Posts Tagged ‘toilets’

Sisters Doing it for Themselves: Trying to Remember Bay to Breakers Before the NIMBYs’ Ban on Nudity

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

[UPDATE: Here's the other shot of these two in action.]

You kids might be too young to remember, but the annual Bay to Breakers footrace used to run wild on the streets.

As here, from back in The Aughts.

At this point, race-leader Caroline Rotich (#2) must have been thinking how different things are here compared with Kenya:

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Ah memories…

Bay to Breakers 100: All You Need to Know – How They Lie About Alcohol Every Year – New Booze Store Map

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Comes now Sam Singer, who gets paid to spread the Party Line about the historic Bay to Breakers Street Party and Fun Run coming up this Sunday:

Bay to Breakers goes dry with new no-alcohol rules”

Now, wasn’t alcohol banned the year before and the year before and the year before? Yep.

So, the new rules aren’t new at all, are they?

So, in 2010, alcohol was banned. In 2009, alcohol was banned. In 2008, alcohol was banned….

And yet:

Via Jean W – Click to expand

Has anybody ever been arrested at a BtoB for alcohol possession? I don’t know, maybe some mouthy minors have. What I’ve seen myself is the SFPD taking away people’s alcohol or making them pour it out. Oh well.

Leave us not forget the “tipping points,” the years when things went too far in the opinion of the white, aging, home-owning, Prop 8-supporting millionaires and billionaires who get upset every year.

So, in 2008, 2007 was the “tipping point.”

In 2009, 2008 was the tipping point.

In 2010, 2009 was the tipping point.

And in 2011:

Last year was the tipping point,” said David Perry, who was hired by the city to help publicize the new rules. “Last year was such a mess that organizers, the city and (police) decided we had to change something.”

And you know, for all the talk, there are years where nobody gets arrested at one of the biggest street parties left in the 415.

All right, here’s the new likka sto map from Exercising While Intoxicated:

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Now the homeowner’s associations of the Western Addition are pressuring area stores to not open on Sunday morning, to not sell alcohol. The people at the stores where I’ve visited think that’s a laughable idea. (Anyway, I’ll check and see how effective our local Taliban’s anti-alcohol campaign is come Sunday.)

All right, get the latest updates here, at the People for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers.

See you Sunday!

Bay to Breakers Organizers Admit Past Mismanagement By Doubling Port-a-Potties for 2011 – Be a “Potty Hero”

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Now, I don’t recommend registering for the annual Bay to Breakers Fun Run and Street Party, cause what you’re pretty much doing is putting money into the pockets of a Colorado billionaire, who, in turn, puts money into the pockets of the anti-gay Yes on Prop 8 campaign.

But that’s how you roll, that’s fine.

But hey, look what they have for you this year – the Zazzle people sponsoring the 100th anniversary are going to monitor you during the race to see how much of your urine gets into a port-a-potty. And if you do well enough, then you’re going to get a garish, lime-green wristband. Hurray!

See?

And, if you’re a straight, millionaire, white, wizened homeowner who moved into the Western Addition thinking it was something else (like Hayes Valley or “NoPA”), well urine luck. Look at this, free neon-pink lawn signs, you know, for your front lawn, the one you mow every Saturday morning along with all your neighbors.*

See how garish and San Mateo County there are? Hurray!

Here’s the email for the signs, but I’ll tell you, the nail that stands up gets hammered down and the duck that quacks gets shot, or something. Anyway, freepottysign@zazzle.com.

All right, enjoy your street party on Sunday!

*Uh, the Western Addition is loaded with bossy old white people these days, sure, but front lawns? Not so much. Perhaps you should visit sometime, Zazzle, when you take a break from making things that nobody needs…

You’ve Seen Their Toilets and Map Cars, Now Here are Google’s Campus Bike-Share Bikes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Next time you’re on Google’s Main Campus down Mountain View way, be sure to use these Google Bikes to get around.

Aren’t they adorable? And best of all, they’re fixies! :) single-speeds with coaster brakes. :(

Click to expand. Says EcoFabulous Caitlin Bristol, My first trip to Google. Forget the free lunch, check out the super cute campus share-bikes!”

I’ll pay top dollar if you manage to boost one. (Must have Google-colored wheel insert.)

First, the Google Toilet:

Then the Google Car:

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What will be the next perk for the employees at Google?

San Francisco’s Response to ING Bay To Breakers Rules: No Eff-ING Way

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

So, here’s another go-around with the proposed “new improvements” to the ING Bay to Breakers. Today’s rally at City Hall attracted about 100 souls, plus a lot of speakers and media. But changes started coming a day or two ago when PR man Sam Singer, the “master of disaster,” started singing, thus ending the denial of the organizers of the historic footrace.

[UPDATE: Read a new Race Director Angela Fang interview from a (not-at-all) viscious, attack-dog journalist here. And see a branding critique here. And finally, just who is "K.H., Manager, Sales, Production, Communications, B2B"? S/he is feisty no? So we hear from K.H. that B2B is "privately owned." O rly, by whom? Is it the Anschutz Entertainment Group, aka AEG, which is owned by The Anschutz Corporation, which is owned by noted marathon-running billionaire, Bush Cheney "Pioneer," and "intelligent design" fan Philip Anschutz? That's not my final answer, but signs point to "yes." Is this the same Philip Anschutz who supported the anti-gay Prop 2 in Colorado back in the day?]

This fellow looked like he liked what he heard this morn. Many attendees were encouraged by the fact that the take-it-or-leave-it approach from last week doesn’t appear to be written in stone. Even San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is “not against some kind of compromise.” Click to expand:

The sum of the crowd, a fair turnout, considering.

The United Hipsters of Benetton, representing the no-to-new-improvements side. You’d need an expanded Facial Hair Types chart to keep all the different grooming styles sorted out:

This graphic is somewhat damning of the organizers, some might feel. The ING people are saying the more people that register for the race, the more portable toilets we’ll get – but isn’t that a little backwards? Shouldn’t they put in a sufficient number, whatever that is, regardless? (Of course ING is just the primary sponsor and their contract with B2B runs out next year, but that’s what people call the organizers – the ING people.)

Freaky” attorney Alix Rosenthal and San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi would like to work things out:

Can’t we all get along? As of this afternoon, it looks like we can.

Should you start working on this year’s B2B float? It’s still too soon to say…