Posts Tagged ‘pipe’

Does the 94117 Want Helicopters Circling Above at 6:00 AM Videoing the Broken Water Main at 700 Waller?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

NO! DO NOT WANT!

Now myself, I don’t care about the slow orbits this morning over the Castro, Western Addition, and the Haights.

But other people, they care about the white chopper with the blue tail.

See?

Haighteration ‏@haighteration  5m Helicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: PHOTO: Broken water line in San Francisco on the 700 block of Waller. pic.twitter.com/O3yTHJpCFe
Jeremiah Allen ‏@jeremiahallen  6m Enough with the damn helicopter! “@nbcbayarea: UPDATE: 6-inch water main in SF. Pipe is 100 years old.pic.twitter.com/Juehz8s32F
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  1m Ugh. RT @haighterationHelicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: Broken water line in SF on the 700 block of Waller pic.twitter.com/IAEFC4Lety
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  14m Helicopter circling above my neighborhood, what’s up? You woke me up and now I can’t get back to sleep because of you #sanfrancisco#nopa

Oh well, that’s life in the big city…

Quintin Mecke, Second Place Finisher in Mayoral Race and Now Director at Barbary Coast Consulting, Yells at Traffic, Good-Naturedly

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

And then he got out of the saddle to pump up the steepest block of McAllister what’s on the Snickerdoodle route.*

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*It’s the UnWiggle, it’s the better choice to get west of Divisadero from Market

Cyclists Have the Choice of Going North or South over Alamo Heights – Which is Better, McAllister Street or the Wiggle?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

If you want to get there and back again from the Panhandle bike path and Mid Market (and beyond), your best choice is McAllister Street.

It’s waaaaaaay better than The Wiggle route.

Why?

Well, why not? McAllister Street (aka the Hastings Cutoff) is shorter and swifter and straighter and safer

Actually, The Wiggle is The Rookie’s Choice, full of part-timers like CW Nevius (oh he just quit cycling in The City, hardly surprising) and fast fixie riders who don’t know any better.

And The Movement prefers the Wiggle, for some unknown reason. But if you just want to get from A to B, then its Market McAllister Divis and eventually Fell for you.

Like this – that’s UC Hastings, your Hastings Cutoff lodestar, there in the background on the left: 

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So you climb a bit more using McAl, like 20 more vertical feet if you add up all the ups and downs, but big whoop.

All right, see you out there on the HC!

Box, Cantilever, Pipe, Brace: Beautiful San Francisco Architecture – Who’s the “Starchitect” Who Came Up With This?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Near Mervyn’s Heights:

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NB: Never use the term “starchitect” without putting it inside quote marks or otherwise showing the reader what a joke the word is.

How Cyclists Can Get Downtown Faster by Avoiding the Wiggle: McAllister’s Route 20 Vanquishes Octavia “Boulevard”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: And, you know, I guess I hadn't considered the one-way streets. Particularly inbound, they can get you there fast if you're up for lights timed at 20-something MPH. I've seen people on Oak and Golden Gate inbound, but, due to geography most likely, I haven't seen that many using the outbound analogs Fell and Turk. See footnote.]

Well here we go. This shot from United 931 shows, in high relief, why you’re better off talking McAllister Street, Bike Route 20, to downtown from the Panhandle and vice versa.

You see Alamo Square inside the red box on the lower left? It’s the summit of Alamo Heights, sitting there in the sunlight jutting in from the left.

The vaunted Wiggle bike path takes you from the Panhandle through Lower Haight and then behind the Church Street Safeway to Market Street and beyond. Your preferred alternative has you leaving the end of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle by taking Baker north to Fulton to Divisadero up to McAllister. That’s the pass over Alamo Heights – it’s the intersection of McAllister and Divis. Then it’s all the way downhill to Market.

You’re going between the camel humps, between Alamo Square and Kaiser Heights (seen in the sunlight on the left side).

Via jpp123

Now it’t true that Route 20, aka the Snickerdoodle, does have you climbing up, outbound, 20 more feet vertically, net, than the Wiggle (and also inbound – there’s one block of Divis that’s uphill a bit) and it’s also true that Route 20 has a couple steeper blocks betwixt Fillmore and Pierce in the Western Addition.

