Yeoman Johnson and Captain Kirk catch a wave down in Half Moon Bay:
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What Percentage of the Drivers of These Cars Use Handicap Placards to Get Free Parking, You Know, Primarily?Friday, February 6th, 2015
I’m guessing 66%, or 100%.
(If you want to see scenes like this, head to Washington and Davis, just north of the Financh. And for some reason, handicap placard users tend to have brand new cars, and a lot of them have Mercedes-Benz S-Classes…)
Hey, here’s another question:
What percentage of California physicians have ever been disciplined for signing off on somebody’s handicap placard application?
The answer is zero percent (0%), in the entire history of Cali.
So that’s why it’s preferable for doctors to just sign your form instead of explaining why s/he doesn’t want to sign your form and, and, you know, piss you off.
You know, I’m in my 40’s, but when I was in my 30’s, my knees felt warm for a couple days. I looked it up and thought, oh so that’s what bursitis is. And people were all no you don’t have bursitis, that’s what plumbers get. And I thought, no, plumbers get chronic bursitis and I got me some acute bursitis. So I took an ibu pill and that was that – I never had this symptom again. Now, Gentle Reader, do you think I could go to a doctor, or a non-doctor, cause the DMV takes the word of pretty much anyone, and say I want a handicap placard for my bursitis condition, and then get a handicap placard, and then park all day all day, for free? I bet I could.
Not that I would.
But I’ll tell you, whenever SFGov gets around to ending this FREE PARKING FIESTA scam, watch them all fall down.
As up in Portland, OR. Hey, you know Portland is a leader in so many things, so guess what they just did up there? That’s right, NO SOUP FOR YOU! And, all of a sudden, most of the handicapped placards went away.
Someday this will happen down here in SF.
How is This Official SFGov SFMTA Red-Painted Parking Space Labelled “CAR SHARE” If It’s Only for Avis RENTAL CAR?Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Help me out here, Gentle Reader. This formerly public parking space is now a private parking space, one that’s being rented out to Avis Rent a Car System, LLC, aka the Avis Budget Group.
But Avis isn’t actually “sharing” cars with you, it’s renting cars to you, right?
Is this what they call “framing?” Why is the SFMTA “framing” issues for Avis this way? Was Ron Conway involved with this? David Chiu?
I don’t get it.
So, just as soylent green is people, Zipcar is Avis, and CAR SHARE is CAR RENTAL, right?
What am I missing here?
Know Your Foxes and Know Your Coyotes of Golden Gate Park – Both are Harmless – Tail Up or Tail Down?Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Get your 2015 coyote update from Hoodline.
Coyotes are small, brownish, wild dogs, basically. They run with their non-bushy tails held down.
Thusly, as seen on JFK Drive near the Bison Paddock, shortly before Fish and Game plumb blew this critter away, with a rifle:
Lots of people don’t notice them, cause they hide most of the time. And sometimes, off-leash dog people flush them out, with bad results…
But coyotes is harmless, despite what any SF Chronicle columnist from Walnut Creek might imply.
Years ago, I invited people to send in their photos of foxes and people only sent in photos of coyotes ID’ed as foxes, oh well. Moving on … to real foxes.
I’ll tell you, the Presidio has gray foxes, I understand, but I’ve never seen a gray fox.
Gray foxes belong in the bay area as a native species. OTOH, red foxes are exotics brought here for hunting.
The foxes seen over the years in GGP are all red, and they’re smaller than coyotes, and they run with their bushy tales held higher. Thusly:
As seen in GGP’s Strybing Arboretum, back before they changed their name and started charging admission:
This critter here was killed crossing over Crossover Drive, I believe, back in the aughts:
From about 175 feet away from the Primitive Garden in GGP. She’ll see you before you see her:
I haven’t seen the red foxes of GGP for a good long time. They took a hit when Rec and Park put out poison to kill vermin, like rats and mice.
Maybe I’ll never see a fox in Golden Gate Park ever again.
But coyotes, we’ve got tons of those. Just keep your pup on a leash and away from the coyotes and everything should be fine.
(Or simply tell the coyotes to “get the fuck out of here” – your choice.)
The Incompetent SFMTA Boasts of Traffic Lights “Timed for Your Convenience” – Let’s Take a Look, at Oak, For ExampleTuesday, January 20th, 2015
[UPDATE: Here’s a reply from somebody at the SFMTA:
“The mistiming of Oak and Pierce was due to a malfunction of the intersection controller which should now be repaired. Please call 311 if you see any maintenance issues such as signals that all of the sudden appear to be out of sequence.“]
(I’ll tell you, I’ve been riding bikes around SF on pretty much a daily basis for the past quarter century. So that means that I have more miles, hours, decades than you or anybody else at the SFMTA, you know, on the Streets of San Francisco. Also, I have more miles driving about town than even most SFMTA operators, and I have more miles walking about than 99%+ of the employees of the SFMTA. So that’s my throat-clearing.)
