Posts Tagged ‘tahoe’


Monday, September 21st, 2015

Ah let’s head back to nature. Do you see – it’s hard to spot:

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This is better:

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Here we go, at the bottom – there’s a clear shot:

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And then, back to its master:

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Are drones legal in California State Parks like 4.5 starred Emerald Bay?

Sure, for now.

That’s good, ’cause people be flying drones all over the place these days. (You’ll hear them before you see them, most likely. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…)

Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn: Nothing But White People? – Interesting Photo – Gavin Newsom Founder/Partner

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

1. Here’s your challenge – find anybody at Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn who isn’t white white white.

(MARIA: Sherman? SHERMAN: Yes, Maria. MARIA Where are all the white people? SHERMAN: Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn!)

2. And what are we supposed to be looking at here?

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Just asking…

Many San Francisco Cars Prevented from Parking on Lincoln Out in the Sunset: “NO PARKING VEHICLES OVER 6′ HIGH” Signs

Friday, June 20th, 2014

So this sign is a real thing but I don’t know what its purpose is.

It would appear to prevent something like Mayor Gavin Newsom’s old Chevy Tahoe SUV from parking on Lincoln:

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A mystery

Harsh: North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus Mock the Richmond District for Being Foggy in the Summer – Billboard Ads – Snarky!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

As seen on Geary (east of Arguello in the Inner Inner Richmond, which some don’t consider to be in The Richmond at all fair ‘nough.)

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Direct your unfocused rage here.

A California License Plate That Reads “SQUAW?” – Didn’t Oprah Say That Word Means “Vagina?” Yep – Is This Offensive or Not?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I’ll tell you, the chances of some part of America, like the lake behind a new dam, getting named squaw-anything are about nil these days.

Check it.

But naming your aging Audi “SQUAW?”

Well that’s A-OK:

Remember, Oprah believes this word means vagina.


Icebreaker, That Upscale Merino Wool Designer Where Orlando Bloom Buys His Underwear, Opens in San Francisco

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

[UPDATE – Here’s the official spiel:

“Icebreaker makes Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and Lifestyle apparel from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It’s non-itch, easy to wash, lightweight, versatile, easily packable and no-stink (because merino is naturally anti-mircrobrial, you can wear it for days ow weeks without a wash).

Sustainability has been part of Icebreaker’s ethos since the start. It has strict animal welfare and farm standards, and has a traceability program (called “Baacode”) that enables people to use a unique code sewn inside their garment to trace the fiber back to the sheep stations that grew it all the way through its supply chain.”

And OMG, it’s “Ramotaur” and “Nature Girl” on the streets of SF:

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And one last thing:

Ramotar will be appearing next weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12/2-12/4, 12pm-3pm, fliers in key SF locales, Union Square, Embarcadero, Ferry Building, etc. Also Friday and Saturday, 12/9-12/10, 12pm-3pm in the same locales.

O.K. then.]

So Icebreaker is that fashionable merino wool store from New Zealand where actor Orlando Bloom goes shopping for woolens

sometimes along with his gf, model Miranda Kerr:

Well guess what, this was the week that Icebreaker opened its first “TouchLab” store in Northern California. It’s down at 170 Post in Union Square.


OMG, is that a wool chandelier?

All right, find out about the landlord, Grosvenor Americas, after the jump.

See you there!


OMG, It’s the “Icebreaker” Pop-Up Store from New Zealand! Get “Merino Wool Adventure Apparel” Starting Nov. 21 in Union Square

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I know some people who have been just waiting for this kind of thing from Icebreaker, that fashion dahling of the Hahvard Business Review.

Best of all, each piece of clothing comes with its own Baacode, so ewe can trace your purchase back to the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

All the deets here, and below.

Who’ll win this one? She has the reach but his posture tells you he wants it more:

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“Icebreaker Brings a Touch of New Zealand to the Heart of San Francisco – New Zealand merino wool apparel company’s first San Francisco store will launch November 21, prior to the grand opening of a full build-out in March 2012

Wellington, New Zealand (7 November 2011) – Icebreaker, the New Zealand company that pioneered the merino wool adventure apparel category, today announced it would “break the ice” in San Francisco with the opening of a retail store in San Francisco on November 21, 2011, just in time for the holidays. The Icebreaker store will be located at 170 Post Street, between Grant and Kearny Streets, just one block from Union Square.

