Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday Streets 1: Motorcade



On the way to the San Francisco Ferry Building for the third edition of Mayor Newsom's "Sunday Streets" initiative, our Market Street bus was trapped at Third and Market by a phalanx of policemen running interference for a dignitary's motorcade.



We got off the bus and were allowed to cross Third Street since the motorcade was taking its sweet time to appear. The funny gentlemen in the photo above yelled out to the police, "You really didn't have to do this for me, you know."



On a morning dedicated to streets for pedestrians rather than cars, it was more than a little ironic watching what was essentially a loud, belching motorcycle parade, with policemen yelling at all the pedestrians as if they were lowly peasants who should get out of the way of royalty.



A succession of black SUVs finally came barreling through the intersection, with our unnamed betters protected from the vermin on the sidewalks. I wonder who the San Francisco Police Department bills for this service. Muni?

6 comments:

zoo said...

that's what you get for not wanting to have coffee with me ahahaha

sfmike said...

Dear Pedro: Actually, it happened yesterday (Sunday). Parts two and three will be up soon.

cubbie said...

i love the guy hanging out the window in the last picture.

sfmike said...

Dear cubbie: He does rather look like a dog hanging his head out the car window, doesn't he?

Matty Boy said...

I must be more paranoid, but the guy hanging out the window looks like a trigger happy bodyguard to me.

"Guy with a camera, two o'clock! Code orange! Stop and apprehend!"

Note: I see you have word verification after the spam attack this weekend. Sestippa!

janinsanfran said...

Last time I saw one of those, the contents was Pelosi...