Posts Tagged ‘rx’

280 Tableau: America’s Own Version of the Autobahn, San Mateo County – Luxury Cars Famous for Fires

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Ah yes, the 280. Spacious, fast and full of luxury cars.

To wit:

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Ah yes, the famous Tesla Model S. Let’s compare it’s on-the-road-caught-on-fire rate with, I don’t know, that of the well-designed, all-electric Nissan Leaf and maybe, I don’t know, the plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt. Oh wait a sec, Nissan Leaves and Chevy Voltses NEVER CATCH ON FIRE.* Well gee, why is that, Elon Musk? What’s wrong with your cars and/or your customers?

And the jelly-bean Lexus RX / Toyota Harrier. I suppose this “Tall Camry” / “Tall Lexus ES” is a luxury car. It doesn’t catch on fire, all that much.

And the Mercedes Benz GL. It does catch on fire. Sometimes. And for no good reason.

Taken via Google Glass** from my Toyota, which was paid off twelve years ago, and which is 40% of the way through its working life.

*And these are more established cars with more time and more passenger miles on the road than the Model S

**Or not!

A Gated Community Full of Lexuses Parked Less Than a Quarter-Mile from San Francisco City Hall – Oh, It’s the PJ’s!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

As in “The Projects.”

The climate here on McAllister is still a bit “muggy,” but this neighborhood is far from the worst in town.

(And if you hit a couple of green lights on the way to Civic Center, you’ll get there in less than a minute. Hurray!)

LS and RX for those keeping score:

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Remember, “Transit First”

Spotted: New Google Lexus SUV – It’s Self Driving Of Course – And Check Out All These Other Google Conveyances

Friday, June 21st, 2013

On McAllister Street near Alamo Square in the Western Addition, June 20, 2013:

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The sad thing was that on this block there was a ton of people waiting for San Francisco’s incompetent bus service, MUNI. (It’s the slowest big city transit system in the history of America.)

And here it is, from a little while back, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

I’ve heard contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different narratives) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.

And of course, don’t forget about the Google Bus:

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Now, there are a lot of counterfeit Google Map Cars out there as well:

Accept No Substitutes.

Bon Courage, Googlers!

Mercedes Benz E -Class vs. Lexus RX in Front of San Francisco City Hall, January 22, 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I don’t know, somebody screwed up real bad yesterday AM at the intersection of Polk and McAllister right in front of City Hall.

Couldn’t tell if it was the fault of the driver of this aging Mercedes Benz E320 or the driver of the Lexus RX300 jelly belly car that wound up far away in the crosswalk.

Alls I know is that both people were well protected by airbags (despite the age of both vehicles). The penalty for stupid driving is less than it used to be, back in the long ago, that’s for sure.

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In a fast german car

I’m amazed that I survived

An airbag saved my life

In the next world war

jack-knifed juggernaut

I am born again

An Everyday Vehicular Pas de Deux in San Francisco’s Corona Heights

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

When the 37 Corbett MUNI bus cruises through Corona Heights, everybody else needs to get out of the way. If not, you end up in this kind of minor traffic jam, a slow-motion vehicular pas de deux with a communal effort to head off/mitigate the incipient collision.

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How can you tell this scene is from 2009?

The WhyIslam? bus ad;

The ubiquitous (#1 luxury vehicle in America these days) Toyota Harrier / Lexus RX “tall Camry”, crossover SUV, avec tiresome “gold pack” badges; and 

The green BioDiesel sticker on the bus

There’s your 2009 right there.

(Ir)regardless, this starfish-like intersection isn’t the problem – it’s the narrow streets combined with parallel parking, that’s the problem.

Please be patient when visiting…