Your #TGIF Weekend Transit Advisory: Holiday Muni schedule, Chinatown New Year Run, construction

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President’s Day Holiday Muni Service

Monday, February 20 (President’s Day Holiday): Muni service will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Chinatown New Year Run

Sunday, February 19: The Chinatown New Year Run will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by a festival in Portsmouth Square.

For more event details, visit http://www.chineseparade.com/ymca.asp.

The race route will begin on Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street, travel along Grant Avenue, west on Pacific Avenue, north on Stockton Street, east on North Point Street and south-east onto The Embarcadero. The race route will continue along The Embarcadero, west on Washington Street, south on Battery Street, west on Pine Street and north on Kearny Street to Clay Street.

The following street closures will be required from 7 to 9:30 a.m.:

  • Grant Avenue between Pine Street and Pacific Avenue
  • Pacific Avenue between Grant Avenue and Stockton Street
  • Stockton Street (northbound traffic lane only) between Pacific Avenue and North Point Street
  • North Point Street (eastbound traffic lane only) between Stockton Street and southbound Embarcadero
  • Southbound Embarcadero (bike lane and one traffic lane only) between North Point and Washington streets
  • Washington Street (one westbound traffic lane only) between southbound Embarcadero and Battery Street
  • Battery Street (most westerly traffic lane only) between Washington and Pine streets
  • Pine Street (most northerly traffic lane only) between Battery Street and Grant Avenue
  • Kearny Street (most easterly parking lane and traffic lane only) between Pine and Clay streets

The following street closures will be required from 6 to 11 a.m.:

  • Walter U. Lum Place between Washington and Clay streets

The following Muni line and routes will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • 1 California
  • 8 Bayshore
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 30 Stockton
  • 39 Coit
  • 45 Union-Stockton

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Having your first kiss … on Muni

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Whether you’re a happy observant of Valentine’s Day or you’d rather set fire to photos of your ex, today’s Muni Diaries episode is probably something we can all get behind. Local filmmaker Ariel Dovas shared the story of his first kiss, and because he’s a San Francisco native, of course this happened on Muni! Cue all the jitters, nerves, and where-do-I-put-my-lips moments.

Ariel was kind enough to dig up some old photos of himself. Teenage awkwardness seems completely adorable now.

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Ariel is also the creative director at BAYCAT (Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology) and co-founder of the collaborative art space The Secret Alley. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live at the Make-Out Room on April 22, 2011.

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Bad Books Party, featuring books too embarrassing to read on Muni

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What books would you be too embarrassed to read on Muni? Fifty Shades of Grey? The Da Vinci Code? This Saturday, we will be at Green Apple Books On the Park, putting aside our dignity to do a dramatic reading of awesomely terrible books (that you probably shouldn’t read in public).

In case you’re wondering where to get the book in the photo above (from Bored Panda), I hate to disappoint you, but this is comedian Scott Rogoswky, who made some hilarious fake book covers to read on the New York City subway. Mmm. What wouldn’t I do for a dramatic reading of “101 Penis-Lengthening Tips”?

J.W. Friedman and Chris Collision, the funny hosts of the popular podcast I Don’t Even Own a Television, will be bringing a selection of their favorite (and least favorite!) bad books to read from.

Special guests (who are bringing their own selection of terrible books):

… and Muni Diaries editor Eugenia, representing nine years of cringe moments on the bus, thanks to y’all.

Bonus: Bring your own bad books for a round of Bad Books Russian Roulette!

Bad Books Party
Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.—9 p.m.
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave. in San Francisco

Try body-shaming someone on Muni and the whole bus will stand up for you

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You know all the witty comebacks that you wish you could have said in an argument, ones that only become clear to you after it’s all over? Muni rider Cynthia Pollock doesn’t have that kind of FOMO. In fact, in this morning Muni fight, she said everything we wish we could say.

From Cynthia:

‪Morning Muni altercation. A woman said she thought it was hot on the bus, and this guy said maybe if you lose some weight you wouldn’t be so hot. A bunch of women sitting nearby said something, but I went off.

I wasn’t going to hear some body-shaming misogynistic asshole making someone feel bad. Not first thing in the morning. Not on Muni. And for damn sure not on one of my home lines.

I told the bus driver on him. Then he says, you probably voted for Hillary.

And then it was on.

I was like if you don’t like progressives you can take your effing Trump voting asshole self somewhere else. I screamed at him with everything I had until I got off at my stop.

And then, probably not my best final comment, but I ended with a triumphant “I hope you get kicked off the bus.” Because, transit nerd.

How’s that for no-FOMO argument? Cynthia was also a performer at the last Muni Diaries Live, where she and her husband Jeremy re-enacted their now-famous Muni crow incident. It looks like in addition to being the “crow lady on Muni,” Cynthia can now add “Not on my home line” to her title!

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Photo by @sarakking.

Casual Friday look, with bird attachment

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It’s not like I like creeping on people, but when you see style this good, can you really help it but sneak a snap in? Thanks to @commutelife, here’s the best look of the day. I have no idea where this gentleman is going, but I definitely want to be his friend.

And here’s another classic Muni hairstyle that deserves our respect.

Happy Friday, everybody.

Oh P.S.: Have you downloaded the Muni Diaries podcast yet? Here we are on iTunes and Google Play (or use this RSS link). Listen, rate, share!

ICYMI: Sriracha comes in travel size for your Muni needs

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In case you missed it, your favorite hot sauce is ready for all your travel needs.

Muni rider Derek sends in this important consumer reminder:

Some time ago I was riding home on an outbound 38 Geary. As I took in my surroundings I happened to glance what at first I thought was a little bottle of hand sanitizer. On a closer look I saw that it had the coloring and logo of siracha (sp?) sauce. I just had to ask the guy who’s backpack it was clipped to if it was what I thought it was and he said that yes, it was siracha sauce!

He said that he’d bought it on Amazon for adding some more kick to falafal.

Just hope he doesn’t one day get it mistaken for Purel and rub his hands near his eyes.

Mmmmmm. Handy!

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