Archive for March, 2010

Sorry it’s been a while since the last post.  We went to Maui for my wife’s birthday and had a blast.  I think the only souring part of the trip was that our rental car ended up getting invaded by an army of ants.  It was freaking nasty.  I did most of the driving, and even after we tried killing them all with Windex, I still wasn’t comfortable behind the wheel.  Have any of you readers had your vehicle taken over by little creatures of any sort?


A new one car family

Some friends of ours recently went from being just a married couple to a family a few months ago with the birth of their daughter.  Now, they just sold one of their cars, making them a one car family – just like us!  Below is some commentary straight from the source:

“We’ve had 2 cars the whole 5 (or so?) years we’ve both lived in the city, and probably spent about 10% of our waking hours figuring out where to park one or the other.  In Dec 2007, I stopped using my car regularly for commuting — took a job for a year that allowed me to take Caltrain down to mountain view.  What a refreshing change to take mass transit to work and avoid the stress and mess of commuting by car.  I left that job in Dec 2008 and have been working from home since.  I looked at a car maintenance receipt from Aug 2008 and saw the mileage at that time — I’d  put all of 3000 miles on the car since then.  And most of that was probably moving it from one side of the street to the other every week for street cleaning.  That’s about all I’ve done with it in the last 12 months.  When you think about how much of a pain parking is in this city, and how much of people’s days are spent just driving around looking for parking, and then take a look at your average residential San Francisco street over the course of a week and see how few cars are actually moved with any regularity; well, the whole car culture boggles the mind, and urban services like CityCarShare make all the sense in the world for the collective good.  Granted living in a large, dense metropolitan area is a very different experience than living in suburbia, with many more transit options.  But over the last year, the idea of going down to a one-car household, simplifying life, and possibly getting a tiny scooter for short urban commutes has seemed very enticing.  I loved my car, but it made all the sense in the world to figure out how to make life work for us without the very expensive overhead of maintaining a one-vehicle-per-driver household.”


Cable Car Shelter

Even though I haven’t posted since 2/16/10, I’ve still gotten a few people checking out the blog.  Thank you loyal readers!

Here’s something absolutely insane.  The building I work at, 555 California, has a shelter on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of California and Kearny that is used exclusively for cable cars.  Regular buses do not stop there. 

We’ve been told by the agency that manages these shelters that this shelter must be relocated back from the curb a few feet because it is difficult for a wheelchair to get inside it.  HELLO!  Does anyone realize that the design of cable cars has been largely unchanged since 1870, when people with disabilities where considered total outcasts?  Have you EVER seen a person with a wheelchair ride a cable car?  That’s because they can’t!

Also, if you are familar with the Financial District, you’ll know that picking up a cable car at this location will bring you inboard towards the end of the line at California and Drumm Streets.  It’s only a few blocks… I’ve never seen anyone, handicapped or not, wait for a cable car at this location…