San Franciscans will be in introduced to Icebreaker in two phases. The 1600 square foot location’s initial iteration will feature the complete Icebreaker line, showcasing its Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and City collections, all made from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

In March 2012 the space will be fully built-out as a “TouchLab” store. A TouchLab store enables shoppers to touch Icebreaker raw merino fiber, as well as the various weights of apparel Icebreaker makes, and experience the pleasure of pure, soft, breathable merino, which offers instant warmth, coolness in the summer, is sun safe and antimicrobial and can be machine washed.

“People in San Francisco love the outdoors and have a great appreciation for nature and natural products, so this area is the perfect location for our newest TouchLab,” said Jeremy Moon, Icebreaker’s founder and CEO. “San Franciscans are our ideal customer: savvy shoppers who appreciate apparel that looks as fantastic as it performs.

“Icebreaker is perfect for the Bay Area climate. Merino wool performs beautifully anywhere, be it on the slopes of Tahoe, during a bike ride through Wine Country or on a summer evening in the city.”
Natural, sustainably produced Icebreaker merino regulates body temperature in all climates, is highly breathable to prevent the clamminess associated with synthetics, and protects wearers from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also no stink, resisting odour and wearable for days – sometimes weeks – without washing.

Icebreaker opened its flagship TouchLab store in New York City in December 2010 and also has TouchLab stores on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon (home of its US headquarters) and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It also has a TouchLab in Montréal, Canada. The Icebreaker San Francisco pop-up store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 8p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., (415) 399-9615.

“New Zealand’s merinos produce a wool that has a very fine diameter, which makes it soft and breathable yet with high insulation value for warmth.”
– TIME magazine

“The thin construction leverages wool’s breathability and natural wicking properties, so you don’t suffocate when a run heats up.”
– Runner’s World

“It wicks like a champ and is as comfortable as cotton.”
– Backpacker magazine

Icebreaker Clothing
Launched in 1994, Icebreaker was the first company in the world to develop a merino fibre layering system for the outdoors. It was also the first outdoor apparel company in the world to source merino directly from growers, a system it began in 1997. The Icebreaker apparel system includes underwear, mid layer garments, outerwear, socks and accessories. There are outdoor, technical and lifestyle categories, each with its own specific fabrics and design details. Icebreaker is sold in more than 3000 stores in 43 countries.Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Icebreaker uses only pure merino handpicked from 140 high country stations in the country’s Southern Alps to create adventure clothing for women, men and kids that combines nature’s work with human technology and design. The company is committed to sustainability, ethical manufacturing and animal welfare. In 2008 the company launched “Icebreaker Baacode,” a pioneering supply chain transparency and traceability program. Each Icebreaker includes a unique Baacode, which enables customers to trace the garment online from rearing the sheep through to each stage of the supply chain process.”

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Former V8 SUV Limousine: It’s Now Working Undercover for the SFPD?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

That’s what you might conclude after seeing a tableau such as this on Market Street:

Seen being driven by a uniformed member of the San Francisco Police Department:

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(Couldn’t tell if there are still holes in the roof from the television antenna installation.)

Or maybe Gavin’s former limo is down in the batcave, fueled up and waiting for the Next Great San Francisco Disaster?

Don’t know…

Does Mayor Newsom’s SUV Have an Engine Larger than Those in the Old CultureBuses?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Yes. Mayor Gavin Newsom‘s official vehicle (or one of the official vehicles, anyway) has an engine with a larger displacement and more power than those in the Culturebuses that used to roam the City.

Here’s the famous SUV, recently seen parked in a bike lane near Golden Gate Park. Note the T.V. antenna (maybe it’s used for other things, but fundamentally, it’s a TV antenna) on top:

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And here’s one of the huge CultureBuses, from a time before the whole program got cancelled:


Does the mayor of San Jose, a nearby town with (unlike S.F.) more than a million people, have a “Mobile Command Vehicle” too? Mmmm.

Oh well.

SF Mayor’s Hybrid SUV is So Heavy it Needs an Exemption to be Legal on Many Streets

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Here it is – the official SUV of the mayor of San Francisco. See it, with umpty-ump “HYBRID” badges and decals? The problem with this heavy vehicle is that if you bought one just like it for yourself, you’d be prohibited from using it on many San Francisco streets under Section 501 of the San Francisco Transportation Code.  


