San Francisco is close, and yet so far away:
Posts Tagged ‘visitors’
Who Has the Temerity to Charge Tourists $1.20 MORE Per Gallon Than the Nearby Shell Station? BRIDGEWAY GAS, Sausalito, CAFriday, November 7th, 2014
$4.69 per gallon – Bridgeway Gas. Sausalito, CA 94965:
$3.49 per gallon – Bridgeway Shell, Sausalito, CA 94965, same day:
The Yelpers are NOT IMPRESSED with BRIDGEWAY GAS.
I beg of you, tourists, watch yourselves. Be on guard. This place is full of vultures. Vultures everywhere. Everywhere!
(Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.)
This has been a remarkable change, over the past half-decade.
You see them, all over the place, every day, coming and going, taking photos of buildings, looking at maps, asking where “the Seven Ladies” are, asking where the “Full House house” is, and rolling luggage up and down the street, you know, that kind of thing.
Sometimes I don’t know if they’re Airbnb people, but other times, like this time, it’s easy to tell:
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I don’t have a generalized beef against tourists – that makes me different from the typical Western Addition NIMBY.
In any event, this is what Airbnb looks like IRL on the street.
Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the BayMonday, July 14th, 2014
IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:
I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.
Here’s Captain John:
Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:
So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.
So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…
…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…
…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…
…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.
I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.
So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:
And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.
You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.
This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.
Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.
Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…
…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:
These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?
And there’s your trip:
So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.
And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.
If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.
This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.
The “Selfie Stick” Arrives in San Francisco – These Tourists Use One to Take Better Photos in Golden Gate ParkFriday, June 27th, 2014
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Well, I know it’s a selfie stick because I seen them using it. In this shot above they are simply reviewing their results.
Actually, I heard about the “selfie stick backlash” afore I ever saw one. We’re moving through Kashmir Hill territory here, from June 2014:
“That is un-f***ing believable,” he said. My Hong Kong friend was surprised by our surprise. “It’s a selfie stick,” she explained. “They’re all over Asia.”
Oh, here’s one, and there are others.
In closing, selfie stick – it’s a thing!
Or, if you’d prefer, Selfie-Stick Fever – Catch It!
Oh let the sun beat down upon my selfie-stick, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To pose for selfies with the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talked for days of my new iPhone 6, and all will be revealed
A Fun Couple Visits San Francisco – These Old People are Younger Than You, Effectively – Tourists are Good People, Believe It Or NotWednesday, June 4th, 2014
As seen on troubled Taylor Street – they’re waiting for a bus or something right next to the Hilton:
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So just because you own property and sponsor house parties for weak-willed electeds such as Mark Farrell or London Breed, that doesn’t mean you’re better than this couple.
In fact, it makes you the opposite, you NIMBYs.
Believe It Or Not.
It sends youthful orange-shirted attractivas with iPads out to approach tourists in Golden Gate Park.
Feigned excitement: “Oh it’s your birthday tomorrow!?”
We can’t afford to operate the Strybing Arboretum without soaking the tourists, but we can afford this?
What’s going on, SFGov. Do you do everything a special interest tells you to do?