Hotter Than Hot! Muni Diaries Live’s Full Lineup

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In just two weeks, we’ll pack he Elbo Room for the second time this year for an evening of “Only in San Francisco” stories. The lineup for the next Muni Diaries Live features some damn sexy nerds, hot storytellers, San Francisco insiders, and more surprising tales than a morning ride on the 47-Van Ness (trust me). Advanced tickets are on sale now, so grab one before they disappear!

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Get ready for the next Muni Haiku Battle!

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We’re getting ever so close to the next Muni Haiku Battle at Muni Diaries Live, so it’s time to meet our challenger! Say hello to Ronn Vigh, comedian and former writer for E Television’s Fashion Police. Ronn will be bringing his best Muni 5-7-5s to the battle at Muni Diaries Live on Nov. 8. He’ll be battling our reigning champion Jesse James (that’s Jesse so graciously accepting his Flavor Flav-inspired Muni Haiku trophy necklace in the photo above?)

Ronn’s been writing some hilarious three-word tweets that describe his love life (er…”drier than California,” he says), so we can only imagine what he can do with 17 syllables.

Here’s Ronn at the Punchline:

Get your tickets now, and get ready to cheer for the next Muni Haiku champion!

I was riding the 14-Mission during Loma Prieta

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Of all the days you could get on the wrong bus, Karla Milosevich accidentally got on an express on Oct. 17, 1989, the day that the big one hit. Today is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and the website Earthquake Weather has been gathering stories about the quake. Here’s Karla’s:

I was working a temp job on the 12th floor of a downtown office on Spear Street, and had just gotten off work. I caught the 14 Mission bus to go to the café on Valencia Street where my sister worked, but accidentally boarded the express one, which was headed towards Daly City. I couldn’t get off before the freeway so I was standing in the crowded bus, holding the rail over my head, looking out the window and lamenting how much longer it was going to take me to get home.

We were stopped, waiting for a light, and then the bus kind of rolled and it sounded like metal on metal, I figured we were having an accident on the side I couldn’t see. It seemed like a car was scraping against the bus. But then I could also see a guy who had been asleep in his car– he woke up and was all startled. I was wondering about the connection because his car wasn’t touching the bus, then people started saying “Earthquake”, “That was an earthquake!”

We sat there for a few minutes, then got on the freeway anyway, business as usual. I got off as soon as I could, in the way outer Mission. Around then, all the buses stopped running, so there was no way to get back. This was before cell phones, so I started walking to the Mission. As it happened, this guy I know, Dave Cohen, happened to be driving by and gave me a ride home. That was pretty lucky! That’s when I started to hear about how much damage there was.

Were you on Muni during the ’89 earthquake? Tell your story to 1989Quake.com.