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   Undertoad  Wednesday Jun 21 12:21 PM

6/21/2006: Stretch SUV limo beached in San Francisco



I had seen this one before axlrosen sent it along, but I'd seen it out of context. axl includes the link to The Consumerist, whose snarky take points out that this is a stretch SUV limo, and this is none other than anti-vehicle San Francisco.

"Taken in front of Goat Hill Pizza at 18th and Connecticut, in the Potrero Hill," they point out. "Proof that San Fran actually has structural defenses to debilitate encroachment by machines which don't run on the most efficient fuel of all: Love," they say. Yup, this additional level of irony pushes it over the edge, so to speak, and makes it your Cellar Image of the Day.



AureliusVin  Wednesday Jun 21 12:45 PM

It's funny that an Excursion(I think) got stuck there, I guess they don't make 'em like they used to!



glatt  Wednesday Jun 21 12:49 PM

Ha Ha!



Emrikol  Wednesday Jun 21 01:03 PM

They should have taken a plane!

(Edited for more better grammer)



Rock Steady  Wednesday Jun 21 01:07 PM

Nice. I'm surprised I hadn't seen that yet. "Professional Drivers" out here are always inexperienced immigrants. Also, this shows how SF is a delightful mix of people types; here the flakes and nuts get to laugh at the chic and corporate.



Kitsune  Wednesday Jun 21 01:18 PM

Good thing that beast never made it down to Lombard St.

"...they plant flowers there where they bury people..."



axlrosen  Wednesday Jun 21 01:27 PM

I think it's the understated sign that makes the picture. "Um, dude... hill..."



MaggieL  Wednesday Jun 21 01:33 PM

Too bad it wasn't a hybrid. ;-)



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 21 02:28 PM

From the gouges in the pavement, I'd say it wasn't a first but that wouldn't have stopped Steve McQueen.



Elspode  Wednesday Jun 21 03:28 PM

Even in an urban SUV, ground clearance is everything. What a bunch of doofuses.



WabUfvot5  Wednesday Jun 21 03:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock Steady
Nice. I'm surprised I hadn't seen that yet. "Professional Drivers" out here are always inexperienced immigrants.
Ahh, but the wealthy passenger was probably "Do as I say and take that street, knave!" Immigrant driver, not knowing half the words in that sentence would have noted the anger and done as told.

Hmm. Somebody should make a documentary about the beaching, lol.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Jun 21 03:55 PM

Looks like an overkill to me anyway. How the hell can they drive that thing through the inner city?
It's funny as hell to me that the dudes at each end of the vehicle look like they actually BELIEVE they can move this monster. "Don't sweat it, Hobson.... We'll just give you a little push...." SHEESH.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 21 04:01 PM

If they lift on the front and push down on the back, the drive wheels might get enough bite to pull it off the hump.



glatt  Wednesday Jun 21 04:07 PM

I assumed it was a front wheel drive. You think they put an extra long driveshaft into it when they do the conversion?



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jun 21 04:23 PM

Good point.



Trilby  Wednesday Jun 21 04:29 PM

Oh, rich people! They're so stupidly, stupidly rich!



rkzenrage  Wednesday Jun 21 04:31 PM

I live 1/2 between Tampa and O' Town right off of I-4 and can say with conviction that NY and LA have nothing on the crazy limos we have. (lived in LA and spend a great deal of time in NY)



capnhowdy  Wednesday Jun 21 04:41 PM

I'm sure it would be harder to corner one of these things than a semi. We'll have to ask brianr.



Kitsune  Wednesday Jun 21 04:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by rkzenrage
I live 1/2 between Tampa and O' Town right off of I-4 and can say with conviction that NY and LA have nothing on the crazy limos we have.
Plant City does have some wild stretch tractors.


BigV  Wednesday Jun 21 04:55 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
From the gouges in the pavement, I'd say it wasn't a first but that wouldn't have stopped Steve McQueen.
His gouges are at the bottom of the hill.


BigV  Wednesday Jun 21 04:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
If they lift on the front and push down on the back, the drive wheels might get enough bite to pull it off the hump.
Or...siphon the contents of the front hot tub to the one in the back. Water's heavy, y'know.


rkzenrage  Wednesday Jun 21 05:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitsune
Plant City does have some wild stretch tractors.
Was my old sales area, they like the stretch Hummers.


Spexxvet  Wednesday Jun 21 06:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV
His gouges are at the bottom of the hill.
And the skid marks are in his underwear.


