This crazy building gets super small at the top, so there’s little room for window washing rigging. What I thought was a solid wall is just some aluminum(?) paneling?
News to me…
This copter for one:
There were a couple others too.
I don’t know what the CoS was thinking when it picked a historic triangular building right across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid for its San Francisco / Bay Area HQ, but, owing to the foot traffic, only a few Anonymous people are necessary to turn the whole place into a circus.
On It Goes
Here’s what you can see and do at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the Transamerica Pyramid:
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And oh, if you take the “Oxford* Capacity Analysis” test YOU WILL FAIL. Just a guess. (Nothing against you or anything but I think the test is rigged so that it’s like super hard to pass.)
And note that huge Scientology sidewalk medallion. Looks as if they’ll be here for a while….
AngelaS F: “I have no idea how to rate this. I don’t want to be judgmental – b/c I think it’s great for people to believe in something but to be honest the things I’ve heard about Scientology (and, yes, much to my chagrin what I know I read in gossip magazines featuring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) have scared the bejesus out of me. The most disturbing thing I read is that women aren’t supposed to scream during child birth! WTF???!!!!
Anyway, back to trying to be non-judgmental…After going to Bocadillos last night, I noticed that the Church of Scientology (right across the street) was having an open house. I was on a date so I convinced him that we should go in (I mean come on we had to!). He initially resisted but let’s face it I’m too cute! 😉
As soon as we walked in we were asked to sign in – name (fake), address (San Francisco, CA), phone number (mix of my cell and land line – yes, those do still exist). The man told us we could walk through at our own pace and then he’d give us a two minute spiel at the end. We walked through reading some of the plaques that were ALL about L. Ron Hubbard, the founder. L. Ron Hubbard’s books were sprinkled everywhere. When we got to the back there was a small area with maybe 60 chairs – it creeped me out. I’m not sure why but it reminded me of a funeral home. I felt very out of place and felt that at any moment they could lock us in. After speeding by a few more plaques and pictures of you guessed it – L. Ron Hubbard we came across this ancient looking device. The man from the front came over and said it was a “stress tester” and I immediately volunteered (at this point my date is wondering how fast he can drop me off). I held these silver canisters in my hands and watched this needle.
Scientologist: How’s work is going?
Scientologist: What is your boss’ name?
[Needle was pretty steady.]
Scientologist: What’s your Mom’s name?
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: What’s your Dad’s name?
Scientologist: Ah…there is some tension with your Dad!
A: No, in fact, I am closer to him than my Mom. (I do understand why that’s a safe bet – most of my friends have issues with their Dad.)
[Scientologist ignores this comment and moves on.]
Scientologist: Are you married or dating?
A: This guy right here. (I should write a book on what not to do when you just start dating someone.)
[Needle moves up a bit.]
Scientologist: Well what would you say is causing you the most stress in your life right now? (Reminded me of when Kramer pretended to be the movie phone guy, “Well why don’t you just tell me the name of the movie you want to see?”)
A: Um…well things are pretty good. I guess my friend, Ashley, who is really depressed.
[Needle jerks and hits the max]
Scientologist: Ohhhh, don’t tell me she is taking medication. [Shakes head disapprovingly.]
A: Um is that bad? [Flash back to Tom Cruise screaming at Matt Lauer about how terrible anti-depressants are.] (I glance at my date who has a look of sheer terror on his face.)
Scientologist: Anti-depressants only mask the problem. It doesn’t solve anything. Come over here.
[We reluctantly walk over to the L. Ron Hubbard library where he pulls out two books.]
Scientologist: I recommend that you give this book to Ashley and this one you should read.
A: Ok well thanks for your time and allowing us to look around. I’ll think about those books.
Scientologist: Sure come back anytime.
[Date shook hands with Scientologist and asked his name again. Date used his real name. D’OH!]”
These are your skyline landmarks, as seen from Treasure Island:
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This is what San Francisco looks like for the year-end holidays of 2011. Now here’s what things looked like in years past:
First, he was all like this:
Then he was all like this:
Then it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.
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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:
A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced Triple Five Cal, good buddy, come-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!
Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!
Well, here it is a pithy two-minute video showing area Church of Scientology President Jeff Quiros leaving his historic building at the foot of Columbus.
(The reference to “SF Weekly” has to do with Lauren Smiley’s recent five-part “Scientology Apostate” series.)
I didn’t realize that Anonymous was still on the case like this.
Here’s what it looked like back in aught-eight when Church leaders walked over to the Chinatown Hilton to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard’s birth anniversary:
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But it’s not too late to get in on the fun – if you want to try to make money from religion, why don’t you apply?
On It Goes…
As seen at the foot of Columbus right across the street from the TransAmerica Pyramid:
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In the words of Admiral Ackbar, my favorite Mon Calamari, “It’s a …”
“These are two spellings of the same word, which means to seek information about something or to conduct a formal investigation (usually when followed by “into”). The corresponding noun is enquiry or inquiry. Either spelling can be used, but many people prefer enquire and enquiry for the general sense of “ask”, and inquire and inquiry for a formal investigation…:
TA stands for the TransAmerica Building and 48 is the floor number. (Don’t think I’ve ever been that up in The Pyramid, but I know there’s not much floor space up there – it’ll be quite cozy, I’m sure.)
Linda Post of the indispensable SF FYI Net has all the deets:
Plan C – Annual Fundraiser
When: June 22, 2011 – Wednesday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Transamerica Pyramid Penthouse, 600 Montgomery, 48th Floor, San Francisco
What: Plan C Annual Fundraiser. Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell will be speakers.
Event Co-Chairs: Mark Kelleher, Mike Sullivan, Steve Adams
Plan C Board: Steve Adams, Mike Sullivan, Bob Gain, Kat Anderson, Randy Brasche, David Fix, Baha Hariri, Amanda Jones, Mark Kelleher, Ashley Lyon, Lyssa Paul
$75. non-member includes Plan C membership, $50. Member
RSVP – Information: http://plancsf2011fundraiser.eventbrite.com/
Oh, here are ever more deets, below.
See you there.*
Annual Plan C Fundraiser Event
Please join Plan C board members and friends at the 10th anniversary of our annual fundraiser on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to celebrate our recent victories – and, most importantly, to discuss our plans going forward.
The night’s featured speakers will be San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Supervisor Mark Farrell.
After a decade of hard work and persistence, we have much to celebrate this year with the election of a more moderate Board of Supervisors and many other accomplishments!
Plan C played a direct role in helping elect moderate supervisors Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell, and ensure passage of the Sit/Lie Ordinance and other initiatives. More recently, we worked to promote the payroll tax waiver to keep Twitter in San Francisco and encourage a mid-Market Street economic rebirth.
You can help us build upon our recent successes. Much depends on this coming November’s mayoral race, the first time ranked choice system will be engaged for a mayor’s election. You can count on Plan C, as San Franciscans have since 2001, to provide you with the city’s most widely used moderate voting guide.
Please join us as a sponsor for our 10th Anniversary fundraiser on June 22. Organizational and individual sponsors will be listed as co-hosts, hosts and premier hosts on event invitations, email reminders and signage. Hosts at all levels will receive tickets to the event, the quantity commensurate with donation level. Individual hosts at all levels will receive a one year paid Plan C membership with voting rights.
RSVP and Donate: For more details about giving levels and benefits, click here to sign up for our host committee or join as an individual sponsor.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Transamerica Pyramid — 48th Floor Penthouse, 600 Montgomery Street at Clay
Thank you for your support!