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SF mom: Taking Muni alone is good for kids

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I’ve always loved how urban kids seem to have a unique worldview. This week, a San Francisco mom wrote about what taking Muni alone has done for her 11-year-old daughter. From SFGate:

After my daughter started taking San Francisco’s Muni train alone last summer at age 11 (and four months to be exact), I noticed a change in her step. As she walked down the hill from our house to the J stop, she moved her legs methodically and with determination. That floppy childish gait and tendency to meander along the sidewalk, stopping to pick up the random leaf or odd trinket, was gone. She was now walking in a straight line and held her head high.

The writer goes on to say that the “independent sojourns through the city gave [her] daughter a new confidence and she was suddenly tuned into her surroundings. She first learned to look both ways before crossing the street at age 3, but now she was actually doing it because she’d become fully responsible for her own well-being.” When growing up in San Francisco means learning your ABCs from Muni, it’s super cool to hear about how kids gain their air of confidence from experiences like the ones Muni has in store for us all.

P.S. Parents had lots to say about Muni when we surveyed them for helpful tips for kids riding the bus, from toddlers (tip: be polite like this apologetic dad) to teenagers (tip: get a cellphone and don’t do this). Got more tips and stories? We want to know!

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Photo by tedd4u

Missed Connection with N-Judah photobomber

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N-Judah rider Rachel was framing that perfect candid Instagram photo on the Muni platform (you know, rule of thirds in a perfect square, yada yada) when this guy in the train decided to wave hello. Our hearts stopped because this is just the kind of dorky cute gesture that romcoms should be made of.

From Rachel:

Missed Connection: We locked eyes at Powell Station last week as I attempted to take an Instagram-worthy picture of the crowded N-Judah. You photo-bombed my candid and I blushed. You could have been my best friend. We could have shared a pizza or laughed about old times over IPAs or discussed House Of Cards or gone to Fort Funston. But now all we have is this cropped memory.

Dear photobomber, who are you?

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Muni appears in tattoo declaring love of San Francisco

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Hot on the heels of our post yesterday about a guy whose tattoo honors his Muni-driving grandfather, Muni rider Matt sent us the following explanation.

Keeping with the theme of Muni tattoos, here’s another one to add to your collection.

I’m a transplant but fell in love with this city immediately upon moving here. I’ve decided I’ll die here one day. My sleeve is a tribute to the things in the city that played a part in my swooning for SF. The F line is one of the coolest things ever.

It’s not the first F-Market tattoo we’ve seen: This post was about an F-Market tattoo with the words, “The city is my sweetheart” inscribed below the streetcar.

Keep ‘em coming, Muni and SF lovers!

Tattoo honors Muni driver grandfather

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This blows me away on so many levels. I’ll just leave it here for you to be blown away by.

“William Ochoa, popular driver of the Municipal Railway’s No. 37-Corbett line, was named the June “Muni Man” of the month yesterday. Ochoa, 49, who holds two safe-driving awards, join the [sic] Muni in 1947″

Check out these other rad Muni tattoos:
Another Muni worm tattoo surfaces
Muni Transfer Tattoo Honors Family, Bernal Heights
Muni Tattoos Revisited
Hey, That’s My Tattoo! Girl Reunites With Her Muni Tattoo

h/t: Mo’ Better Tattooing: “Tattoo of an article his grandfather was in. Year 1964, he has been a Muni Bus driver for 30years straight and has not missed one day of work!”

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On Muni, Please hold on . . .

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Please hold on, indeed: especially when the cargo is this precious. Sudden stops (of my HEART) might also be necessary. I don’t have anything for the “take one” sign, because as much as I’d like to, it might make this guy and his dog sad.

Many Muni riders say dog is their copilot on local transit. Some might even say cat is their copilot, while others might say “a motherfucking lizard is chilling on 6-Parnassus and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for making it so.”

h/t for the most current cuteness to Muni rider schapi