Last week to see cable car documentary at the Balboa

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Only one more week to see a rare documentary on San Francisco’s most iconic transit mode: the cable car. “San Francisco Cable Cars,” a documentary by local filmmaker Strephon Taylor, is playing at the adorable Balboa Theatre until next Thursday, March 30.

Taylor has made many popular historic documentaries, and this one is perfect for transit and history buffs. From SFGate:

His latest is “San Francisco Cable Cars,” with interviews and rare photos and video documenting the advancement of cable car technology in the 1800s, the influence of Gold Rush miner Andrew Smith Hallidie and efforts to save the landmark system in the 20th century.

Catch the documentary at the Balboa (movie times here).

Want more cable car historic gems?

Adorable 1960s sign for a retiring cable car driver
Awesome vintage clips about the fight to save the cable cars
Cable car rings with Bank of America protesters

Muni rider arrested for lighting passenger’s hair on fire


Police arrested a Muni rider for setting a woman’s hair on fire on the bus, reports SFist. A new nightmare for those of us with long (flammable?) hair, the suspect got onto the bus near Eighth and Market, reports SFist, and here’s what happened:

Police say that a 37-year-old man who was seated behind the victim pulled out a lighter and set the victim’s hair on fire, then fled the scene. He was later located, police say, and was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.

The victim was not injured (physically, that is).

Perhaps related: Top 10 WTF Muni Moments of 2016.

Renegade plant decor at Van Ness Station

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Who hasn’t gone into mid-commute HGTV mode and wondered: How would I spruce up this Muni Metro station?

Eagle-eyed reporter Vivian Ho (@ohvivho) spotted this easy home-decor fix on the Van Ness Station platform — the rollable potted plant really brings the room together, I think.

The Muni Diaries Instagram account is awaiting your submission! Tag us w/#munidiaries to submit your own slice of life.

Vivian will be telling a story at Muni Diaries Live on April 15, by the way! If you haven’t gotten a ticket for the show yet, they’re on sale now.

Muni Diaries Live: Full Lineup Announced!


Twice a year, we bring Muni Diaries to life at the Elbo Room. There, you can hear true, hilarious tales from everyday riders like yourself. For our upcoming show on April 15, we’re bringing back our popular Muni Haiku Battle: a 5-7-5 syllabic showdown featuring our reigning champion, Baruch Porras-Hernandez. Watch him defend his crown (or rather, glorious headband) with these other stellar storytellers. Tickets are on sale now, so grab a ticket today and put us in your calendar of fun.

Our full lineup:
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1950’s Muni baseball team is nothing short of amazing

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Did you know that in the 1950’s, Muni had its own baseball team? The uniforms alone are amazing. We found this vintage gem via the SFMTA Photo Archive (which you should definitely follow). Check out their Muni baseball caps and jackets!

Speaking of team-building activities, Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library once featured the “Muni Drum & Bugle Corps” at Lost Landscapes of San Francisco. I’m still on the hunt for anyone who knows more about this marching band of yore.

Castro senior takes Muni to poetic heights


Poetry is not easy, but Muni provides enough angst and fodder that one man at the Castro Senior Center wrote a poem all about our favorite love-hate mode of transportation. “Why can’t they be on time; If they were I wouldn’t have to whine.” Ain’t that the truth.

Straight from the Muni Diaries submission box to you, by rider Tom Barton.

Here’s a poem that I wrote for the Castro Senior Center where I go.


10 Muni Buses all in a Row
By Tom Barton


10 Muni buses all in a row
everyone’s wondering why it’s so slow
The driver wonders why all the fuss
of course it’s because there has been no bus


Now there is an app for the next bus to come
Yea, but how can I trust it so I don’t have to run
It tells you what to expect
But sometimes it’s a guess


Muni Metro ever so slow
when it will come nobody knows

Muni metro screwed up again
When will it ever end
Another breakdown, another delay
Maybe I should find another way


Muni Metro comes in a bunch
There’s been a breakdown I have a hunch


When I’m in a hurry I have to wait
Why are they many times so late
So Why can’t they be on time
If they were I wouldn’t have to whine


The Muni’s not perfect we know that’s true
So why are we always turning blue
If only we knew what to expect
We wouldn’t always get so upset.


A fare increase, 25 (cents), what the heck
Another quarter in your pocket, please check


With Muni we can always hope for the best
And with hopes that it won’t be another mess

Poetry seems to stem from transit riders, even resulting in a haiku battle between LA Metro and our own BART. Next time a rhyming urge strikes you, tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Our email inbox is always open!

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