This Saturday: Travel Tavern Storytelling Show


You know him as Muni Diaries Live storyteller extraordinaire and haiku champion, and now you can see him at his own storytelling show this Saturday at the Elbo Room! Jesse James and Hostelling International are hosting an evening of travel stories, celebrating the wonders, annoyances, and oddities inherent in going somewhere new. Wonders, annoyances, and oddities? Sold.

Performers include Muni Diaries Live alums Kay DeMartini, Broke Ass Stuart, Gina Gold, and Tarin Towers, as well as Nate Blanchard and special musical guest Miss Sheldra.

Holiday attire is encouraged, so we’ll see you and your ugly sweaters (or fabulous sequin dresses) there!

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Travel Tavern: Home for the Holidays
Hostelling International USA
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7pm to 9pm
Elbo Room
647 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

The Muni “Golden” Seat

Serene Lusano

Artist Serene Lusano doodles on the bus and has identified the “golden seat” for people like her. This ideal seat is the “least visible to looky-loos” and has “less [sic] chances of ‘elbow disruption’ from fellow public transit riders.”

When I saw where Serene’s “golden seat” is, I realized that that actually is the seat I most prefer. What do you think is the best seat on the bus? (aside from “the one that’s not next to someone with body odor problems?”)

Impromptu Haiku as Muni Fare?


We know Muni inspires some pretty damn good haikus, but we didn’t expect these haikus to be used as bargaining chips on the bus! Muni rider Lisa M. tried to trade her haiku for a ride on the 28, and the Muni operator said no (and rightly so). But another rider, “Larry the football fan,” was charmed enough by Lisa’s impromptu ingenuity that he paid her fare for her. And here’s a photo of her ride-winning haiku, worth at least $2.25.

A case against umbrellas, on Muni and other places

Artist Dan Bransfield created this adorable animated short about why umbrellas are terrible: they poke you in the eye, drip water on your shoes, and always seem to get left behind. Muni even makes a cameo in the animated short film about why umbrellas are especially terrible on the bus. Dan also shows off his own rain-proof solution.

By the way, Dan makes another amusing print about San Francisco’s ever-so-fickle weather. Will somebody get me this print and a waterproof hoodie, please?

New homelessness awareness ads go up on Muni

Photo by Lynn Friedman

A new ad campaign designed to break stereotypes of homeless people is scheduled to go up on Muni buses and BART stations starting today, according to SFGate. The ad campaign was commissioned by the Coalition on Homelessness, and shows “clean, normally dressed, pleasant looking people who are homeless,” the SFGate post says.


The ads also include facts like “Most homeless S.F. residents were residents before they were homeless.” (According to the most recent homeless count, 61 percent of homeless people in the city were living in San Francisco when they became homeless.)

Another ad shows a mother holding a little girl with the line, “There are enough homeless children in San Francisco to fill 35 Muni buses.” (The school district estimates there are 2,100 homeless kids in the city’s public schools.)

“We want people to see pictures of people who are homeless and think, ‘Gee, that’s weird. They don’t look homeless to me,’” [Matthew] Gerring[, a coalition staffer] said. “We’re attempting to catch people off guard by getting at their heartstrings, which is how you change people’s minds.”

The ads will be up for about a month. Let us know if you see one and it causes you to rethink your attitudes toward the homeless in our city.