Posts Tagged ‘regency’

What’s Hanging Off the Side of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero – The Scariest-Looking Cell Phone Antennas Imaginable?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

That’s window cleaning equipment on the left, but what are those huge antennas on the right?

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Courage.

Via David Yu: Embarcadero Center 5,4,3,2,1, 345 California, 555 California, 505 Montgomery, TransAmerica Pyramid

Friday, November 25th, 2011

These are your skyline landmarks, as seen from Treasure Island:

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This is what San Francisco looks like for the year-end holidays of 2011. Now here’s what things looked like in years past:

First, he was all like this:

Then he was all like this:

Then it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.

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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:

A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced Triple Five Cal, good buddy, come-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!

Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!

Know Your Illegal Taxi Drivers of San Francisco: Typically, They Have Large, Black, Lincoln Town Cars

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just as politics is the reason why the feds are about to spend a billion dollars on the oh-my-God-wouldn’t-we-be-better-off-without-it Central Subway, politics is the reason why it’s hard to get a taxi cab in San Francisco.

I mean, what kind of world do you want to live in – one where we have a lower number of higher-paid drivers or a larger number lower-paid drivers? (That’s a political question, of course.)

For whatever reason, it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at certain times and relatively hard at others. That’s the system we’ve had, that’s what’s been chosen.

And that means it’s awfully tempting for illegal cab drivers to hit the streets during the busier times.

As here, at the foot of California Street, right near the foot of Market, right in the Financial District in front of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. See? A quick price quote/negotiation convo and then she hopped in:

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Do you think this woman would have preferred to take her taxi ride in a taxi? Probably as it would have been much cheaper, but she didn’t really have all that much of a choice.

Do you think the SFPD generally knows what’s going on here. Sure, but they don’t really want to deal with this sitch.

Now, how about making money instead of spending it this coming New Years Eve? Simply rent a car and then drive it around all night taking people where they want to go. You’ll see thousands of people waving their arms around all over the City, so you’ll have no problem finding customers. Be sure to quote an outrageous amount when they ask you, “How much?”

As long as you don’t get in an accident, and don’t get pulled over by the police, and don’t run into a few other hazards I can think of, you should be good to go. (But if the cops figure out what you’re doing and they’re motivated to throw the book at you for not having permits and stickers on the outside of your car and whole bunch of other stuff, then you’ll be in trouble with a capital “T.” That’s just one reason why I don’t recommend you to do anything like this.)

Such is the state of San Francisco taxi driving.

As it is, as it was, and as it shall ever be…

MyDutchMoped: Get an Aging Batavus One-Cylinder Moped and You’ll Become Cool, Maybe Join the Tenderloin Creatures

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This Batavus Regency is a new one on me.

Did I spot a Creatures of the Loin reference in there? Check out Lauren “:)” Smiley’s historic bit right here, for the 411 on San Francisco’s formerly angry moped gangs.

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A manifesto of sorts, from a moribund webpage:

Media blackout begins. to clarify: the creatures of the loin are complete losers. a few of them, the more unsavory ones, are homeless. they are around 22 years old on average with a healthy number still being high school misfits who get made fun of by even the nerds. they are about 40% girls and have chosen the moped way due to a love of liberation, a desire for self sufficiency…”

Don’t stop believing, Batavus riders!

And get to know area gang members on peds of all stripes:

! Ching Chung Schlung !
#1 Flynn
( . ) ( . )
8====|) ~~~~
Amber Rico
Anne Borremans
Annelise Jeske
Bella Weinstein
Benadam X
Bret Hoffman
Brett Walker
Brian Pritchard
Chris Paz
Clare Crisafi
Connie Hwong
Craig Wong
Cristina Victor
Dan Webber Kastner
Dave Phrick
David Linehan
David Pilz
David W
David Cox
Dominique Lewis
Elliot Ortiz
Em Is Coco? Chilldance
Emily Kastner
Emily X
Erin Kearns
Graham French
Harold Smith
Harvey Mushman
Heather Rosner
J-Lo Timberlake
J.a.m. (justin) Creature
Jeremiah Robertson
Jesse Spelljammer
Jessica Lazer
Jordan Dewing
Joshua Franta
Kelly Ellis
Liam Devowski
Monica Schaefer
Nathan Jauvtis
Remy Spritzer
Round Boy
Rufus *
Silverfox Sullivan
Sin Hombre
Soraya Parker
Starbuck ****
Zac Monster Squad
Zach Levenberg
Zeke Jak

Night-time San Francisco Certainly Looks Festive This Time of Year

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The special night-time holiday lighting continues in San Francisco’s Financial District.

First, he was all like this:

Then he was all like this:

Now it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.

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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:

A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced triple five Cal, Good Buddy, come o-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!

Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!

Gun Rights Policy Conference Coming to Burlingame September 24, 25, 26 – Free Lunch!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is coming to our Airport Hyatt on September 24-26, 2010. 