But, Route 20:

Is a third of a mile shorter

Is faster*

Has better pavement

Has you waiting less time staring at red lights (which is nice when compared to the Wiggle’s concomitant Market Street section with the Octavia Boulevard obstacle, which has traffic signals biased for car drivers heading north-south using Octavia)

Avoids hated Octavia Street / Boulevard entirely (cause Octavia simply doesn’t exist as a road in the McAllister area – it’s like you have a permanent green light)

Has less traffic

Has fewer peds to deal with

Has fewer cyclists to deal with (cause, you know, especially in the Lower Haight area, you just don’t know what those cyclists are going to do)

Is, due to the factors cited above, safer

Avoids the ridonculas behind-the-Safeway-to-inbound-Market puzzle that makes no sense (that I can see – I don’t know how to get across Market at Duboce legally without getting off and walking in the crosswalk)

Has zero cops sitting around handing out tickets (because you’re avoiding Fell and Scott, and Duboce and Steiner, and Haight and Pierce, and all the other places the SFPD hangs out during those periodic stop sign and red light enforcement actions)

Has Gallery 1269 to look at (optionally)

So, I don’t care, go whichever way you want. I’m just saying the Wiggle is the wrong way to get the Panhandle (and Beyond) from Downtown.

And vice versa.

*I suppose that jinking over to Oak and taking it all the way (almost) to Market might be faster still, although you’d have to decide which side of the street to go on. (The left side has more room, but there’s no longer a dashed line to keep left lane traffic out of your way. The wait at Octavia Boulevard might slow you a bit, however.

Oh, and there’s Golden Gate Avenue as well, inbound…

Big, Big Organ: Come to the Weekly Concerts at Our Legion of Honor Musuem – Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the music schedule for our Legion of Honor museum.

Now, what I used to call the organ, that thing you sit at and play, they call the “console.”

This is the organ itself, taking up most of the attic.

To the right is the dome that you can see from the main lobby – it appears to be made of something solid, but it’s made of thin fabric to let the sound go downstairs:

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And here’s just part of the organ proper – see the people down there?

 

Big big big.

And here’s what else is going on these days at the Legion:

August 6, 2011 - February 12, 2012
August 20, 2011 - December 31, 2011
October 22, 2011 - January 22, 2012
See you there!

Cloudburst at Shingle Street, 2011

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Or rather, Cloudburst at Jessie Alley, close enough.

Shouldn’t drainpipes evacuate water down below instead of up five feet in the air?

Like paid obfuscater Dr. Henry Lee from the O.J. Simpson case, I sense that “something’s wrong” here.

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“When I was small I was in love

In love with everything

Now there’s only you”

We climb the cliffs
And hang from trees
Wrap the rocks and the beach
State of shock at flick of switch
(mindless) into the cloudburst overhead
I wanna get my face wet
Been buried in the sand for years
(headlong) into the cloudburst naked
There’s really no escaping it
There’s gonna be a cloudburst here.
Come out of your shell
And look at the sea
It may be just as well
You stayed here with me
Private hell at turn of a key
(blindly) into the cloudburst overhead
I wanna get my face wet
Been buried in these hands for years
(mindless) into the cloudburst naked
There’s really no escaping it
There’s gonna be a cloudburst here
And it’s dawning on me
I’ve been a cork in the ocean, been bobbing in the North Sea
Then take this vest of plaster, these boots of concrete
And make them down as surplus, return to Mulberry…
Cloudburst at Shingle Street
Cloudburst at Shingle Street
Cloudburst at Shingle Street
When I was small I was in love in love with everything
Now there’s only you

When is the Steam Pipe Underneath McAllister and Larkin NOT Steaming?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Via ActionNewsSF, you might search to find a KGO-TV bit covering the traffic-disrupting venting steam pipe at McAllister and Larkin today – it’s more steam than usual, that’s for sure.

But this area of Civic Center right in front of our Asian Art Museum (this year, it’s Shanghai) is basically steaming all the time, right?

