Posts Tagged ‘russian’

Mountain Lake Update: AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX, AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX, AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

And the poor red-eared slider is all, “No, not the box! Not the box again!”

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And oh yes, EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION FOR GIRLS will run you, you know, 30-something thousand dollars a year. Times nine, Gentle Reader. Oh, twins? Then times eighteen. Welcome to Frisco.

The Onions are Done – Giant Golden Domes of Geary are Fortified to Face the Rigors of the Great Geary Fog Belt

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary, Before:

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Before:

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And After, same as it ever was:

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Same as it ever was…

Lawyer Ad or realtor Ad? – As Seen on the Back of a MUNI Bus

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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Another Fixer-Upper in the Richmond: Golden Onion Domes of the Russian Orthodox Holy Virgin Cathedral Shrouded by Scaffolding

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Outer Richmond District on a recent Dreaded Sunny Day:

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Those domes have real gold on the outside, as real as the gold flakes on the highly regrettable Big 5-0 Sausage from our highly regrettable Bay Area Super Bowl 50.

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Our Holy Virgin Cathedral at 6210 Geary will be back in shape in now time, I’m sure.

Selling the Richmond District, Alliteratively! – “Enjoy Our Parks & Piroshki & Biking & Bagels & Beaches & Burgers…”

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here you go:

An Invest in Neighborhoods grant was awarded to Richmond District YMCA and Geary Merchants Association to install banners along the corridor.”

I don’t know, perhaps I didn’t come across all of these banners, but this version of our Richmond District seems like sunny Santa Monica with a schmear of Caucasian emigres thrown in:

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What is SFGov funding here, a nostalgia trip for the Wizened & White, the Millionaires & Merchants of Geary Blvd?

Could be…

These banners remind me of this effort in North Beach back in The Aughts

I mean, are we talking about the Richmond District of 2015, or of 1915?

(And “burgers,” what? I can think of exactly one burger place in the Richmond District what has more than 3.5 Yelp stars and it is in no way a destination restaurant.)

Tell me, Gentle Reader, what have I missed?

I’ll leave you with this, a neutral snapshot of the Richmond IRL, a perspective NOT funded by SFGov:

The Richmond District is a neighborhood in the northwest corner of San Francisco, California, developed initially in the late 19th century. It is sandwiched between Presidio of San Francisco (north) and Golden Gate Park (south). It is sometimes confused with Richmond, a city 20 miles (32 km) north of San Francisco. With the Pacific Ocean on its west, the Richmond is known for its foggy weather and colder climate due to the wind chills blowing from the ocean. It is also home to a vast affluent Chinese population and its commercial strips on Geary Blvd. and Clement Street are commonly referred to as the second Chinatown and boasts more highly rated Chinese restaurants than Chinatown itself. The Richmond also has deep Irish and Russian roots and has many Catholic and Orthodox churches.”

“New Balance” Shoes with a Faux Cyrillic Capital “N” – Looks Legit!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The other side has regular N’s – good enough to fool me.

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Nothing beats faux Cyrillic.

Wealthy Whiny White People Have Managed to Partially Shut Down Part of Lombard – Mark Farrell’s F-U to Tourists – One Weird Trick

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

This trial of shutting down Lombard Street to tourists looks unstoppable now.

Some rich property owners in Russian Hill have had their aesthetic sensibilities offended by those, those people known as tourists. So these richers want to gate off Lombard Street and make part of it a private.

Except they don’t want to pay for making it a private road. Oh. And the purpose of roads in California is so that people can use them – it’s like burned into the vehicle code or someplace.

So the next best thing for these white millionaires is this trial to cut down on tourism. And the way to get that is to turn an aesthetic issue into a safety issue.

For example here’s how this works when rich white property owners decide they don’t want telephone poles and MUNI wires lousing up their enclaves. Here we go, from “Report of Meeting with Supervisors Farrell and Chiu”

“Supervisor Farrell is also looking for ways to pitch it beyond aesthetics.”

So then the people who don’t want to see telephone poles and MUNI poles starting talking up the “safety issue.”

You see, ’cause if you tell the truth about your motives, then you give the rabble, the masses, the Proles a chance to undo your self-described “improvements.”

OTOH, if you say your concerns are about safety, then your biases will be given more deference if and when it comes time for higher authorities to give a stamp of approval. Of course, sometimes this safety argument works, sometimes it doesn’t:

1880: “There are too many Chinese working in San Francisco” – let’s do something about it

2014: “There are too many Chinese* visiting Hyde and Lombard” – let’s do something about it.

 Oh well.

One problem with district Supervisor elections is that a handful of property owners can have an outsized influence over matters that should be decided on a citywide basis. If tourists, all those millions past, present and future, threw house parties for Mark Farrell to raise money in, then maybe he’d consider what they want.

But they don’t, so he doesn’t.

Oh well.

*And Euros and upper-middle-class-and-lower domestic tourists as well, but just look at the worst case scenario photo here.

