Posts Tagged ‘sausalito’

Beaver Surprise! This Tourist Airplane Over San Francisco Used To Be a Part of CIA-Owned Air America, Inc.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

[TRIGGER WARNING: Beaver*]

This 1955 de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, operated by Seaplane Adventures (aka San Francisco Seaplane Tours Inc) of Mill Valley, Marin County USA  and recently seen flying over Market Street…

…this one…

…used to operate out of Thailand as a part of the CIA-owned Air America, Inc a half-century ago.

See? It’s one of these:

“Six Beavers lined up* at Udorn, probably in 1962 (UTD/Fink/ photo no. 1-JF25-16-PB1)”

Get all the deets right here:

AIR AMERICA: DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-2 (L-20) BEAVER by Dr. Joe F. Leeker Last updated on 4 March 2013

To wit:

“DHC-2 (L-20) L-202 833 1 March 62 leased from US Army 54-1693

Service history: arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15 February 62, to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674, based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 23 January 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); assembled by Thai Airways according to contract no. BKK 62-001 (Memorandum dated 9 February 62, in: UTD/Fink/B2F16); officially received at Bangkok on 1 March 62 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1).

Fate: was to be returned to the US Army in October 62 (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 30 October 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); returned on 21 April 63 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1); sold to R. N. Nelson Earth Movers as N5220G in March 92; sold to Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, Kenmore, WA, in 92; sold to San Francisco Seaplane Tours, Mill Valley, CA, on 13 July 94; current in March 2004 (request submitted to the FAA on 13 March 2004 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/); current in November 2008 (request submitted to the FAA on 23 Nov. 2008 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/).”

So there you have it. Head on up to the Sausalito / Marin City / Mill Valley area and take a ride on a piece of flying history, if you want. $179 and up.

* Heh.

Millionaires vs. Billionaires Up in Marin County: Petite Bourgeoisie Sausalito Homeowners Threaten Arson – My Precious Views!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I’m not sure who promised one particular homeowner up in Sausalito that his/her views would forever remain the same, you know, in perpetuity, but here’s the latest from Bluoz:

“NO DEVELOPMENT THAT BLOCKS VIEWS – IF YOU BUILD UP WE WILL BURN IT DOWN!!!”

Via Bluoz – click to expand

Oh, and you used the ladder from your garage? Well good for you, you nutcase.

Good for you.

You get  an “A” for effort

Know Your Faked Viral Videos, Made with GoPro Cameras or Not, In San Francisco or Not, Involving Seagulls or Not

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This one was for Lego Indiana Jones something, recorded in Potrero Hill by the Butler or something ad agency up in Marin County:

Yeah, fake.

For these reasons and more:

And here’s a faked GoPro seagull video made in France:

And here’s the latest, a faked GoPro video made in San Francisco by a woman from France, apparemment, you know, ostensibly:

In closing, GoPro, GoPro, GoPro! Yay for GoPro! Buy one, or three, today!

And Now, Another Moment of Zen: Those Crazy Balanced Rocks of Northern San Francisco and Southern Marin

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I’ll tell you, when you travel hither and yon and you tell people that you’re from San Francisco, what they’ll say in reply is that they visited the 415 and they want to know what kind of glue holds “those crazy rocks from Sausalito together.

I’m seriously.

Anyway, enjoy the reverse angle – from Marin towards San Francisco:

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Balanced rocks – hurray!

The Best Place to See San Francisco is at Hendrik Point at Battery Spencer, Above the Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, August 26th, 2011

And if you’re staying at Cavallo Point, it’s a nice little hike.

The path to Hendrik Point:

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The reverse angle, showing where 4.5 Yelp-star-rated Battery Spencer used to be:

Those people way up there look like little ants, huh?

How Sad: Bronze Statue of Skippy, a Jack Russell Terrier from Sausalito, Gets Melted Down

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

You just can’t leave metal about overnight these days.

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And Now, Your Moment of Zen: Those Crazy Balanced Rocks of Northern San Francisco and Southern Marin

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I’ll tell you, when you travel hither and yon and you tell people that you’re from San Francisco*, what they’ll say in reply is that they visited the 415 and they want to know what kind of glue holds “those crazy rocks from Sausalito” together.

I’m seriously.

Anyway, enjoy:

Via OENVoyage – Click to expand

*Which you know, a lot of people do since saying that is easier than saying the truth: Tracy or Danville or Alamo or San Rafael.

The Sister Villages of Sausalito and San Francisco: A View That Hasn’t Changed Much in 80 Years

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This atypical view of San Francisico with Sausalito in the background makes the 415 look a little like a village – evidence of Manhattanization is all to the left, so all you see is basically the same as what you would have seen in the 1930′s.

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World’s Ugliest Super Yacht Graces Sausalito Today – From Russia With Love

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Elizabeth Lesly Stevens takes note of the World’s Ugliest Super Yacht moored off of Sausalito today.

Seems that 38-year-old Russian multibillionaire Andrey Melnichenko is making a run up California’s coast – he was down at Heast Castle just yesterday.

This is what she looks like:

Via Wadgey – click to expand

And this is where she’s at right now, per Boating SF. Can you see that little green arrow?

Why not go out and take a look right now?

Did Sausalito Install Bicycle Signs That Contradict the California Vehicle Code?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The answer is no. But check out this issue over at the StreetsBlog SF, where advocacy meets journalism, and decide for yourself.

Now, did Sausalito install signs that advance someone’s interpretation of the California Vehicle Code?

Yes, yes it did.

The view from the bike path on the main drag of tiny Sausalito right outside all the ice cream shops downtown. (Nature is never too far away in Marin, even in the cities)

 

Now, is it illegal for Sausalito to put up fishy-looking signs wherever it wants? No se, don’t know.
 
(People put up official-looking signs all over in San Francisco, check out Sixth and Market for some examples if you want. Mostly, these signs get ignored, mostly.)

Now, if I had to sum up CVC 21202 in four words, it’d be, “Bikes to the right.” Of course there are exceptions to this rule, check it:

21202

(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.”
 
You don’t need to be a lawyer to have an opinion on this relatively simple issue. (Of course there are other code sections that can be contradictory – the CVC can be kind of a mess, but oh well.)
 
Anyway, the Powers That Be are looking into all the new Single File In Bike Lane signs up north – let’s look forward to another report about how this develops.
 
Stay safe!