I don’t know where this SFMTA MUNI blog post comes from.
“Green Lights for Muni by Rachel Hyden Friday, January 9, 2015:
No matter how you travel around San Francisco, you’re bound to come across a signal that will make your journey a little easier. As a cyclist, you get the “green wave;” as a driver, traffic lights are often timed for your convenience…”
You know, I’ve never seen a “green wave.” I’ve seen the signs for green waves (like here’s one on a hill – well, 13 MPH seems fast going up a big hill and it seems slow going down, oh well) and I’ve seen cyclists on Market bunched up and sometimes making it through the next signal and the next signal, but I wouldn’t call that no green wave. Moving on, Moving Forward…
To this – back before the incompetent SFMTA even existed, way back then, San Francisco did a better job of maintaining the timed lights on its major corridors, its freeway substitutes. So, for example, you could drive from the Inner Sunset to, say, Reno, Nevada without ever seeing a red. Sure, Lincoln to Kezar to Oak to the Central Freeway to the I-80. And then, after the Loma Prieta, which occurred before certain six figure a year MUNI bloggers were born, drivers would wind through Hayes Valley (which for most people isn’t a destination) and Civic Center and SoMA to whichever freeway on-ramp. All greens, baby.
And even more recently, like three or four years ago, SF did a much better job with the timed lights.
And now we’re in 2015 and it’s the worst ever. You look down Bush from the Western Addition and what you might expect to see is, what, a brown wave(?) of cars cruising along at 25 MPH or so, but what you see instead are cars pretty much randomly distributed.
The same goes for Pine outbound, where there are some stretches that I’d say aren’t really timed at all any more.
The twins Golden Gate and Turk are still more or less timed, as are Franklin and Gough. But lookie here at Oak near Pierce. Would you say that these lights are timed for anybody’s “convenience?”
Why would you set up the lights this way? Even for a day? SF used to have traffic engineers in charge and now I don’t know who’s in charge. Ideologists? Blogger PR-types from Ohio?
I’ll tell you, back a decade ago, the SFMTA wanted to replace four way stops on Page with their trademark horrible traffic circles. The reason being, ostensibly, and I’m srsly, was to reduce greenhouse emissions by not forcing cars to start and stop, and the BAAQMD was going to kick in just for this purpose. This didn’t work out*, but that’s what the SFMTA wanted, right? That was the stated purpose.
But now, here, just a block away on Oak, the SFMTA has/had the opportunity to properly time the lights, to reduce emissions, and it just doesn’t care.
And along comes the official SFMTA blog, which wants citizens to thank the heavens above every time they see a timed light, because the SFMTA labored to “make your journey a little easier.”
Oh, what’s that, SFMTA, give you more money and you’ll time the lights proper again? No, why don’t you use the money you already get more efficiently? I mean, right? I mean, aren’t you the worst big-city transit agency in America? No, well, then which big city has a worser transit system? Oh, what’s that, you just got an award for innovation or something? Well, great, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t the worst big-city transit agency in America. All of the other transit agencies laugh and call you names, SFMTA. (And you aint no Rudolph, with his nose so bright.)
So, why not time traffic lights proper before you pat yourself on the back for timing traffic lights, SFMTA?
*The SFMTA made the mistake of allowing people to actually vote on one of the SFMTA’s goofy, thoughtless ideas. The SFMTA ended up losing, big-time, like by a three to one ratio in some cases. Needless to say, the SFMTA doesn’t allow any votes like that any mo…
Reader “C” saw how a Bro manspreaded his red scooter:
“No doubt there will be notes left on his scooter. That’s not very nice parking. Is he making a point or something?”
Men are pigs, right ladies? I’ll bet this San Francisco scooter jockey wouldn’t dream of parking in such a fashion…
Check out these tomatoes, suspended above the idling cars and trucks:
Depeche Mode: Miniskirted Urbanist Poses on Haight Street’s Brand-New Red Lane – The Glamour of TransitMonday, January 12th, 2015
By Vivian Ho:
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Or minidress? IDK.
(And I might add that the photographer’s assistant with the screen isn’t actually doing anything except making the scene just a skosh darker. I mean, if you yourself aren’t casting a shadow, due to fog / clouds, then your screen isn’t really doing all that much neither. Time might have better spent looking out for bus or car drivers…)