Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

LONDON Calling – Bus Stop Ad Seems In Apropos-Priate

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Well, look what I saw just after I encountered this political ad on Geary this afternoon

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How come I know this rule and London Breed and/or her ppl don’t?

A Gasoline Mystery: 76 Station Charges Just $2.32 per Gallon But the Chevron Across the Street is Asking $3.40 – What Madness is This? – 1400 19th Ave v. 1401 19th Ave.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

I remember, back in the 1990’s, in Hawaii, paying (ever so slightly) over $20 for a tank of gas* for the first time in my life.

But you know, from that perspective $2.32 at a 76 station doesn’t seem all that expensive, at all, you know, for 2018:

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And here’s your Chevron – note the cash price. That’s a whopping 46% more:

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And of course, these stations are right across the street from each other, in our Middle Sunset, or whatever ppl call it:

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It’s a mystery…

*I can also ‘member the first time I spent three figures on a single tank – that was in Marin, in the Early Aughts. Good times…

Spot the Drone in Dolores Park

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

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I don’t really “get” drone ownership, or dronership as you might say.

What’s the point of this, flying near / around some hippies’ frisbees?

It’s SCOOT’s World, We’re Just Living in It – The Solution to All the New SFMTA/UBER/Lyft-Created Traffic is a Quick Quiet Electric Scooter – (NOTE: Some Lane-Splitting Required)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Future is coming at you on just two wheels:

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This bit should make my point:

“Thanks to California’s tolerance of lane-splitting (thanks, California!), a scooter can sneak between cars and maneuver around the ubiquitous construction zones and double-parked delivery trucks, cabs and buses, which can reduce trip time dramatically.”

If you can lane-split through stalled traffic at 5 MPH to get to the front of the queue, well, that could get you to your destination two or three times faster than MUNI, UBER, Lyft etc, right?

Just saying…

Paris is Not THE Sister City of San Francisco – And Paris Never WILL NEVER BE Sister City with San Francisco – Here’s Why

Monday, March 12th, 2018

This issue comes up from time to time, and recently as well, so here’s the detailed answer.

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Something to consider when sister feelings call.

Leaving you with the new list, which omits 2012 Frisco for some reason, but here’s the list from a few years back. Note who’s the Twin Exclusive – it aint us:

2012: San Francisco
2011: Dakar
2011: Sao Paulo, signed an amendment to the Cooperation Agreement of 2004
2011: Yerevan
2011: Rio de Janeiro
2011: Ramallah, signed a pact of friendship and cooperation inauguration, the Garden of Nations, a bust by French sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), including Ramallah to Paris
2010: Doha
2010: Tel Aviv-Jaffa
2009: Istanbul
2009: Quebec
2009: San Francisco  
2009: Rio de Janeiro
2009: Quebec
2009: Jericho
2009: Istanbul
2007: Phnom Penh
2006: Montreal
2006: Cairo
2006: Beirut
2005: Copenhagen
2004: Tunis
2004: Sao Paulo
2004: Rabat
2004: Casablanca
2003 St. Petersburg
2003: Quebec
2003: Algiers
2002: Geneva
2001: Porto Alegre (joint statement)
2001: London
2000: Madrid
2000: Athens
2000 (updated in 2004): Washington
1999: Warsaw
1999: OVA (Arab Towns Organization)
1999: Mexico
1999: Buenos Aires
1999: Amman
1998: Sydney
1998: Sofia
1998: Lisbon
1998: Yerevan
1997: Tbilisi
1997, Santiago
1997: St. Petersburg
1997: Riyadh
1997: Prague
1997: Beijing
1996: San Francisco 
1996: Quebec
1996: Chicago 
1995: Jakarta
1993: Beirut
1992: Moscow
1991: Seoul
1987: Sanaa
1987: Berlin
1987: Amman
1985: Cairo
1982: Tokyo
1958: Kyoto
1956: Rome (Twin Exclusive)

Male v. Female – Bike Rider v. Motorcycle Rider – A Less Than Warm Welcome to Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Not sure what this Bro’s beef was. He might have thought she would intrude upon the outbound JFK Drive bike lane, and I too thought she could do just that, but I don’t think she did, not really, IIRC. But you know, the kind of ppl who flip off others thusly prolly do it like five times a day, so NBD I s’pose:

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Some roadies can be a little, you know, unnecessarily intense…

A Good Turnout for Sunday Streets Mission (#1 of 2), 2018 – Valencia is Now the Flagship Sunday Streets Street

Monday, March 12th, 2018

I suppose that the Embarcadero used to be the flagship location, but that venue isn’t around any more.

