: “USA, by Sloan Schang” – Old-School Mini Cooper vs. Big Old American Pickup

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Via the indispensable Twitter stream of San Francisco’s very own Telstar Logistics comes this, USA by Sloan Schang:

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I am a pickup truck, I am America
I am America, I am a pickup truck
I am American, I am America

If You Drive Your Big Pickup Up Fifty Yards of Market Street Bike Lane, You Just Might Get Yelled At

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Thusly:

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When you’re looking for masses of confused drivers, come to Market Street, USA.

Skruuuunch! What Happens When You Forget That Your Bike Is Sitting Upright in Your Pickup

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The tiny, low-clearance garages of new construction in San Francisco have claimed another victim, 11foot8.com style.

See? This is post crash, with the driver backing out for damage assessment:

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When I had a pickup, I’d just throw bikes in the back horizontal-like, but maybe there’s not enough room to do that in a Honda.

Come to San Francisco, Buy a Used Town Car, and Then Start Picking Up Passengers Like a Cabbie – Here’s How to Do It

Friday, June 1st, 2012

So let’s see here:

1. We regulate taxi rates so drivers won’t exploit tourists and other disadvantaged souls. (Oh, you’re a rich tourist and you’re lost and your flight leaves in an hour? $200 to SFO, take it or leave it – that kind of thing.)  

2. But we limit the number of cabs on the streets to help out the drivers. 

3. So much so, that buying a used Lincoln Town car and illegally picking people up off of the streets after quoting exorbitant rates is a good way to score some quick cash.

4. And, the SFPD has other fish to fry and the SFMTA isn’t really focused on this issue, so we’re back to square one, with unregulated “taxi” drivers exploiting tourists and other disadvantaged souls. Oh well.

As here. These bidnessmen were trying to flag down some Yellow Cabs, but those were all full, so next come the Black Town Cars. The first one quotes a price through the door, as seen here:

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No dice. (What did the illegal cabbie ask for – $50 to go to Union Square? Something like that.)

And then another one pulls up and then another one, which ends up picking up these dudes and whisking them away. All the while, the bidnessmen were trying to flag down a real taxi.

Here’s the aftermath, on Sacramento:

Note the City of Oakland taxi cruising up the street empty – that’s agin the rules too, as Oakland taxis aren’t allowed to pick up people in the 415.

Now you might not see this too much on a Tuesday night, but on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it’s Katie Bar The Door out there.

This is the situation.

However, the single-party state of San Francisco is incapable of addressing this particular situation.

Oh well.

Sexy Grandpa Picks Up Boy Toy in the Mid-Market Using an All-Electric Car – From the Chor Boogie to Marin County?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Or maybe it was a late-night come-to-Jesus church rescue?

I’m thinking it’s got to be one or the other.

Loitering at the Chor Boogie near 6th Street: 

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Off to Marin five minutes later:

Either way, those battery-powered Nissan Leafs are showing up more and more these days…

ROCKSTAR ENGERGY DRINK Pickup Truck Driver Drives As If He’s Had Too Much Red Bull

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

You know, like he’s had too much caffeine or taurine or whathaveyou.

See?

You can’t just start a right on red and then hope it all works out, oh no. Cause then what happens is that peds will go around the crosswalk behind you. Thusly:

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So, duuuuuuude, hey dude, lay off the Red Bull.

Here’s another shot, with more contrast. It shows the classy URL of the Rockstar. See? By the time ROCKST★R Founder Russell Goldencloud Weiner (son of right-wing radio host Michael Savage!) hopped aboard the energy drink train, www.RockStar.com was already taken. So he added the number 69 as a differentiator for the URL.

Stay classy, ROCKST★R!

To review:

1. Slow down, Rockstar driver! You’ll give yourself a heart attack;

2. Stay classy, Rockstar founder! Heh, “69″ heh. You so crazy!

How Sad: Bronze Statue of Skippy, a Jack Russell Terrier from Sausalito, Gets Melted Down

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You just can’t leave metal about overnight these days.

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Tomorrow’s News Today: Chrysler is Giving 14 Monster Trucks to San Francisco – That Thing Got a Hemi?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

As a matter of fact, yes, the 14 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) what Chrysler Group LLC is going to give to the City and County of San Francisco tomorrow all have Hemi engines, monstrous V8, 5.7-litre Hemis, to be precise.

But, these big rigs also have an extra battery and electric motor for hybrid functionality PLUS members of the “City Family” will be able to plug in to the power grid to charge up the battery as well.

It’s going to look a little something like this, garish graphics and all:

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Now, if City workers are really careful, they’ll probably be able to go 15 miles about town solely on electric power, assuming that the battery is all charged up at the beginning of the day.

But what San Francisco probably really wants is an electric truck without a gas engine at all. Oh well. (It’s the same way with Mayor Ed Lee’s official staff car – why have them put the gas engine in at all if you don’t want it and you aren’t going to use it?)

BTW, Chrysler was a-gonna to build plug-in hybrid pick-em-ups like these in mass production for people living in Flyover Country, but then Big C realized that a project like this would lose money. Big Money. The More You Build, The More You Lose, kind of thing. Well, that idea got the kibosh.

But then the Feds said, well, here’s a few tens of millions of dollars we’ve got sitting around, so why don’t you take that money to build just 140 units instead, and then give these trucks away to America’s mayors?

And, since San Francisco is special, so very special, we’re getting 10% of the national supply.

Hurray?

“Who:
Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor
Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager – Chrysler Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project, Chrysler Group LLC
Joe Roos, Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer – Chrysler PHEV, Chrysler Group LLC
Steve Sokolsky, Calstart

Where:
Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco

Details:
Following the press conference, Ram 1500 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles will be available for photo opportunities and a ride-and-drive around a city driving course. Media parking available in parking structure just off the Civic Center plaza.”

UPDATE: Well, it turns out that Sacramento is going to get 14 big rigs as well, so maybe we’re not all that special. In mitigation, Los Angeles and Fun Diego and the rest of SoCal, they’re getting nothing! Zero free trucks from Chrysler and Uncle Sucker. Eat it, L.A!

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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It’s Official: The SFPD is Cracking Down on Market Street Cyclists in the Mid-Market and Crime-Ridden Tenderloin Areas

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Now do I think that this SFPD officer was told to drive around in his truck all day and hand out tickets to cyclists? Nope, not really.

H0wever, it seems that, for whatever reason, as far as cyclists should be concerned, there’s a new Sheriff in town, so to speak, you know, for 2011.

Can I prove this with satistics* and whatnot a month or a quarter or a year or two down the road?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Irregardless, with great power comes great responsibility, or something:

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Choose wisely.

*It’s just like with Pruis drivers at night – do I notice them because I want to, because I’m biased, because I only see what confirms my suspicions? Don’t know for sure, I s’pose. But the fact remains that most of the drivers going about the Streets of San Francisco at night without headlights on are Prius owners. This has to do with a lot of factors, and Toyota is somewhat to blame, apparently, but anyway, the point is I can’t do anymore to persuade than I’ve already done. Oh well.

The Return of the Pick Up Artists of Golden Gate Park – A Classic MINI Cooper Can Make You Very Popular

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Like this.

See? The New MINI Cooper on the left got no attention at all, but the fellow in the little red car on the right got a conversation going with just a few honks of his tiny, tinny horn.

Beep beep!

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Anyway, sometimes drivers of these ancient MINIs gather together in out-of-the-way spots in Golden Gate Park for meetups involving beer and restoration tips. You don’t see drivers of new cars doing that, right?

Happy driving and picking upping!