Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

The Goats of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

You know, your more urban part of GGP, and of course this is a Pontiac, a kind of Tempest, aka Gran Turismo Omologato, aka Grand Tempest Option. And as Wiki recalls for us, “it had become known in the youth market as the ‘goat.'”

As seen through the giant trees of the Panhandle:

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But if you want to see a real goat in GGP, well just look the other direction, maybe you’ll see more evidence of the goats as pets movement:

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Irate-Appearing, Window-Slapping Road Biker vs. Mercedes Benz Station Wagon on 7th Avenue : You Make The Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Here we go, southbound uphill on 7th Ave near Lawton (or Kirkham, one of those).

Oh, Gentle Reader, I almost def. have more experience (in terms of hours, decades, miles, younameit) both riding bikes and driving cars on these Streets of San Francisco than this emo roadie, but is this such a tough sitch to call anyway? I’ll say I’m 99% sure that the Mercedes driver noticed the backup lights on that parked car and was queuing up for a chance to take over that space:

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So what’s the reaction? Whatsamatta you hand gestures and a left-hand window slap:

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And then, the look back, always with the look-back. (Bad car drivers do the same thing.)

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So, where should this driver have waited? In the middle of the car lane? IDK the answer to that, but some might feel that way.

To me, well, I would have gone around the wagon on its left, I would have “taken the lane,” if only briefly.

Just saying…

71 Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Over the 94117 – The Most I’ve Ever Seen – A Squawky Bunch

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Think my previous personal best was 46, over J-Town.

I counted 71 the other day. It was quite a flock over the Panhandle:

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2005, Over Telegraph Hill:

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A Mystery Resolved – Or, How the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reverse Commute to the Sunset Daily

Monday, September 25th, 2017

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, as seen a while back:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / Financial District area.

I went looking for them about a dozen years ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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Seems they reside in the north and east of Frisco, but they reverse commute south and west, for food, I assumed.

And here you have it – the fruits of the Inner Sunset and also the berries of Forest Hill

I figured it was something like this, and now, after 12 years, I see that it’s so…

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

Les Avenues de la Résistance: Sunset District Sez: “LOCK THEM UP,” “NOT MY PRESIDENT,” and “RESIST”

Monday, September 11th, 2017

DJT is having a tough time Out West in our relatively conservative West of Twin Peaks area:

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As seen over le weekend:

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If You’re Not Using SFGov Property to Promote Your Business Venture, You’re Missing Out – Here’s Harrison Mills & Clayton Knight of Seattle – ODESZA, ODESZA…

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Here’s our Sunset District as it looked over the weekend. IDK how many of these green utility boxes got hit, but the number could be high based upon what I saw:

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One after the other on the (not Los Angeles-related) Sunset Boulevard:

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Uh, you can’t do this in Frisco, right?

The Joys of Watching a Self-Driving UBER Volvo Cautiously Make Its Way Down Irving in The Sunset

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Here we go, Irving Street on a dreaded sunny day in the Middle Sunset or the Inner Sunset or the Outer Sunset – I’ve heard this nabe described as all three:

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This area is a tad less difficult for a poorly-developed robot car to drive on than, say, Clement in the Inner Richmond, but there are plenty of bad pedestrians and illegal parkers on this part of Irving as well of course.

This seemed a touch early to be halfway through the intersection, given the position of these peds:

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And it was hard to tell what this Volvo was thinking after seeing it go for a few blocks.

Like IMO, this start was a bit abrupt, as if the driver dozed off for a few seconds and then all of a sudden woke up and said let’s go let’s go:

You know what, I’m think that this triple brake push at a four-way stop is an indication of something not being kosher. I cry foul.

And you know, when I teach people how to drive, I emphasize the importance of creeping a little bit at first to show others intent – like all right, I’m going now. This rushed start didn’t match the otherwise cautious, deliberate conduct.

Of course, this UBER drives better than most on the Streets of San Francisco.

Our Sunset District, on a Dreaded Sunny Day – The Specialness of Sunset Specials

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

On a Clear Day/ You Can See 39th Avenue:

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Now, let’s use the pejorative phrase Sunset Special in a sentence:

As people start families priorities change. Being close to the densest urban parts of SF starts to fade as a priority. Schools, safe streets, backyards with enough room for kids to play and homes larger than the typical Sunset special become higher priorities.

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Your View of the Farallon Islands from Inside the 3.5-Starred Charlie Sava Pool Way Out There in the Sunset

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On a clear day, you can see the world’s most mouse-infested island from 19th Avenue:

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I was there at Sava during its kickoff back in aught-nine – this place was a money-no-object kind of thing, so I’m kind of surprised it’s only rated 3.5 on the Yelp scale.

Our Golden Gate Park is Nothing But an Advertising Opportunity for Some Local realtors

Monday, May 1st, 2017

As you can see:

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This is firmly inside of GGP, on MLK, not that far from Lincoln, way out there on the West Side.

Does our RPD have an advertising policy for GGP? IDK, but I doubt that this ad is kosher.

(The word realtor should never be capitalized. IMO. The people responsible for advertising here in GGP are agents and/or brokers and maybe realtors or not, but prolly there’s a realtor involved somewhere along the line.)

In closing, I’ve never seen this in GGP, in all my years. Tsk tsk, area realtors.