Posts Tagged ‘smoking’

LONDON CALLING! 4/20 Day 2014 Coming This Easter Sunday – Haight-Ashbury Supervisor London Breed Wants a Crackdown

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!

And now, let’s hear from London Breed:

“April 16, 2014

Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury

This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.

Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.

I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.

San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.

 There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.

 Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.

 Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.

 Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays. 

If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.

LONDON N. BREED

City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630

Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org

Assignment Desk: Just How Fake was the Recent Episode of “Mystery Diners” Taped at Chapeau! on Clement in the Richmond?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I’m saying very fake, or mostly fake.

Last year, Michael Bauer had the Inside Scoop on the recent Mystery Diners fiasco up at Chapeau! on Clement Street in the Inner Richmond:

“It was halfway into our anniversary dinner when things turned for the worst, as the camera crew from Mystery Diners rushed through the dining room with lights and mikes to catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t have that cable TV so I can’t actually watch all the fakery, but here’s a quite gullible writer on the topic over at Examiner.Com.

I’m auspicious of this whole deal, I tell you.

Oh, EaterSF has this:

This is scripted. This would never really happen in Philippe’s restaurant. I live down the street and go there.”

So, have at it, MSM. Philippe himself prolly would have contractual reasons to tell you to go to Hell, but there are other ways of getting a scoop…

Oh, and SFWeekly had this to say about this particular TV series a few years back

In short, I call shenanigans.

Don’t You Wish You Had Your Own State-Approved Smoking Tent, Like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Used To Have?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

I bet you’d love to have your very own smoking tent. One that’s large enough to be seen from outer space, right?

Well then you should envy California Governor Arnold Schwazenegger ’cause this beige smoking tent used to be all his.

As seen from the second floor of Sacramento’s Capitol Building:

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Best of all, it was excluded from California’s new anti-smoking laws because, well, just because.

And if there was the occasional flooding in our historic capitol due to all the fake plastic grass that was put down, well, that was all right as well.

This was the bird’s eye view:

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Happy smoking, Arnie!

Yes, whether it be cigars…

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…or marijuana, like back in the day…

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Smoking some sweet aparteid weed in South AfricaPumping Iron, 1977

happy smoking, Arnold!

Haight Ashbury Street Festival Cavalcade of Photos

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Well it’s the morning of the second Sunday of June, so that means it’s almost time for the Haight Ashbury Street Festival.

Lets take a look at some photos from recent years.

Look up…

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…and down…

…and all around:

From Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:

Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:

From famous David Yu:

From Brian Brooks

And here’s one from Chris Witte:

There’s a feeling I get/

when I look to the West…

…and the East…

…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.

At least the Yelpers like Frank:

This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:

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And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:

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You know who loves the Haight Street Fair? Parole agents

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A mass of humanity:

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Hookahs! Get your hookahs!  It’s Hookahs.com

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A dancing baby grooving on Haight Street:

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Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad.

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Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.

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Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi on the scene

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Poorbot looking for handouts:

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“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.

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You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus

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And There You Have It.

World-Famous Frank Chu Invites YOU to the 36th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair – Starts at 11:30 AM Today

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

He told me he’s hoping for a big turnout this year at the 2013 Haight Ashbury Street Fair.

Srsly.

And if that’s not enough of an invite for you, then consider this, from Amy Stephenson of uppercasing, the UPPER HAIGHT BLOG:

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And here’s Frank on Haight Street IRL, sort of:

In context:

And close up:

And, in closing, here’s what Frank had to say back in the day:

ALMA
12 GALAXIES
TRIGOGONIC SCANDAL
PBS NEWS HOUR: BILLIONAIRE
DECTROGONIC
SKEPTICAL
PREEMPTIVE MISCREANTS
NICKERSON
12 GALAXIES
QUADROGONIC HIBERNATION[S]
ECONOMIST
TECHNIGONIC
EXACERBATED CHARISMATIC
ABERRATIONS
CRONKITE
12 GALAXIES
VIXTREXONICUL STEROIDS
PBS: YASKRERUNITOL COVERAGE
PSYCHROZENIKUL
DILIGENT TRIVIALIZING
OPTHAMOLOGISTS
WHOOLEY
12 GALAXIES
PSYCHROZENICAL DISSENSIONS
ABC: ILTROKETCAL COVERAGE
STALTZORXUNIKEL
PREINCARNATE AGNOSTICISM
GNOSTICISM
HEISLEY
12 GALAXIES
AGOZANICAL EXORCISTS
NBC: ILTRUXONIKEL COVERAGE
COXGARONICIL
EVOCATIVE PALATIMILL
MESOTHELIOMA
BRIDGEPOINTE
12 GALAXIES
MUROTUNIXEL REPERCUSSIONS (sic)
KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL
PSOKITENUCOL
COMMEMORATIVE CONTENTIOUS
EXHORTATIONS
TROSKY
12 GALAXIES
ALPHOGONIC POLICE BRUTALITY
ABC NEWS: UP FRONT
ZENOGONIC
BOISTEROUS INSINUATED
ATTRITIONS
CLEMENS
12 GALAXIES
XASKOZETICUL DIPLOMACY
PBS: YUXTROTONIKEL COVERAGE
WEXKORHYTORIC
EXTEMPORANEOUS IMPUGNING
CARNIVORES
SHEFFIELD
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QUINTRONIC GENOCIDES
CNN HEADLINE NEWS
SEXOTRONIC
METICULOUS
INCINERATED APPROPRIATIONS
BRIDGEPOINTE
12 GALAXIES
MUROTUNIKEL REPERCUSSIONS
KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL
PSOKITENUCOL
CUMBERSOME CONTENTIOUS EMULATIONS
IMPEACH FAIRMOUNT
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Guiltied
WITH QUADROLOGICAL
Rocket STATIONS
MASSACHUSETTS
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QUINTRONIC CRIMINALS
TIME MAGAZINE: STAR,
HEXTROTRONIC
OSCILLATING
EBULLIENT INOCULATIONS
CARLSTADT
12 GALAXIES
BOTRUKONITEL RACISM
KDTV: FEXTROTANIKUL COVERAGE
GAMMATUNOKEL
EXTRATERRESTRIAL
PETAFIABLE ABDICATIONS
GEPHARDT
12 GALAXIES
QUOKLOCHITICIL DETRIMENTATIONS
KICU: DICHUKITECHAL COVERAGE
ULKUKATICHOL
ESCHATOLOGICAL
CONTEMPLATED AGNOSTICS
MEDTOX
12 GALAXIES
BETATRONIC CONSTANTANEOUSED
GRAND THEFT
AGAINST THE UNIVERSE
ZEGNATRONIC
HYDROGEN COUNTER PARTS
  • March 2005
NORDEN
12 GALAXIES
JOXKRORADICUL EPIPHANY
NBC: GAXKROZETICAL COVERAGE
KEXTROCRETICAL
SANCTITY PROSPERITY
DILIGENCE
  • May 2005
SCHKADE
12 GALAXIES
BEXCROLETIKUL UNJUSTICES
BBC: KOTROPREDICAMENTED COVERAGE
ZEKGROPENTIAL
ERUPTED DASTARDLY
ELATIONS
  • September 2005
HENDRICKSON
12 GALAXIES
KYDROMENICOL IMMINENCE
ABC:WETROMETICULUS COVERAGE
NUKROHENICAL
EGOTISTICAL ATTONEMENTS
ETERNITY