Griff  Wednesday Jun 21 07:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitsune
Plant City does have some wild stretch tractors.
streeeeeetch


rkzenrage  Wednesday Jun 21 08:45 PM

Good night!



Kagen4o4  Wednesday Jun 21 10:32 PM

these poor creatures are beaching themselves and are now on the endangered species list




dar512  Wednesday Jun 21 10:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kagen4o4
these poor creatures are beaching themselves and are now on the endangered species list
And once they beach themselves, they're practically impossible to get back onto the highway.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Jun 21 10:43 PM

fuck a highway.... they need a runway.



Rock Steady  Wednesday Jun 21 10:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kagen4o4
these poor creatures are beaching themselves and are now on the endangered species list
Now that's irony. Ra, Kagen.


Rock Steady  Wednesday Jun 21 11:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
Oh, rich people! They're so stupidly, stupidly rich!
Well, here in the Silicon Valley (40 miles south of SF), there are many stock-options Jeans-to-Riches stories. So, there isn't a rich-people stereotype here. In the valley, 1 out of 20 of us are millionaires -- we still wear the same clothes, drive pick-up trucks, smoke weed, go to football games, and so on. You can't pick us out in a crowd and we like it that way. We wouldn't be caught dead in a stretch limo, but spend $60 taxi to drink and NOT drive.


miss_chance  Thursday Jun 22 01:46 AM

You know, half those folks helping to rock it are standing *directly in front of the vehicle*!



BigV  Thursday Jun 22 12:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock Steady
Well, here in the Silicon Valley (40 miles south of SF), there are many stock-options Jeans-to-Riches stories. So, there isn't a rich-people stereotype here. In the valley, 1 out of 20 of us are millionaires -- we still wear the same clothes, drive pick-up trucks, smoke weed, go to football games, and so on. You can't pick us out in a crowd and we like it that way. We wouldn't be caught dead in a stretch limo, but spend $60 taxi to drink and NOT drive.
So, if I charter a bus with nineteen homeless people to your neighborhood, can I be the millionaire on the bus? I'd happily foreswear all future limo rides to drive a pickup truck to the ballgame.


Rock Steady  Thursday Jun 22 02:29 PM

That's the problem with the Silicon Valley. I'm house poor. I could cash in and move to Idaho, but then I want a life too. So, I stay here.



WabUfvot5  Thursday Jun 22 03:22 PM

Hehe, all the rich folk make it interesting up in the North Bay. Going down a street near me you can totally tell the white trash who grew up here from the ones who just bought their house for a quarter million.



glatt  Thursday Jun 22 03:45 PM

a quarter million? Where are houses so cheap?



Happy Monkey  Thursday Jun 22 03:50 PM

Down payment, maybe...



Stonan  Thursday Jun 22 10:40 PM

Would have been REAL interesting to see this thing go UP the hill...



Rock Steady  Friday Jun 23 12:00 AM

Yeah, Jebediah is not paying attention.

In my neighborhood, little 3 BR houses sold for over $1MM this month. Where he lives away from jobs and such, $500,000 gets you a little 2-3 BR starter home.

What I did with my stock option money was to pay off my mortgage and start my own company. Well, I sold the company for half my $400,000 investment and my house doubled in value. Whatever. At least I have no debt at all.

And now I have stock options in play with three privately held companies.



mitheral  Friday Jun 23 01:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
I assumed it was a front wheel drive. You think they put an extra long driveshaft into it when they do the conversion?
Yep. Actaully probably several shafts supported by hanger bearings.


WabUfvot5  Friday Jun 23 02:06 AM

$750,000 = rich to me



Happy Monkey  Friday Jun 23 07:25 AM

that's $3/4 Million, which is more reasonable. Though where I am that would get you a small single family house in a reasonably nice neighborhood, not a mansion. A quarter million would get an efficiency, or maybe a one bedroom condo!

On the other hand, my area's housing market is insane.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jun 23 08:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mitheral
Yep. Actaully probably several shafts supported by hanger bearings.
After glatt mentioned it, I remembered reading that some of the stretch makers, start with 4 wheel drives and just use the fronts for the long ones.
It's a tradeoff because they have to get the 4x4 front end low enough for a limo.
The same article said they don't do much with the brakes.


glatt  Friday Jun 23 09:23 AM

Heh. I don't actually know anything about limo conversions, other than they need to stiffen up the frame so they don't fold in half. I just assumed that putting in a big long driveshaft would have no advantage for most limos but would be an extra cost.



