Posts Tagged ‘richmond’

This Richmond District Mom Appears to be a Bad Driver – VW Shows Off “PEDESTRIAN MONITORING” in the Avenues – See the Video

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Via your locally-owned and operated RICHMOND DISTRICT BLOG we discover this new ad for the 2018 VW Atlas SUV.

However, there’s something wrong with this driver if she can’t see this kid at or well before this point in time:


The VW appears to be 50+ feet from where the errant kid was soon going to be in the above.

Here’s the whole thing:

Not saying that Frisco pedestrians aren’t horrible, just saying that PEDESTRIAN MONITORING shouldn’t have been necessary here.

And just as we don’t want to lull peds into a false sense of security, we don’t want to do the same with drivers.

(And when driving on our wide wide avenues at 25 MPH or less, one has a higher safety margin when more towards the middle of this street, so she should have been more to her left, generally, assuming that no oncoming traffic was oncoming.)

(Also, no FLP (Front License Plate), which of course is required in CA. Unless you have your reg in the front window ’cause your new car is so new that you haven’t gotten your plate from the DMV yet, but the reg isn’t in the window either. That’s a MINUS 5 for Hufflepuff House, as you’ll get cited by the SFPD, CHP, or the SFMTA, the big three of area FLP enforcement)

IOW, I question the Hollywood crowds’ ability to show this safety feature in this case…

Regatta de Blanc: White People + Annual THREE BRIDGE FIASCO = ??? (Also, MOTHERBOY is a Real Thing)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

(Not to be confused with Reggatta de Blanc, back when Sting did “White Reggae,” and that was the way we liked it!)

No, this was the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco, which certainly lived up to its name in 2018.

Of course, things started out OK last Sunday. (Can you see the building on the highest point of South East Farallon?)

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But then, look at this:

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It was a total FIRE SALE what needed attention from the Coasties:

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And then I was like, “Please don’t let this be white people, please don’t let this be white people,” and well, you know:

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So you had vessels going backwards under the bridge, going out with the tide. NTTAWWT, but I’m sure our local Bar Pilots aboard massive container ships Straight Outta Pusan didn’t appreciate all this foofarah.

Now look, it’s a tow, from MATER, get it? It’s Sir Tow Mater, KBE?

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Aint never seen this –  a sailboat towing a sailboat:

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Now this guy got all upset after I started giving him the business with my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Plus II, you know, for like five minutes – geez what a sore loser!

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No no, actually, the shot above is yet another one from the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and actually, dude looked totally competent, why not.

And these ppl too, they did fine – I guess they just got caught up with the TBF:

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But here’s how things ended, for some:

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Oh well.

Anyway, here at the racing results for 2018, with just a 1% completion rate.

Oh, and fans of Arrested Development will be gratified to learn that MOTHERBOY is a real thing, at least it is at the St. Francis Yacht Club. See?


(I came across this when I was trying to find out about the recent fiasco. You’re welcome.)

In closing, you beat me to the punch, yes, it was a “fiasco.” But I am therefore disarmed, if this affair was basically what was intended. And, unlike the America’s Cup, it didn’t cost John and Joan Q Taxpayer eight(!) figures in subsidy. So carry on, Fiascoers, but let’s be careful out there…

Richmond Special – Here’s What You Do With a Very Small Front Yard in Our Colorful Richmond District – Special Richmond

Friday, December 1st, 2017

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The Most Proper Alfa Romeo I’ve Seen in Frisco, in All My Years – A 1750 Berlina, Born in the ’60s

Friday, December 1st, 2017

See what I mean? Proper:

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As seen on Fulton, at a red light, talking with the driver of this other aging Alfa, which just happened to be in the neighboring lane:

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Let’s just say Frisco is un sanctuario per aging Alfas, perche no?

SFMTA PCO Doesn’t Have Time for the Long Red Lights of Geary – A Legal U-Turn, But Against the Red

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

I guess this is like an “Idaho Stop,” but for Parking Control Officers.

So you stop for a red on outbound Geary, see that it will take a long time for the light to go green again and then after that it will take a long time for inbound traffic to clear enough for you to make a u, so you then just make your u-turn on a red light, thusly:

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I guess every little counts when you need to hit your ticket quota…

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ACHTUNG, BABY: Glorious RTN Russian Media Group Invades The Richmond

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

First Trump and now this, right comrades?

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And their logo is the Statue of Liberty, for some reason.

Say Hello to My Quite Large Friend: Distributed Antenna Systems Apparatus Popping Up All Over Frisco

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

I wondered

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…and now here’s the answer, via a SOMA ENGINEER:

“It’s part of the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that the mobile providers are building to increase cell phone capacity.

Those antennas have been popping up all over town. A few months before the antenna is installed, a folder with about 10 printed pages will be attached to the pole. I suppose one could read that to get more info, but not sure if anyone does.

When the crew installs the antenna they tend to jostle the pole quite a bit. This causes the streetlight to burn out shortly after the antenna is installed. Seems like the City should require the crew to replace the streetlight with an LED light to prevent this, but if you check at night you will see a lot of the poles with antennas on them have burned out streetlights.”

Mystery Transmitter: Beware Beware

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Cellular, I s’pose

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Double Cisterns, All the Way – The Monozygotic Cisterns of our Richmond District

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

As stated, all the way:

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Find out about lesser cistern arrangements here.

The Failure of the Federally-Funded SFPark Program is Shown on Clement – Saturdays v. Sundays

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Was this shot of Clement taken on a recent Saturday or a recent Sunday? Well, IDK, as the parking / double-parking / handicap placard free parking abusing looks pretty much the same to me:

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This is despite the fact that Saturdays reflect implementation of the more market-rate SFPark approach but Sundays, well Sundays are ANYTHING GOES DAYS, due to our SFMTA board deciding that FREE SUNDAY PARKING was GOOD, and then DECIDING THE FREE SUNDAY PARKING was BAD, but then deciding that FREE SUNDAY PARKING was GOOD once again.

Myself, I’m not the kind to max out a parking meter and then lollygag about tending to bidness, as that (along with taxis, UBER, Lyft) is for non-cheap people, right?

Anyway, in part due to an extremely high amount of handicapped placards issued about town, the parking sitch looks pretty much the same from Saturday to Sunday.

If our SFMTA was really serious about increasing “parking availability” here, it’d jack up meter prices and then institute charging for parking on Sundays again. We’ll have to wait and see when that will happen.