Where Will YOU Be on 420 Day? In Golden Gate Park or at 420 Day Street in Noe Valley? Plus, an Awesome Vapor Cloud Photo

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Golden Gate Park be getting all crowded these days on annual 420 Day, so why not head on down to Noe Valley and light up at 4:20 PM at 420 Day Street instead?

The neighbors will welcome you interloping potheads with open arms. I’m sure!

Actually, Noe Valley is the locus of NIMBY – it’s filled with asshole millionaire homeowners and concomitant neighbor feuding.

Here it is, 420 Day, or close enough. Check out the comically large Planning Commission NOTICE OF HEARING notice on the front gate and the comically small recycling bin out front. (No black garbage can? A point of pride, I’m sure)

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Oh, here we go, here’s real 420 Day, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.

That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:

An excellent capture from world-famous Broke-Ass Stuart.

All right, Happy 420 Day 2013!

OMG, Dallis Willard Goes There with Another Arresting Photo from the Streets of San Francisco: “Breather”

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Once again, it’s Scissor FightSan Francisco’s best Tumblr, pound for pound and post for post.

Walk-ins welcome:

 

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Can Your Aging Mercedes Leave a Trail of Blue Smoke a Hundred Yards Long? Well, THIS One Can!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

[UPDATE: This might be a gasoline-powered 230S, if that’s even possible. My bad. If anybody in town has an unusual euro-only Mercedes, it’s this guy. It might even have a manual transmission.]

Old Mercedes diesels* might be really slow, and they might emit more particulates than a fleet of new cars, and they might get converted to run on french fry grease, but…

The most cartoonish cloud of smoke coming from a car exhaust I’ve ever seen:

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…they will never die. 

And here’s the thing – old diesels are exempt from California’s annual smog check program.

That’s a giant loophole big enough that you could drive a big old honking Mercedes Benz diesel through.

Hurray!

I’ve only been a Benz owner for less than a year now. However, I’m beginning to think that stamping out smoke on these 616s is like trying to rid your yard comletely of dandelions – it’s a fool’s errand.

I’ve had my IP rebuilt, rolled in a new timing chain, and had the valve seals replaced all within the last 6 months. Injectors are also new and the valves were adjusted when the seals were replaced. Fuel filters and fuel lines are also new and all fluids are fresh. The only differences between mine and yours are that I have lower compression and I use perhaps a 1/2 quart of oil in 2,000 miles.

Despite this, I still have some smoke. There’s a hint of whitish smoke on cold idle at start up and a bit of black smoke when I get on the throttle or climb steep hills.

I have another set of injectors that I had rebuilt and will install them in due course. I’ll also rebuild the vacuum pump as a preventative measure. But after that, this game of “whack a mole” has to end.

There is one good thing to come from all this work, however. My engine sounds silky smooth. No knocking, no nailing, and no hicccups. The only underhood sounds you hear are the clickity click of fuel injectors popping and the combustion inside the engine. So long as this continues to be the case and my oil consumption doesn’t increase, I should consider everything else to be inconsequential.”

*Pray that this particular old Mercedes is a diesel. ‘Cause otherwise this rig prolly needs to get oil added on a daily basis…

What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park: SFPD Checking for Open Containers in the Panhandle

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Open containers of alcohol, that is.

It looks exactly like this – note the bottle of Jack:

Oh, and there’s a “no smoking” law here as well, if you catch my drift, man.

All’s I’m saying is that the cops don’t enjoy this exercise neither.

So why not do as they want and just put your booze in a giveaway plastic water bottle?

Like this:

Now you’re protecting your juice AND making the cops happy.

This concludes What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park

The Open-Air Employee Lounge of Michelin-Starred One Market Restaurant

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Stuart near Market, right across the street from Justin Herman Plaza:

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