HC SVNT DRACONES:

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This intersection is usually steaming, unless it’s flooding. Like this:

via Lulu Vision

Oh well.

As per usual, it all happens on (or near) McAllister Street, Gateway to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle and home of the Snickerdoodle bike path (Route 20), your best way of getting over Alamo Heights while avoiding the abysmal, Hayes Valley NIMBY-designed Octavia Boulevard 24-7 traffic scrum.

McAllister Repaving Ensures Snickerdoodle Bike Route is Smoother Than Ever

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

See? That’s smooth, baby.

San Francisco Bike Route 20 (if you’re going west, anyway) on McAllister near Pierce. Click to expand:

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(If you’re heading east, in towards downtown, the Route 20 switches over to hillier Fulton, which is not recommended.)  

And those “lead pipe” attacks (well, not actually lead, probably, but whatever) on cyclists ended more than four years ago. From 2005:

ASSAULTS ON CYCLISTS REPORTED IN WESTERN ADDITION

“We’ve received reports of cyclists being assaulted near the corner of Fillmore and McAllister by youths carrying lead pipes during the past few weeks. Use caution when biking through this area after dark, and immediately report any violence to the SFPD by calling 911 (for emergencies) or 553-0123 for non-emergencies.”

So now there’s no excuse not to take The Snick to get to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle bike path.  

If you want…

Wildflowers Coming back to San Francisco’s Presidio – “Smooth Owl’s Clover” Rediscovered

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The thing about the Presidio is that you get broken water mains all the time. But that can be a good thing, cause it seems that water from a busted pipe managed to wake up some wildflower seeds recently.

Read below to see what the Presidio is saying about this today.  

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This is what Smooth Owl’s Clover looks like.

WILDFLOWER NOT SEEN FOR NEARLY A CENTURY RETURNS TO PRESIDIO. WATER MAIN BREAK LEADS TO SURPRISING FIND
 
Presidio of San Francisco (June 5, 2009) — In 1917, the Presidio Fire Station was built; the military post was supporting troops fighting in World War I; and the Smooth Owl’s Clover was last seen at the Presidio.
 
That is until April, when Presidio Trust staff members collecting seeds at an out of the way site near Fort Scott stumbled across a lucky find. The bright yellow flower not seen at the Presidio in 92 years was poking through the soil.
 
“It’s fascinating to think about the legacy, the history of the ecosystem,” says Andy Kleinhesselink, a biological sciences technician with the Presidio Trust. “That there are still parts of it living in the soil—seeds lying beneath the trees, buildings, roads–unseen but still there, still viable, just waiting for their chance to re-emerge.”
 
Smooth Owl’s Cloveris a native wildflower found in California’s coastal counties, but it was long thought to have vanished from the Presidio. An annual plant that stands about six inches tall, the clover’s upright flowering stem bears a few dozen little pastel yellow flowers stack on top of one another. Trust staff speculate when a nearby main burst a few months ago the soil was disturbed re-awakening the dormant seeds buried deep below the surface.
 
Kleinhesselink and other Trust staff members will now hand-pollinate the newly found plant, hoping to nurture the tiny, existing population and possibly replant the clover elsewhere.
 
“Nature has this way of re-awakening, of forcing itself back to the surface,” says  Kleinhesselink. “There’s always a chance for new discoveries and surprises even in areas teeming with people like the Presidio.”
 
Smooth Owl’s Clover is one of several wildflowers to re-appear in the Presidio after long absences. The others:
 
·          Chinese Caps— Not seen in the Presidio since 1936, it was presumed to be extinct in the park until it was found on the coastal bluffs in April.
·          Sticky Cinquefoil– Found in the landscape behind the Golden Gate Club last year, records show it had been seen in the Presidio in 1999 and 2001 as well. Prior to 1999, it had not been seen in the Presidio since 1894.
·          Baby Blue Eyes—Like Chinese Caps, presumed extinct in the Presidio until earlier this year when it was seen for just the second time in 118 years. Records indicate it disappeared from the park from 1891 to 1980.