Meaningful conversation with a minion on Muni

Overheard conversations are even better when it’s between two unlikely new friends. Here’s one such moment, reported by Muni rider David Ngo (@design_0_0 on Instagram).

Can’t believe what I witnessed today on the SF muni. A weird but beautiful moment:
“Where are you from?”
“Kuwait”
“I’m Jewish but I grew up with all Muslim friends.”
“I’m Muslim. But what is this?”
“I’m a minion. My name is Stuart.”
“Oh I have seen this film. You can still be Muslim in your heart even if you are born Jewish.”
“Yes I believe we are all the same”
“Thank you. I like the way you think. Goodbye Minion”
“Goodbye. maʿ al-salāmah”

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Animating Muni in 30 seconds

Designer Pablo Stanley (@pablostanley) rides Muni just like the rest of us, but he can animate a scene on Muni in under 30 seconds!

Well ok, maybe there’s a little time-lapse magic in the video, but it’s pretty cool to see this process nonetheless. And we definitely appreciate the blue tinted world that he painted here.

We’ve seen other impressive artistic endeavors, some done right on the bus, like artist Avner Geller who shares a video about what it’s like to draw people on Muni, or this clip by Lev Yilmaz comparing Muni riders to those who he had seen on the Boston T.

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World-weary, wag-worthy pups on Muni

We stop and drop everything when “distinguished” and “Muni” show up in the subject line. Per sender-inner D:
I was on the 33 on my way to Carnaval when I spotted this little guy. He was so relaxed and regal at the same time. I asked the owner if he was still a puppy and he said, “Oh no he’s a good 5 years old!” I wanted to snap a pic of his owner too since they actually looked alike with their gray (white?) hair but was too shy to ask.
If that doesn’t float your boat (??!) there is always a good old-fashioned dog in a bag, from our good friend Amy at Capp Street Crap.

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The kindness of strangers on BART: Ties that bind

File this under “I Like People Again.”

A young man on BART was desperately trying to tie his tie on BART and failing, until a fellow passenger asked him if he needed help. Redditors captured this sweet moment when the kind passenger, BART ticket in her mouth, helped him with his tie. Infinite hats off to people who know how to tie a tie on someone else, mirror-image style.

This moment made lots of the commenters on Reddit reminisce about how they first learned to tie a tie, and all the people in your life who helped you with the tricky little details in life.

In other “people are all right” news:

Thanks for the tip, @CMRforall!

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Humanity spotted on Muni: She’s a lady(bug)


Pic by Flickr user chriss

In our early days (oof, more than nine years ago), we focused our storytelling and story-gathering energies on the written word, a story you’d tell to the happy-hour crowd after seeing or hearing god-knows-what on the journey over.

As the times changed and more photos and videos found their way into our inbox — and as our “inbox” expanded to include that social media you kids are always on — we came to appreciate a good written yarn even more than usual. Take it away, Bram.

I was traveling on the 7 bus recently from Haight St. to downtown, which I use almost daily. It is truly a smorgasbord of life, with many overcooked people yelling, shouting and not being particularly civilized. That is OK, but it certainly hardens you.

Across from me was a woman with a backpack on her lap. I noticed she had a company ID in her hand and was trying to encourage an object onto her plastic ID. It was a ladybug.

She pushed, asked and begged until it made its way onto the plastic. She then gently placed the card under a seat, so Lady would not be crushed by feet, and waited until she walked to freedom.

Me, would have flicked it out the window, onto the next seat or aisle and not thought twice about it.

I got off before her. Turned to her and said, thanks for putting my faith back into humanity.

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Has Muni got your goat?

Sounds about right.

All puns aside, sender-inner Emily treated us to a delightful scene over at Muni’s Presidio Division: your standard, so-very-SF web of overhead bus wires, sleeping Muni coaches, AND GOATS, OMG!

In addition to feeding our Muni menagerie obsession, goats are a tried-and-true vegetation management technique. In fact, the fine, well-horned staff of City Grazing was recently spotted on Twin Peaks, doing their part (nomming delicious, delicious weeds) for this year’s Pink Triangle event.

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