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
Plugging into the wisdom of the crowd, we now have the answer to, “When will the station escalator finally be fixed?” Above is the latest prediction via @urban_adventure.
BART rider @27suns saw another likely conclusion:
Here’s the final word on when the escalator will be restored. Put it on your calendar, everyone. Submitted by Amy at Capp Street Crap.
Oh, San Francisco, you’re adorably funny when you’re cranky.
What else did you spot on your commute today? Muni Diaries is entirely made of stories (and photos) from riders like you. Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to add your own diary entry of life in SF.
Muni Diaries Live is back on April 15 at the Elbo Room! All the best stories live on stage, and we are bringing back the haiku battle! Tickets on sale.
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.
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.
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:
Rider Katie Martin witnessed this jaw-dropping incident on Muni the other day. She took to Facebook with her story:
SOME WOMAN JUST TASERED THIS SACK OF HUMAN GARBAGE WHO WAS SEXUALLY HARASSING HER ON THE BUS AND I AM ROLLING!!! I literally laughed/cackled aloud. I’m worried for my soul. #thisisthebestday #myhero #notjusthello #pussygrabsback
Cold as ice, she just got up at her stop and stepped over his prone, twitching body and bounced. Several of us looked at each other like, “I dunno, should we help him?” And then collectively decided, “Nah” and returned to our phones.
Wow. Just…wow. A little internet research reveals that it is actually mostly legal to carry tasers in California. But if you don’t have one handy, a burrito makes a perfect weapon or comeback.
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Photo by @Torbakhopper