I wouldn’t have knowed about it but for the $10,000 ad campaign that MUNI decided to allow, so I guess it pays to advertise, huh?

See the poster? You can just forget about your safe room when “a violent criminal is breaking through your front door.” Instead, you should  just lie in wait until you get the chance to greet him with a blast from your pump action Mauser that’s longer than you are tall. It’s like you’re your own spring gun or something.

Achtung, baby:

The deets:

And hey, maybe G Gordon Liddy will show up again. Who knows.

In closing, free luncheon!

Over the counter with a shotgun/
Pretty soon everybody got one

All the deets:

GRPC 2010 

Come meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2010) in San Francisco, CA, at the Hyatt Regency Airport hotel on September 24, 25, & 26, 2010. This is your once-a-year chance to network and get an insider look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders–and make your voice heard.

This year we’ll take a look at critical issues such as: city gun bans, youth violence, “smart” guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, legal actions, gun show regulation, state and local activity. We’ll also preview the upcoming court cases and revisit the U.S. Supreme Court Heller Decision.

The full roster of GRPC 2010 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, U.S. Representatives Ron Paul, Chris Cannon, Bob Barr & Jean Schmidt, Robert Levy, Esq. & Alan Gura, Esq., counsel for the Heller case, Wayne LaPierre, John Lott, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Ken Hamblin, and many others.

GRPC Supporters:

San Francisco’s Hyatt Regency Embarcadero is a Winter Wonderland

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Here’s the World’s Largest Hotel Lobby as it appears during the Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Yule / Sol Invictus / Hogmanay / Amaterasu Omikami / Festivus seasons.

And check the slideshow of the holiday decorations at our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel.

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And here’s Santa Town up close. How many Starbuckses can you spot?

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See you there!

Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Shows Our Fear of, and Attraction to, the Number Thirteen

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Of course we hates the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, we hates it forever, ’cause of the forever nonrevolving restaurant they have up on the roof, oh, how it mocks us, but leaving that aside, isn’t it funny how it lacks a 13th Floor

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… but the name of the bar in the lobby is/was called 13 Views?

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So, when you want to be safe at night, well, 13 is just too much bad juju for us to deal with, but when we tire of safeness, when we want to cut loose, put on our pretty shoes, and meet an exciting, dangerous stranger at a hotel bar, well, 13, that sounds… intriguing.

That’s the way it used to be, anyway, before the lobby bar closed down. Oh well.

Triskaidekaphobia – Catch It!

Northern California is Now Bereft of Revolving Restaurants – Let’s Get the Equinox Spinning Again!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

What’s up with the former Equinox Restaurant way up high down at the foot of Market Street? It don’t revolve no mo. What’s the deal? Does it need a new motor? Cause my stepbrother is parting out a Subaru -  he has a flat four boxer with a recent rebuild that could totally be used to spin that place like a record, baby.

I believe that this City should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a diner on the revolving restaurant known as Equinox, spinning him as he dines, and returning him safely to the Earth.

Now don’t talk to me about how it’s never gonna revolve ’cause the Hyatt Regency people are dead-set on continuing with their “sorry hemispheres” concept. What do the rich people do up there anyway in the Regency Club Lounge? They sure as heck don’t revolve – seems a waste, doesn’t it? What the richers do up there is watch cable TV without being disturbed by the hoi polloi, such as yourself.

See the idiot box flickering away up in there? That’s what they’re doing with the Big E these days:

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This boxy turntable was perched atop Embarcadero Five for one reason, and only one reason: to separate tourists from their money by serving them bad food with a nice view. And it was available to all comers - as long as you had $30 for rubbery chicken, you were welcome to take a ride.

Those were the days.

We should fix up the motor, lube the spindle, and get her turning again - we could re-open the Equinox in time for NewYear’s Eve, December 31st, 2009.

Then we’d party like it’s 1999. (Will Smith rapped a Rock the Casbah cover? Wow.)

We choose to go to the Equinox. We choose to go to the Equinox in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

Evict the Richers, Free the ‘Nox!

NorCal’s Only Revolving Restaurant Doesn’t Revolve Anymore?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Well here it is, atop the “brutal” concrete Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel at 5 Embarcadero - the former Equinox revolving restaurant. But it closed down a few years back, never to revolve again. Oh well.

Back in the day, it was the thang. Check out a major Warner release from 1979 on the YouTube: Time After Time. It’s a time travel epic involving a hungry Mary Steenburgen and a saucy Jack the Ripper. See how the place rotated?

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These days, this rooftop locale has become the non revolving Regency Club Lounge or Regency Club, or Regency Club Floor and Lounge, something like that. The whole shebang is divided into four hemispheres, so now there are areas dedicated to “dining, business, entertainment and relaxation.”

But this “hotel within a hotel” is reserved only for the upper crust of hotel guests.

Check it out, if you can.