Prolly they’re still fine-tuning schedules and locations, as some recent events have looked like fog-enmeshed ghost towns, where it’s literally hard to see another soul.

No no, this is how it‘s supposed to be:

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Ten years ago, people got around on wheels more, it seems. Most of yesterday’s large crowd was on foot, as you can see…

Why You SHOULDN’T Read Your JUMP! Bike Rental Agreement – Hey, Can you Ride in the Fog? NO! – What If You Weigh Over 210 Pounds? NO!

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Well, here it is, just a part, one screens-worth, of your JUMP! bikeshare rental agreement, as approved by our SFMTA:


Noting just three items here – these are things that popped out at me when I looked up the insane MEDIA RELEASE clause – this is what I saw on my screen, and I didn’t go poking around the rest of this document as I had had my fill:

  1. A 210 pound weight limit. This seems low to me, as someone who’s six foot one/ and tons of fun.
  2. You can’t ride these bikes in the fucking fog? Srsly, in Frisco?
  3. And who the Hell negotiated the MEDIA RELEASE on your behalf, Gentle Rider?

So that’s why I say to not read the agreement – ’cause you prolly won’t like what’s in there and, you know, these issues most likely won’t come up unless you’re in a big accident or something.

Anyway, read and weep:

“(h) Restricted Uses. You shall not do any of the following acts (“Restricted Uses”):

  • Use any Bicycle if You are younger than 18 years of age.
  • Use any Bicycle if You exceed the maximum weight limit (210 pounds) of the Bicycle.
  • Use any Bicycle if You have any existing physical or mental condition that would prohibit You from safely operating the Bicycle.
  • Operate a Bicycle while carrying any item that impedes Your ability to safely operate the Bicycle.
  • Operate a Bicycle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other substance that impairs Your ability to safely operate the Bicycle.
  • Use any cell phone or mobile electronic device for any use that distracts You from the safe operation of the Bicycle, including but not limited to phone calls, text messages, or music.
  • Allow any other person to use the Bicycle or allow more than one person to be carried on the Bicycle.
  • Overfill the Bicycle basket or place objects weighing in total more 20 pounds in the Bicycle basket.
  • Violate any applicable federal, state, or local law or regulation.
  • Operate or use a Bicycle in any manner during adverse weather conditions, including but not limited to hail, dust storms, fog, heavy rains, or lightning storms.
  • Ride or operate a Bicycle that has any defect, fails to operate as a properly functioning Bicycle, or that is in need of repair.
  • Use the Bicycle if it, or any component of it, appears to be or becomes defective or malfunctions.
  • Use the Bicycle for racing, tricks, jumping, stunt riding, off-road riding, or in any other hazardous manner.
  • Use the Bicycle for any commercial purposes.
  • Tow, pull, carry, or push any person or object with a Bicycle.
  • Remove, dismantle, write on, deface, misuse, or modify any accessories, parts, or components of any Bicycle.


We reserve the right to photograph and record You using the Bicycle(s). You hereby give Us the right to use Your image and likeness (including caricature), and any reproduction or simulation thereof, in any media now known or hereafter developed, both during and after the term of this Agreement, for whatever the purposes We deem necessary or desirable. You hereby waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to any such use by Us or related entities.”

Oh Pumpkin Spice, Will You Ever Win?

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Unwanted, unloved, a giveaway price:

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You know, if they hadn’t added all the spice, this would be a good product…

Welcoming “Haight Ashbury Neighbors for [More] Density” to Frisco – Now, POP QUIZ – Which is More Dense: Hong Kong or SF?

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Nah, this is a pop quiz – you gotta answer fast, there’s no time to check Wiki.

Too late!

ANSWER: San Francisco has a higher population density than Hong Kong.

So if you’re coming to town to start up HAND, Haight Ashbury Neighbors for Density, know that that train has already left the station, as we’re already quite dense here.

(Cf. HANC, which has been around for decades and decades, FBOW.)

Yes, denser than Hong Kong, China:


The question isn’t whether we want to have a high population density, it’s more like how dense should we be?