Posts Tagged ‘weekends’

Know Your Illegal Taxi Drivers of San Francisco: Typically, They Have Large, Black, Lincoln Town Cars

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Just as politics is the reason why the feds are about to spend a billion dollars on the oh-my-God-wouldn’t-we-be-better-off-without-it Central Subway, politics is the reason why it’s hard to get a taxi cab in San Francisco.

I mean, what kind of world do you want to live in – one where we have a lower number of higher-paid drivers or a larger number lower-paid drivers? (That’s a political question, of course.)

For whatever reason, it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at certain times and relatively hard at others. That’s the system we’ve had, that’s what’s been chosen.

And that means it’s awfully tempting for illegal cab drivers to hit the streets during the busier times.

As here, at the foot of California Street, right near the foot of Market, right in the Financial District in front of the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. See? A quick price quote/negotiation convo and then she hopped in:

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Do you think this woman would have preferred to take her taxi ride in a taxi? Probably as it would have been much cheaper, but she didn’t really have all that much of a choice.

Do you think the SFPD generally knows what’s going on here. Sure, but they don’t really want to deal with this sitch.

Now, how about making money instead of spending it this coming New Years Eve? Simply rent a car and then drive it around all night taking people where they want to go. You’ll see thousands of people waving their arms around all over the City, so you’ll have no problem finding customers. Be sure to quote an outrageous amount when they ask you, “How much?”

As long as you don’t get in an accident, and don’t get pulled over by the police, and don’t run into a few other hazards I can think of, you should be good to go. (But if the cops figure out what you’re doing and they’re motivated to throw the book at you for not having permits and stickers on the outside of your car and whole bunch of other stuff, then you’ll be in trouble with a capital “T.” That’s just one reason why I don’t recommend you to do anything like this.)

Such is the state of San Francisco taxi driving.

As it is, as it was, and as it shall ever be…

ZOMG, October 16th, 2011 is Yerba Buena Family Day – Free Admission to SFMOMA – Thanks Target!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

October 16th, 2011 will be on a Sunday so I’ll prolly be breakin’ in the malls, breakin’ on the streets, natchbut you, you’ve got kids, so you should head down to SoMA for Yerba Buena Family Day 2011.

It’s:

“…San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission, special art activities and free performances for children and families at the following venues within 1 or 2 blocks of each other in the Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.”

That means that Target will pick up the tab when you visit the SFMOMA, the Jew Mu, the MoAD and the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Hurray! (Hey Target, why are you taking so long to open down there in Metreon? Or for that matter, Geary and Masonic. C’mon, wiki wiki.)

 All right, see you and your fam there!

All the deets:

SFMOMA

  • Be inspired by the exhibition Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
  • Sketch, scribble, and squiggle your way through the wonderful world
    of drawing

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Marvel at Harry Houdini’s famous escape acts in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic
  • Thrill to a live performance by The Magic of Chin-Chin

Museum of the African Diaspora

  • Tour the exhibition COLLECTED: Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation
  • Make a memory box to take home, participate in a drumming workshop,
    and more

Children's Creativity Museum

  • Be among the first to experience the Museum’s freshly redesigned exhibits including the new Imagination Lab
  • Create clay animations, music videos, digital art, and more
  • Ride the historic carousel for free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

  • From hula dancers to taiko drummers, enjoy live performances on the
    Esplanade Stage in the Gardens from 11 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Delight in the clowning of Unique Derique and the grooves of the
    Venezuelan Music Project on the Children’s Stage near the Children’s
    Creativity Museum from 12 – 3 PM

The SFMTA, Once Again, Misses the Point Entirely: Mandatory Cabulous Service vs. More Cabs on Weekends

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Don’t know if you remember the 1980′s but back then everything was “extreme,” like Taco Bell XTreme! Border Fries, you know, that kind of thing.

These days, everything’s “smart,” hence stuff like SFMTA’s “smarter way to call a cab.”

I don’t know, if the board had sufficient balls / ovaries, it would authorize weekend medallions, IMO. Instead they spend half a mil. on this kind of thing.

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I’m not up to speed on this particular issue, but I’ve never seen a Newsom-style public-private partnership that wasn’t corrupt, that wasn’t biased in favor of the private side of the partnership. So I’ll just have to assume that this Cabulous-type deal is something the board shouldn’t be spending its time/our money on.

JMO.