Posts Tagged ‘TRACKS’

Pink 1960 Rambler American, Tadich Grill -THE ORIGINAL COLD-DAY RESTAURANT, California Street, USA

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

This car was eight years old when the Tadich moved to this location

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Fashionable Woman Goes Down Hard on the Cable Car Tracks at California and Battery – Thursday Morning, Sept 6th

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Don’t know why.

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You know, San Francisco is the most corrupt large city west of Chicago, probably, but you wouldn’t know it by solely looking at paramedic response in the 415. I’ve never seen dysfunction from this part of the “City Family.”

When you’re in trouble, the SFFD will care about you…

The N Judah Shuttle Buses are Here, The N Judah Shuttle Buses are Here! For Now…

Monday, May 28th, 2012

And for a little bit.

As seen on Haight Street:

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The Crazy Windmills of Pier 23 Plus Those “Free Leonard” Banners

Friday, January 27th, 2012

What’s this big metal tower thing on the left?

Of course it’s not actually a windmill, but maybe it’s some kind of air exhaust for something underneath the streetcar tracks of the Embarcadero?

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Now, the “Free Leonard” tree banner, well, I think it’s this, but I remain baffled by that tower…

Our Seemingly-Always-Muddy Golden Gate Park Panhandle is Quite Muddy These Days, As Per Usual

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Did a Rec and Park cart get stuck in the middle of the Panhandle again? Sure looks that way from this photo, ’cause as we learned from My Cousin Vinny, tire tracks don’t lie.

Instead of working on aesthetics all the time,  why doesn’t the PRD work on tasks they’re supposed to work on, like drainage ‘n stuff?

Just asking, bro.

Trees vs. Trains: High Speed Rail Project Threatens Stanford’s Iconic Redwood – “El Palo Alto” is Directly in the Path

Friday, November 5th, 2010

El Palo Alto, aka the Stanford Tree, is smack dab in the way of California’s High Speed Rail project, according to Doug Ray over at the Peninsula Press.

Appears as if the NIMBY’s of counties San Mateo and Santa Clara are gaining speed in the battle of HSR – how much will it take to buy them off?

El Palo Alto, back in the day. It’s still there, for now:

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Will CA HSR run over Stanfoo’s famous, fun-loving mascot?

Only Time Will Tell

Resolved: California’s High Speed Rail Authority Ought to Respond to this Readable Report from the NIMBYs of Palo Alto

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I think our California High-Speed Rail Authority should respond to this recent report:

The Financial Risks of California’s Proposed High-Speed Rail Project: A Review And Assessment Of Publicly Available Materials

(I don’t think they will, but I think they should.)

It would be easy to go point by point. See?

This is just for starters:

Of course a lot of the rich people of Counties San Mateo and Santa Clara wouldn’t want more RR tracks in their backyards even if they didn’t have to pay for it – that’s what makes them NIMBYs. And the principal author frets about the effects of HSR on tony Atherton, CA. But these Peninsulans deserve an answer from the authoritahs, do they not?

Point by point, that’s the way to do it.

Just saying…

“We do not oppose high-speed rail in concept. It seems to work in parts of Europe and Japan and possibly elsewhere. The 2008 Prop 1A promise that captured many voters was that the California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) would not cost the taxpayer a penny. After months of work on this report, we are forced to conclude that the Authority’s promise seems an impossible goal.”

AUTHORS

Alain C. Enthoven – Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and
Private Management (emeritus), GSB Stanford; President,
Litton Medical Products; Economist, Rand Corporation;
President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service;
Baxter Prize for Health Services Research; Fellow American
Academy of Arts and Sciences; Founder, Jackson Hole Group
(BA Economics, Stanford; Rhodes Scholar–Oxford; PhD
Economics, MIT)

William C. Grindley – World Bank; Associate Division Director,
SRI International; Founder and CEO, Pacific Strategies, ret.
(B Architecture, Clemson; Master of City Planning, MIT)

William H. Warren – 40 years of Silicon Valley finance, sales
and consulting experience, management, including CEO of
several start-ups, Director/Officer at ROLM, Centigram, and
Memorex (MBA, Stanford)

Everybody’s a Star at the Museum of Modern Art – Spotlight Tracks Visitors at Our MoMA in the SoMA – But Is It Art?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Here’s what you do, you click on over to this mysterious website that shows how people are being tracked at our Museum of Modern Art in the SoMA.

I fear the worst. First chemtrails, now this.

Via Timothy Buckwalter

Courage

Straight Out of Emeryville – AMTRAK’s So-Called Train From Hell and Its Whiny Passengers

Monday, January 11th, 2010

How much would you expect from Amtrak if you paid $145 to board the California Zephyr in Emeryville, CA on January 3rd, 2010 with the expectation of getting to Chicago in a day-and-a-half? Well, what if your fellow passengers called this ride the “Train From Hell” or something?

How did it get that name? Well, the train arrived in Illinois almost a day late a few days back due to it hitting a truck abandoned on the tracks(!) and encountering snowdrifts  higher than an elephant’s eye  in Nebraska and other typical travel issues.

The number of deaths and injuries continues to be reported as zero. So how does that earn this particular Zephyr the sobriquet “Train From Hell” or whatever?

Amtrak’s CZ on a happier day: 

via Patrick Rasenberg

Perhaps Amtrak’s riders took a lesson from the whiny passengers of Flight 1549, famously piloted by CoCo County’s Captain “Sully” Sullenberger? Those particular airline passengers are getting at least $15k-$20k, plus free traumatic stress counseling sessions, plus a refund of their ticket cost, plus upgrades to first class on other flights  for the past year, etc., and yet some of them are still whining.

Sometimes when you travel, Things Happen.* Please make a note of this.  

Lower your expectations and you’ll never be disappointed… 

*People used to die on jetliners – not Beechcrafts nor Cessnas oh no, we’re talking about your Boeings, Airbuses, Lockheeds, McDonnell Douglasseses – people would board and then die, it happened all the time. But how many passengers have died due to jetliner crashes in America since 2001 (which was a bad year, of course)? That’s a Big Fat Zero.

So count your blessings the next time a flock of birds or a pickup or a snowstorm or an Act of God or an Act of Gaia wettens your iPod and/or delays your Journey Through Life.