Word on the street:
Word to your mother.
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Do you know that the MUNI drivers union is suing us again because they didn’t get every last thing on their wishlist in arbitration?
*Look at that dark upper left corner – 1/8000 of a second. Pray for the shutter on my Canon 5D. Born: 2005, Oita City, Kyushu, Japan. Dying: 2012, San Francisco, California USA
This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.
I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.
The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.
Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:
And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:
How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.
So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.
Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.
Well here’s something new under the sun. It’s the Vandal cargo pack for cyclists from the Mission Workshop.
See? It expands, thusly:
So you can carry a pony keg of delicious, if warm, Sierra Nevada on your back, or, indeed, an entire bike:
Mission Workshop is just getting started, so they don’t yet have a retail store. But they do have a full-on corporate-style media campaign. Here it is, enjoy:
“Introducing Mission Workshop and Their First Expandable Cargo Backpack ‘The Vandal’
Mission Workshop is a San Francisco based company located in the heart of the Mission District. The company was born from over 15 years experience designing and manufacturing messenger bags and clothing. The founders of the bag company Chrome opened Mission Workshop in October of 2009 and just released their first backpack called “the Vandal.”
The Vandal is a weatherproof backpack designed for cyclists and anyone else that relies on their bag to get them through the day. It’s big enough to handle your daily gear and expands for additional cargo when needed. The Vandal’s expansion system gets bigger without using extra fabric and seals flat to disappear when not needed.
According to co-founder Bart Kyzar, “Most people prefer as small of a pack as possible but regularly need extra carrying capacity. Even with a full load, the Vandal can expand to accommodate an additional bag of groceries or a case of your favorite brew. It easily turns from 1200 cubic inches into 2200 cubic inches on the fly.”
The pack incorporates three built in compartments. The main roll top compartment is large and has RF welded seams making it completely waterproof. The middle compartment is perfect for a laptop and the smaller compartment is designed for personal organization. In addition to these, the expandable area is always ready for use when needed.
The Vandal has also stepped up the design on the backpack harness by integrating a frame sheet and fiberglass rods for support and comfort. This makes the Vandal much more comfortable than other cycling packs and has given it enhanced stability under heavy loads. The Vandal is PVC free and only uses fabrics coated with urethane. In addition to the environmental benefits, urethane coatings are much tougher than PVC and better retain their waterproof capabilities.
— Weatherproof Capacity: 1200 cubic inches
— External Cargo Expander 1000 cubic inches
— Materials: Urethane Coated Nylon (PVC free)
— Load Suspension: LDPE Frame Sheet with Fiberglass Stays
— Removable waist strap with optional load bearing waist belt
Retail Price: $225 Made in the USA with a Life Time Warranty
Mission Workshop Products are sold online at http://www.missionworkshop.com/ and through select retailers nationwide.