This is what you see as you walk in the front door of America’s First Urban Costco – hundreds and hundreds of new-school down jackets.
‘Cause it’s August:
IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:
I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.
Here’s Captain John:
Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:
So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.
So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…
…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…
…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…
…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.
I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.
So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:
And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.
You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.
This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.
Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.
Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…
…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:
These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?
And there’s your trip:
So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.
And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.
If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.
This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.
All the deets:
“Deliver for FastBite! Flexible Hours! (SOMA / south beach)
Are you looking for a fun and reliable job? Do you love delicious food? We want you on our team!
FastBite is a new startup in San Francisco that is changing the way people order food. Customers can get pizza slices and other popular menu items delivered within minutes straight from their mobile phone. We’re looking for enthusiastic team members to help us deliver happy customers!
Pay: $16 per hour
Location: San Francisco
Hours: Any and all combinations of the hours below. You pick your days!
Weekday Dinner (6pm – 10pm) AND/OR
Weekend Dinner (6pm – 10pm)
– MUST know how to check texts, email, use internet, and use maps on a smart phone
– Be smiley and personable
– Have a bicycle and easy access to the city
– Be excited about food!
– Have a clean appearance…”
Good luck with this one!
(Hourly wage? Who knows…)
Position Type: Event Staff
Tour guides are responsible for conducting tours of the ballpark, as well as representing the Giants organization in a enthusiastic and professional manner.
Guide public and private group tours of the ballpark throughout the calendar year
Provide a favorable experience for all visitors and guests
Learn the facts and figures of the ballpark and tour routes
Adhere to ballpark policies and procedures
Additional responsiblities as assigned by Director of Guest Services and Tours
Able to interact, entertain and engage a wide variety of visitors and guests, of all ages and interests
Able to walk long distances, stand for long periods of time and climb flights of stairs
Able to retain information as well as comprehensively relaying it in a creative and energetic way
Able to manage and control large groups while moving them through various areas of the ballpark
Previous experience working in customer service, hospitality or working with large groups are a plus
Fluent in English language, second language helpful in communication with visiting public
Evening and weekend hours are required for this position
Speaking as somebody with more hours, years, decades and miles on bikes in San Francisco County than any SFMTA Livable Streets person or SFMTA Project Manager or, really, anybody at the sainted SFMTA (with the possible exception of one or two $25 an hour interns that they might have recently hired on), many times what the SFMTA calls an IMPROVEMENT actually doesn’t turn out to be an improvement.
But at that point, the SFMTA becomes seemingly powerless to fix its mistakes, oh well.
Anyway, the project manager behind this effort doesn’t care – all s/he cares about is pushing this thing through. If the project gets approved, that’s success and if it doesn’t, that’s failure. It’s as simple as that.
Oh well. I’ll check out this situation next time I’m down there
All the deets:
“The SoMa area is experiencing rapid residential and commercial growth, and is poised to be among the neighborhoods with the highest bicycle ridership in San Francisco. With bicycling increasing as a means of transportation in SoMa and throughout the city, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is working with the community to increase the safety and comfort of city streets for people biking, while also better organizing our city’s roadways for all modes of travel.
Currently, people bicycling eastbound on Folsom Street must navigate a difficult segment between 2nd and 1st streets where they are forced to ride in a narrow bike lane sandwiched between lanes of vehicle traffic and merge with freeway-bound vehicles.
To enhance bicycle safety and better organize the roadway, the SFMTA proposes to move the Folsom bike lane curbside to eliminate the need for people bicycling to merge with heavy volumes of freeway bound vehicles. The agency will also install a dedicated bicycle traffic signal at the Essex Street intersection to separate through bicyclists from right-turning vehicles and special markings to provide clear direction on where motorists can expect bicyclists to be riding.
Realigning the bikeway will require the removal of seven metered parking spaces on the south side of Folsom Street just east of 2nd Street.
A public hearing on this project will be held on Friday, June 20th at 10:00 AM in City Hall, Room 416.
Please contact Ellen Robinson of the SFMTA at (415) 701-4322 or Ellen.Robinson@sfmta.com with any questions or comments.”
“I am writing to let you and the SBRMBNA know about an improvement to the city’s bike network planned for the Folsom Street between 1st and 3rd streets. The bike lane on this stretch has multiple jogs where eastbound bicyclists and freeway-bound motorists must weave. SFMTA proposes to remedy this by moving the bike lane curbside between 2nd and Essex, with a new bike traffic signal to manage the Folsom/Essex intersection. The project will require removing seven metered parking spaces on Folsom Street. There is a public hearing for this change on Friday, June 20th, for which we have placed postings in the project vicinity. The attached flyer provides a summary of the project and details on the public hearing. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Ellen Robinson, PE
SFMTA Livable Streets
1 S Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103″