WabUfvot5  Friday Jun 23 04:15 PM

Oh shoot, I see my mistake. I mean $750,000, not $250,000. Stupid 100į temps pickle my brain.



Rock Steady  Friday Jun 23 09:34 PM

Yea, that's better. "Efficiency Townhouses from just $399,000"



capnhowdy  Friday Jun 23 10:33 PM

little known fact about pickles: refrigerate after opening.



footfootfoot  Friday Jun 23 11:06 PM

Not to put a damper on this thread drift by bringing us back to topic, and also well who the f am I kidding? I am a buzzkill. Listen, the correct term would be "running aground", beached is something different.
/nutkin



Kagen4o4  Saturday Jun 24 01:14 AM

youre a beach



Rock Steady  Saturday Jun 24 01:54 AM

Bringing back to topic, back in the "Web 1.0" bubble, my good friend, D wanted to buy a certain sports car but wanted to be sure if it would be able to climb his driveway into his home gargage well. So, he got a three day free trial and it worked out well for him.

I did a similar thing this month for a much cheaper used car Camry and they granted us a short term lease free. We drove it, had it inspected by our mechanic and it passed well. Mrs RS loves this car.



Griff  Sunday Jun 25 08:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
Not to put a damper on this thread drift by bringing us back to topic, and also well who the f am I kidding? I am a buzzkill. Listen, the correct term would be "running aground", beached is something different.
/nutkin
If the qualities of the vehicle in question were being allegorized as an ocean- going vessel my achene eating friend you would be correct. Unfortunately, the vehicle has been transformed metaphoricly into a semi-sentient ocean dwelling mammal capable of beaching himself for reasons unknown us who bath openly in schadenfreude. /UG


footfootfoot  Sunday Jun 25 08:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Griff
If the qualities of the vehicle in question were being allegorized as an ocean- going vessel my achene eating friend you would be correct. Unfortunately, the vehicle has been transformed metaphoricly into a semi-sentient ocean dwelling mammal capable of beaching himself for reasons unknown us who bath openly in schadenfreude. /UG
OK so we've anthropomorphised the landark into a landshark, I'll acceed your point. However the reason the thing beached itself was that the driver was a pussy and choked. Anyone who has seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", knows the way to take those hills is with the pedal on the far right mashed all the way to the floor. Momentum would have helped him clear the crest.

Granted, he'd probably not be driving shortly after his landing, but he'd not have made an IotD either probably. And in either case, I doubt he got a tip.


Rock Steady  Sunday Jun 25 09:06 PM

Actually, I met a guy that did just that in SF. He told me that it was not like in the movies where you go up in the air, land and keep going, no, you land, crunch and stop. And get a DUI.



footfootfoot  Sunday Jun 25 10:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock Steady
Actually, I met a guy that did just that in SF. He told me that it was not like in the movies where you go up in the air, land and keep going, no, you land, crunch and stop. And get a DUI.
Ed Zachary: Granted, he'd probably not be driving shortly after his landing,


MaggieL  Monday Jun 26 11:23 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rock Steady
In my neighborhood, little 3 BR houses sold for over $1MM this month. Where he lives away from jobs and such, $500,000 gets you a little 2-3 BR starter home.
Which is one reason why Silly Valley is a crappy place to site a tech company. The only people who think "that's where all the talent is" are the ones already stuck living there.


skysidhe  Monday Jun 26 12:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad

I had seen this one before axlrosen sent it along, but I'd seen it out of context. axl includes the link to The Consumerist, whose snarky take points out that this is a stretch SUV limo, and this is none other than anti-vehicle San Francisco.

"Taken in front of Goat Hill Pizza at 18th and Connecticut, in the Potrero Hill," they point out. "Proof that San Fran actually has structural defenses to debilitate encroachment by machines which don't run on the most efficient fuel of all: Love," they say. Yup, this additional level of irony pushes it over the edge, so to speak, and makes it your Cellar Image of the Day.
ha, I saw that the other day whilst 'stumbling' web pages. I didn't read to the 'love' part. I guess love isn't going to get it unstuck. So much for efficiency.


Rock Steady  Tuesday Jun 27 12:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaggieL
Which is one reason why Silly Valley is a crappy place to site a tech company. The only people who think "that's where all the talent is" are the ones already stuck living there.
Valley Envy is not attractive. I moved here from Pittsburgh as you know. There is plenty of software engineering talent in that city. There is virtually no high-tech sales, marketing, and mangement.

An early-stage tech company in the Silicon Valley can get a critical mass of people with relevant experience and good track records.


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