OMG, from Ukraine with Love, It’s a Nuclear-Capable Soviet Tu-95 Bear Bomber on eBay! Just $3 Mil. – Or “Buy It Now” for $5 Mil.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Here’s the news of the day:

Check out TU-95MS – Soviet Bomber, yours for $5,000,000 (plus shipping) http://r.ebay.com/tQ5kOQ  via @eBay Kyle Mizokami Matthew Doye ‏@MatthewDoye

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Basically, the Tu-95 is the Soviet version of Boeing’s iconic B-52 bomber, except it has turboprops (instead of jet engines)and it’s a narrowbody, you know, for speed.

One wonders why our Ukrainian comrades don’t offer to just fly the thing to the highest bidder. Oh, what, it’s not in flying condition? Uh oh.

Anyway, have at it, buy it and see just how big of a drain this обтяжливе майно (l’oliphant blanc) will be on your finances.

All the deets:

 “Dear Bidders,

We are a company with locations in Switzerland , Germany and the Ukraine. Our field of activity includes the production and distribution of goods and raw materials from Ukraine and the rest of the world, headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Our partner in the Ukraine have acquired an aircraft of type the

TU- 95MS

A Soviet Era strategic bomber (demilitarized with all documents in order and ready for shipment).

Which we would like to offer you for sale.

All the shipping costs to the Harbour of Nikolaiev or Odessa are included in the final sell price.

If there are any more questions, you can reach us at any time at the following phone number:

Germany
+49178 / 3330077

We can therefore dissamble the Plane so u can get one or all of the turbines exclusively. Or the Plane without the Turbines sperate.

Just write a message or call us about further information or the price.

Please only serious bids

Have Fun bidding”

Aboriginal flavor packet in pocket of the Raider jacket, Soviet issue
Potato basket, sadomasochistic, lipstick thespian
Jada Pinkett Smith versus Wesleyan
Wealthy friends, failed Marxists, stale heartless
Hailed artists, frail, sensitive, pale sales targets

Here’s What You Need: An “IMZ-Ural Patrol” 2WD Sidecar Motorcycle Trike – Dog Included – From Russia With Love

Monday, January 27th, 2014

How adorkable!

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Always with the dogs in the sidecar. Always.

A worthy effort, but not up to the level of SURF Alaska, the gold standard of San Francisco hipsterdom.

Longtime East Bay Resident and SFGate Advocacy Journalist CW Nevius ID’s Cable Car as a “Hyde Street Trolly”

Monday, January 6th, 2014

(You can take the boy out of the East Bay (and plop him in a SoMA condo), but you can’t take the East Bay out of the boy.)

Gentle Reader, consider CW Nevius and his most recent bit advocating for the oppressed white millionaire homeowners of Russian Hill – this time he’s acting at the behest of Supervisor Mark Farrell (R., District 2)

See that*? 

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Now I think the word you’re looking for, CW Nevius, is trolley with an “e,” as in potatoe.

Except it aint a trolley, it’s a cable car.  To wit:

“…electric tram (streetcar), sometimes confused with a cable car.”

And the vehicle code section cited here is wrong:

“The problem, says Deputy City Attorney Buck Delventhal, is California Vehicle Code 21106.1…”

CW Nevius, if you’re going to take the trouble to cite a law, why not take the time to do it the right way? Do you feel overworked, CW? You shouldn’t. Moving on…

And there’s this:

“Stefani says Farrell’s office was unaware of the 1987 law…”

Uh, former law? Or former bill? Did the “law” sunset automatically? And was it ever signed by The Duke in the first place? I don’t think so actually.

You see, CW Nevius, what you should look at are the reasons why the millionaires’ efforts always fail. Try this on for size:

The streets of a city belong to the people of the state, and the use thereof is an inalienable right of every citizen, subject to legislative control or such reasonable regulations as to the traffic thereon or the manner of using them as the legislature may deem wise or proper to adopt and impose.’ … ‘Streets and highways are established and maintained primarily for purposes of travel and transportation by the public, and uses incidental thereto. Such travel may be for either business or pleasure…”

Nevius, why don’t you retire or go back to sports, srsly? Then you’d get replaced by somebody who would do your job better than you, right? Wouldn’t that be a win-win?

But before you do that, why don’t you fix this**`?

“Jose had been struck by a late-’90s, silver, four-door sedan as he stepped off the curb at Oak and Scott.”

“And the intersection of Fell and Scott, where Jose was hit, has consistently been described as one of the city’s most dangerous.”

Fin. 

*Looks like somebody is striking a pose on the crosswalk:

I’m a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the  
Yeah on the catwalk on the crosswalk, yeah
I do my little turn on the crosswalk

**I actually believed The Neve on the Fell and Scott thing, so I was going to go out there a week or two later on a Tuesday night at around the same time on the theory that this was somebody coming home during the evening drive. But then I saw that the actual location was on Oak so now I think the driver isn’t on a commuting schedule. You know, I’ve got a Canon 5D, crank the ISO up to 25,600, use a simple 200mm 2.8 prime to see if I could see some damage and get a plate. I mean it might have been worth the effort.