Posts Tagged ‘race’

Ford Motor Company GoBike Regrets Promoting Rental Bike Racing in Marin, Going Over Bridges, Competing with Locals

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

Here’s the recent GoBike race on Conzelman in the GGNRA:

Now, who thought this was great, but the corporate employees/contractors @FordGoBike in, who knows, North Carolina, Michigan, New Yawk? Someplace like that. (Someplace where Ford can rightfully call $16.13 per hour “living wages” the way they call that very same hourly rate a living wage in Frisco. But anyway.)

Proof of this is in the ghost of the deleted Tweet, what the Ford People took down. See?

Speaking of which, you can’t race Ford Motor Company rental bikes. It’s against your agreement. (Say hey, did these roadie racers even sign an agreement and pay their money and their overtime fees? Who paid for the expense of this hours-long Ford Motor Company bikeshare promotion on the Golden Gate Bridge? IDK, but it appears to have been organized through FaceBook.)

Speaking of which, Ford Motor Company made a commitment to not compete with legacy Frisco-to-Sausalito bike rental outfits. And yet, compete they do, over and over, every day, over the bridge and back. If you don’t believe me, have your editor assign you to the GoBike beat and ask for the GPS record for these bikes, why not? Oh, what’s that, there’s no GPS on Ford Motor Company rental bikes? Mmmm, so how is Ford tracking all these people? Perhaps through their smartphones? Perhaps 24-7, like how fast you drive your car, how hard you press your brakes, gee, do people realize that they’re signing up for all this? NB: Search for “DO NOT TRACK” to see how the GOBIKE people react to such a command? (Spoiler: Ford has zero respect for any such Do Not Track anything, sry.))

Speaking of which, didn’t Ford agree to get rid of its Gobike On The Bridge marketing, due to its competition with local rental mom and pops? Well, Tweeting about this race kind of goes against that, non?

So for all these reasons, RACING, BRIDGING, COMPETING, Ford Motor Company rethought the matter and then deleted its Tweet(s).

FIN.

Philemon Cheboi Wins 2017 Alaska Air Bay to Breakers 12K / Community Gathering

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

As seen on left, in the lead halfway:

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Here he is at the finish.

Tree Mail: Major Cell Phone Service Providers Use a Giant Eucalyptus as a Temporary Utility Pole – Entmoot Expected

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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So our downsized and somewhat defunned Bay to Breakers 2017 is a coming this weekend so that means that Frisco’s annual street party will tax the bandwidth of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, so some of those suspects must be responsible for this temporary installation, which will allow all the partiers to get emails and texts and, IDK broadcast live or whatever the kids are into these days.

I’ve never seen this kind of tree-as-utility-pole setup, in all my years.

I’ll tell you, Certain People about town will NOT like seeing this.

I’ll get you started:

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son

When Crybaby Millionaire Homeowners of the Western Addition Say That Bay To Breakers TRASHED Their Neighborhood, This is What They Mean

Monday, May 16th, 2016

This is pretty much the worst of it here, on Fell just north* of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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I’ll tell you, these generally wealthy, wizened, whites were more upset about BtoB back when some of them were temporarily upside down on their mortgages, say right around 2008-2010, but now things have improved for them so they’re less irate.

Still, they wake up and talk about how trashed things are, how oppressed they is.

And actually, this was one of the Fell Street party houses, so this is about as bad as things get anywho.

(All right, I gotta go. I’m closing a deal on a condo right under final approach for the long runways at SFO. And the funny thing is that I HATE HATE HATE airplane noise, but I figure I’ll start complaining so much that they’ll have to close down the whole airport and then my property’s value will climb. Anyway, that’s my plan – wish me luck! Oh, just joking. Hey, is now A Good Time To Buy? IDK. IDTS, but IDK. If you’re going to plant yourself for 30 years, then the answer is probably yes…)

*Really this is actual NoPA (North of Panhandle Area), which some people, and I’m srsly, now call West NoPA. But actually, NoPA is actually northeast of the Panhandle, so what these people are saying is west of north of east of the Panhandle, more or less, which is a little crazy but that’s how we roll in 2016

Hey SFMTA! Where’s the Notice Warning Drivers to Not Park on Fell Here? – The Big Bay to Breakers Towaway

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is how things looked yesterday evening on Fell Street in the 94117. Do you see any warning signs about how everything parked on this stretch will get towed, with extreme prejudice, in a few hours?

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Well sure. I can see:

AT&T / Verizon COWS temporary cell phone towers in the Golden Gate Park;

A whole mess of portapotties; und

A lot of metal fencing

But what about non-locals, your Airbnbers and your VRBOers – how should they be able to tell that they SHOULD NOT PARK HERE?

Well, off to the right, outside of the frame, there are a couple notices posted on light poles. And I’m sure that there are more notices at the other end of the block, near Masonic. But as far as what you can see on this side of this block, your notice is hiding behind the white Toyota Prius. Click on in, you might be able to spot the top of it.

Hey, is this sufficient notice?

One wonders.

Peninsula Update: Former Go-Kart Track Taken Over by Canada Geese

Friday, March 18th, 2016

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What’s Going on Here, a Caravan of Consecutively-Numbered, Blacked-Out SUV’s Carrying Chinese People from Louisiana?

Friday, February 12th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, I see, “California State Public Highway One” (in simplified Chinese) SUV Tours, something like that. A mystery solved…]

Photographer James Corrigan is wondering what’s going on here out in the west si-ide:

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I aint never seen this. The left side means Californy and the right side means public something or other?

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IDK. But I’ll find out, soon ‘nough.

(Maybe it’s a race to see who can buy more houses in the Sunset?)

Garish, $140K, BMW i8 SAFETYCAR Towed by DPT, for Safety, One Supposes – The Limits of Supercar Ownership

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

You’d think a SAFETYCAR such as this one would spend its time on a racetrack up north, but no, it mingles with regular cars on the streets of San Francisco, like this:

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Now here’s the update, from Jake Saltzman:

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IDK, did SAFETYCAR block traffic in a yellow zone during towaway rush hour and then did DPT have it towed as a hazard to navigation? Well, something like that.

(Someday, _I’ll_ own and operate a SAFETYCAR!)

Isaac Mukandi Mwangi Wins the 2015 Bay to Breakers Fun Run – Notable Costumes? The Season One Serial Podcast

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

There he is, in the middle, at about the middle of the race:

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I gotta say, man, the rich white aging homeowners of the Western Addition have really managed to suck a lot of life out of this event – take a look at fan turnout at the Fell and Masonic area just after the front runners had cruised by:

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And now part of your entrance fee goes to paying off some of the millionaire homeowners groups so they don’t complain as much? OK fine.

And here are your costume winners – the Season One Serial podcast:

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I guess that’s Adnan’s Nokia calling Nisha, a high school mash note, convicted killer Adnan, and a Baltimore area Best Buy store.

If You Want an Urban Fun Run, But Not Too Urban, IYKWIM, Then Enter the BtoB – Look, It’s 90%+ White People!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

I can’t believe this is an official Bay to Breakers promotional image, but there you go:

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(I guess SPUR won out in the Western Addition / Fillmore / Hayes Valley after all.)

The only thing whiter than this in the 415 is the collection of Western Addition millionaire homeowners who cry about the BtoB each and every year.

(Oh what’s that, you’re a “leader” of NOPNA, but you’re not a aging white millionaire home-owning fussbudget? Well then I’d like to meet you, ’cause you’re a rare bird indeed.)

Welcome, once again, to Frisco, BtoB!