Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Pier 80 is Now Known for Being a Homeless Shelter, But 5 Years Ago, It Was Home to This SCUD Launcher – THAAD, North Korea and Us

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

This was the view we had of Dogpatch / Pier 80 a few years back:

Basically, that’s an old Marine Corps junior aircraft carrier that would get towed annually to Kauai, Hawaii to launch SCUD-like missiles for testing of Lockheed Martin’s now-famous THAAD missile defense system.

And here’s the news of the day, in early 2016:

China warns South Korea that deploying THAAD missile system would trigger a Cold War-like arms race

Yeah, maybe. Is THAAD a good idea for the Korean Peninsula? I have no idea. But, this is recent Bay Area military history, which there’s not too much of these days.

I’d wondered about this vessel since I first noticed it back in aught-seven. Read all about it:

From 2013:

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

 

From 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill.

Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

And from 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

Know Your Japantown Holidays: “Unagi Eel Day,” July 24th – It’s Hot, So Let’s Eat Fatty Seafood

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Parts of Webster and parts of Post are nice and flat, so the intersection of these streets is a kind of crossroads for lazy people who like avoiding unnecessarily arduous hill-climbing in the Western Addition. Anywho, this is where you’ll discover the Good News of Eel Day:

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I first read this as a reference to 24-7, but no, it’s just another excuse from Nijiya Market for you to buy and consume freshwater eels:

About the Ushinohi ‘Eel Day’ Custom
In modern-day Japan, most everyone eats unagi on the Doyo-no-ushi-no-hi (土用の丑の日). This year it is on July 24th, but it occurs one day between mid-July and the beginning of August. The simple explanation why is that this is the hottest time of the year and as unagi has lots of nutritional value and fat content, it gives you the umph to not wilt in the blazing, steamy summer heat.

The More You Know…

SFMTA MUNI Bus Stop Ad Mocks Other SFMTA MUNI Ads: “EAT24 – THE #1 WAY TO TELL HUNGER TO SHUT THE FUCK UP” – EAT24

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

So let’s see how haha this is to you, Gentle Reader.

Here’s a typical public service ad at a SFMTA stop in the Western Addition:

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You see them at about this time of year, fine.

Comes now “Eat24,” also seen in the Western A on the same day, to say:

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OK fine, Eat24.

So haha, I guess.

It’s Time Once Again for the FISHERMAN’S WHARF JOB FAIR – Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Will YOU have a job when the summer wind, comes blowing in, from across the sea?

Fisherman’s Wharf Job Fair

Looking for seasonal, part time or permanent employment? Then please join us for our annual Job Fair where you will have the opportunity to meet with over 20 local companies, all currently hiring for the summer season!

Saturday, March 21st

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

555 Chestnut Street, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center

Participants include (but not limited to) the following companies:

Aquarium of the Bay

Ben & Jerrys

Bubba Gumps

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Gray Line of San Francisco

Madame Tussauds

San Francisco Dungeon

Red & White Fleet

3 Potato 4

& More

Positions include: (but not limited to)

Security Officers

Maintenance Technician

Marina Maintenance Worker

Customer Service Agent

Ticket Agents

Hosts

Class B Bus Driver

Actors

Tour Guides

Servers

Christmas Tableau, Costco, Summer 2014

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Stay Frosty!

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August in Frisco: Costco #144 Knows Its Customer Base – It’s Selling Thousands of Down Jackets Right at the Front Door

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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:

Corvette Summer, 94117 – The Fastest Way to Get Around SF is in a Brand-New Corvette with Free Parking Privileges

Friday, August 1st, 2014

See? Cause when you get to your destination, you want to park right away, right?

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America’s Cup 2014, Spreckles Lake – But Without the Death and Destruction and Cheating and the Eight-Figure Expense

Monday, July 7th, 2014

San Francisco hosting the America’s Cup  in 2013 was a giant failure.

Repito: La Copa América Fue Un Fracaso Gigante.

San Francisco hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024 (if it happens, which isn’t at all likely), will, similarly, be a giant failure.

A Baby Bird Jumps for Joy at the Prospect of Food from Mama in Golden Gate Park

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The paved part of Golden Gate Park:

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Tiny Raptor Struggles to Stay Warm During Typical Francisco San Summer – Standing on One Leg in the Western Addition

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

This critter is probably too small to eat a mouse, but insects are good I’m sure.

Anyway, standing on just one leg helps it stay warm on a blustery evening:

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