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May the Fourth be with you, on Muni and everywhere

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What is that you say? Star Wars Day on a year in which a Star Wars movie will premiere? Why yes. Yes!

Let this post, a roundup of all the times Star Wars has intersected our Muni universe, serve as homage to the entire franchise.

(above) May the N-Judah be with you
Photo Diary: Staging Star Wars on Muni
Star Wars box on Muni
Chewbacca is concerned about your Muni etiquette
Boba Fett on Muni Metro
It’s a trap!

Photo via 7×7

Video: SF native Yayne Abeba shares Muni life lessons

Did you know there was a movie theater on 17th Ave. and Geary that used to play lots of children’s films? That was just one of the destinations that this Muni Diaries Live storyteller would see on her Muni journeys growing up in San Francisco. Comedian and native San Franciscan Yayne Abeba started riding Muni by herself when she was 7, along with all her relatives ages 1 to 6.

“Muni was our baby sitter, and I learned a lot of life lessons on it,” she says. As a child, you could find Yayne dancing and singing her way around San Francisco with the San Francisco Children’s Opera. In 1995, she began studying with Jean Shelton at the Jean Shelton actor’s lab. She was bitten by the comedy bug in 1999 at Tony Spark’s Luggage Store.
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Starting in June, Muni stories from SF supervisors?

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Some of our district supervisors might have a Muni story or two starting this summer. Muni riders from the San Francisco Transit Riders Union have challenged San Francisco supervisors and the mayor to take Muni for 22 days straight starting in June, making good on a ballot measure passed 22 years ago. Could there be a Muni Diaries story from one of these supervisors in the near future? We hope so.

In 1993, San Francisco voters passed Proposition AA: “City officials and full-time employees [shall] travel to and from work on public transit at least twice a week.” But the proposition was never enacted upon until now. So far, supervisors Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, John Avalos, David Campos, Julie Christensen, Eric Mar, Mark Farrell, and London Breed have told the transit rider union that they are going to participate.

SFTRU’s Ilyse Magy told us that when Supervisor Avalos spoke up during the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday, he composed what almost sounded like a poem for the occasion:

“I will commit to 22 days Excelsior style. I will hop on the 8X, wait
or rather waint for the 52. I will mingle and rub elbows on the 14
Mission, will imagine the cross town freedom of the 43. And finally I
will pray when I ride the J Church that I don’t get switched back on.”

Magy said that the “waint” is apparently reference to a mural in his district called “Wainting for the 52.” Avalos for the next Muni Haiku Battle, perhaps?

Photo by @sfodutch

With a little help from my friends on Muni

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Sometimes taking the bus is just a good reality check that even strangers have your back. Here are a couple of people bringing the real world to you on Muni:

  • Super nice guy on #SFMuni pointed out MAC pop up shop as we passed cuz he noticed I was putting on MAC makeup. What a doll
  • Guy leaning into the 71: “Everyone on this bus needs to quit their job and freak out.” O.o
  • All it takes is one #SFMuni ride to raise your level of compassion or to erase it completely.
  • OH on #SFMuni: an older woman asking people, “can you give me some advice? What should I do for the rest of my life?”

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Photo by Insa Keilbach