(a)   Prohibition.  Operation of a vehicle with gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the Streets listed in Section 501(b), or the operation of a vehicle with unladen weight in excess of 18,000 pounds on any Street listed in Section 501(c) is a violation of Division I, Section 10.2.36 (Weight Restricted Streets).

(b)   6,000 lbs Limits.  No person shall operate a vehicle of a gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds on the following Streets:

Is your home on a “Weight Restricted Street? Read on to find out. Click to expand:

(1)   25th Street, between Sanchez and Dolores Streets.
(2)   26th Street, between Church and Sanchez Streets.
(3)   27th Street between Douglass and Castro Streets.
(4)   28th Street between Douglass and Diamond Streets.
(5)   29th Street between Diamond and Castro Street.
(6)   34th Avenue between Wawona and Yorba Streets.
(7)   Alabama Street, between Ripley Street and South Precita Avenue.
(8)   Albion Street, between 15th and 17th Streets.
(9)   Alhambra Street, between Scott Street and Cervantes Boulevard.
(10)   Anza Vista Avenue between O’Farrell and Baker Streets.
(11)   Bacon Street between Somerset Street and San Bruno Avenue.
(12)   Baker Street between Terra Vista Avenue and Turk Street.
(13)   Baker Street, between Union Street Avenue and Marina Boulevard…

That’s right, #13 talks about “Union Street Avenue.” Oh well. (See the full list after the jump.)

The problem comes from adding the hybrid stuff weighing 400 pounds to a regular Chevy Tahoe SUV. That pushes the gross weight with the driver and who all else up over three short tons. And that means that this vehicle needs an exemption to be legal on many blocks of S.F.

But we’re in luck. Check out exemption (6) below: Any vehicle owned by the City while being used in the course of official business. That’s the ticket. So let’s review. Your heavy Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid with a saddled up weight of over 6000 lbs. = prohibited on some City streets. The mayor’s exact same model of heavy Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid with a saddled up weight of over 6000 lbs. = not prohibited on any City street.

Now last year, this larger Lincoln SUV was being used by the mayor. It probably also needed the exemption to be legal. (Note the different brands of tires left and right(!?) Can you see how the treads are totally dissimilar? This unorthodox arrangement, the kind of which the Costco tire department wouldn’t even begin to imagine letting you try, was labeled “safe” by one of the mayor’s spinmeisters. O.K. fine.) 

The official SUV the mayor was driven around in last year. Click on the photo to expand and you’ll see the tire treads. Any accident investigator would have found this setup interesting to say the least. Anyway, bygones.

Am I saying it’s agin the law for you to drive your own damn Lincoln Navigator up your own damn street? Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Unless you fit into one of the exemptions below, you are prohibited from driving on the blocks listed after the jump.

Check it out.

(d)   Exemptions.  The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to:
(1)   Any vehicle which is subject to the provisions of Sections 1031 to 1036, inclusive, of the California Public Utilities Code and which has received a certificate from the CPUC pursuant to those Sections declaring that the public necessity and convenience require the operation of the vehicle, provided that the certificate authorizes that vehicle to be operated within the City, and the vehicle is being operated for the purpose authorized in the certificate. This exemption shall not apply to vehicles operated as round-trip sightseeing tour service as defined by the CPUC;
(2)   Any commercial vehicle coming from an unrestricted Street having ingress and egress by direct route to and from that portion of the restricted Streets set forth below, when necessary for the purpose of making pickups of refuse, pickups or deliveries of passengers, goods, wares and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on such restricted Street, or for the purpose of delivering materials or equipment to be used in the actual and bona fide repairs, alteration, remodeling or construction of such restricted Street, or for any building or structure upon such restricted Street for which a building permit has previously been obtained;
(3)   Any vehicle owned by a public utility while in use in the construction, installation or repair of any public utility;
(4)   Transit vehicles operated by the SFMTA along a regularly scheduled route;
(5)   School buses when operated for the transportation of school pupils;
(6)   Any vehicle owned by the City while being used in the course of official business;
(7)   Emergency vehicles.
(SFMTA Bd. Res. No. 08-151, 8/19/2008)

All the deets, after the jump.