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And you can’t ride your bike through the parking lot neither, but I do that all the time.
Oh Fell Street DMV, will you ever win?
Looks as if we got our weekly Tuesday Noon Siren Test in early when some of San Francisco’s emergency sirens went off today at 3:45PM to … mark the end of Sunday Streets Chinatown?
Take a look:
“The siren signified the end of Sunday Streets this week in Chinatown. We apologize for any concern.”
So more than just the one siren went off and that was the mistake?
Why should our City Family be horsing around with the emergency sirens in the first place?
So we should call them San Francisco’s Emergency/End of Sunday Streets sirens?
Anyway, it sounded like this:
“A siren from San Francisco’s Outdoor Public Warning System sounded at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, but a City Twitter account stated that the siren was activated accidentally.”
And here comes Johnny-come-lately AlertSF.org:
“The sirens were activated citywide inadvertently this afternoon. There is no emergency in San Francisco.
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.
“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…
Don’t you think it’s time for you to join WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee’s somewhat corrupt “City Family?”
Sure, why not?
You’ll get to share beer (or rather, steal beer or rather, actually, IRL, pour out beer) with San Francisco’s lovely citizens:
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And after a while you’ll get to show potential recruits the intricacies of law enforcement.
Now, I’m not saying that this application process is easy, not at all.*
But I am saying that this might be for you:
“Northern Station Newsletter
Captain Ann Mannix
August 25, 2011 #11-36
Finally, we are going to start actively hiring new police officers, starting the application process tomorrow. If interested please log onto www.jobaps.sf and create an applicant account which then allows you to apply for the position of entry level police officer. For further information on the position go to www.sfpdcareers.com. On-line applications will be accepted for one week or until we receive 2500 applications. If you have any interest I would encourage you to apply.”
*Like, just try to get the those links to work – that’ll be a test of how motivated you are. Figure it out, find a way to apply before they get 2500 aps.
“Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
Posted Date: 7/19/2011
As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.
Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.
The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.
No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”
[Someday, somebody will learn me why we call Central Street Central Avenue - I'll bet, in some areas, it's just a skosh wider than its siblings like Lyon or Baker, or maybe there were grander plans for this nothingburger street at some point...]
Get up to speed here on how some jackhole in the North of Panhandle Area part of the Western Addition painted white marks on Central Avenue so that each parker had a regulation 20 feet or something of room. They looked like capital “T’s” to me.
As is typical with neighborhood activists who don’t know what the frack they’re doing, the neighborhood activist who painted the marks didn’t know what the frack he (and it must have been a he, am I right girlfriend?) was doing.
Anyway, you can see the result – appears as if DPW applied paint thinner to each of the T’s yesterday, thusly:
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Now, here’s the Minority Report. Let’s say somebody in government wants to put parking meters on each and every residential block in San Francisco. Would that person have DPW or someplace put the parking marks down as a test to see how parkers responded? If such a test lasted three months, would the marks come off on the last day of a quarter, like March 31st, something like that? Uh oh…
Or, these were marks put down by aliens for the coming invasion, ala M. Night Shamalan’s Signs movie? (The secret to stopping the spread of aliens is water, but it’s unknown at this point how to stop the SFMTA from metastasizing…)
Either way, with these last two theories, all’s I can say is courage.
Let’s hope it was just a NIMBY…
(Turns out that the second book from famous pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III won’t be about poetry, contrary to rumours.)
Anyway, as you’ll soon see, he is the 415′s #1 Segway Proclaimer.
Here he is on the mean Streets of San Francisco. He’s all over town on this thing. He’s become an icon:
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Anyway, he’s making it work for him as a daily driver, as a substitute for a car or bike.
Read all about it, after the jump
Them cans is connected to the E-Meter, don’t you know?
Now I can’t tell you how much these E-Meters cost to manufacture, but the mark-up on them is huge – some Scientologists pay thousands and thousands of dollars for ‘em.
You want stress? Try recruiting strangers into your religion in front of the Old Navy Flagship store while dodging the cops. That must be some stress, baby.
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Anyway, you’ve been warned…
We’ve had more U.S.S. Independences than you can shake a stick at over the centuries, but this one is the one we had during the bulk of WWII. She came straight out of Joisey in ’42 and survived The Pacific War only to get blowed up with atomic bombs during testing at South Pacific locales like Bikini Atoll in 1946.
Then after, after the big atomic kaboom at Bikini. Ouch:
Anyway, instead of sinking, the Independence kept on floating so the Navy towed her right to Hunters Point in south San Francisco. Now, let’s let Lisa Davis(?) of SF Weekly take over – here’s her bit from all the way back in aught-one.
So there you go. Most likely, this old-school baby aircraft carrier is down there resting with a cargo of nuclear waste not too far from our Farallon Islands, radiating away.
Well, it’s on. Nissan’s Drive Electric Tour is on is San Francisco all this week until Sunday, November 28th, 2010.
This is what it’s like.
Nissan was going to let people drive around SoMA on real streets but then they found about the bay area’s horrible drivers, so that idea got cancelled. They’ll let you do laps in the ballroom as consolation.
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I found the steering to be extremely light, but that’s just me, some people like the way the Leaf steers.
See you there!
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