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In this corner, Muni Haiku challenger’s kickass streetcar tattoo

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The Muni Haiku Battle is set to resume its ferocity eight days from now, as syllable-slinger Ronn Vigh squares off against first-time contestant Katie (who also happens to be one-third of the musical group Mesquite and Mustard, but more about that later.) Katie sent us her boat tram tattoo after seeing some other Muni tattoos we posted a few weeks ago. This has to count for something, right?

A week from tomorrow, you can watch Katie and her skin art take on Ronn for what promises to be the most exciting, nail-biting, side-splitting hilarious moments you’ll live to witness (until the next time). Did you get advance tickets to Muni Diaries Live on April 18 yet? Advanced tickets are sold out, but we’ve saved some spots for a few door tickets. Get there early!

Muni: Where baseball and unicorns collide seamlessly

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We’re a San Francisco Giants kind of people here at Muni Diaries. But, contrary to certain belief systems (The Church of Being an Oakland A’s Fan), you can root root root for both home teams unless it’s 1989 and you’re busy being terrified during an earthquake. I was eight, and that shit was scary.

That said, I adore this backpack, which was a 2014 A’s promotional giveaway designed by actual A’s players. MLB.com had some insider-baseball (see what we did there) history into the why, but we tapped one of our go-to A’s fans, Ericka, for more colorful fan perspective:

A lot of teams make the bullpen rookies [ed. note: rookie relief pitchers] do silly stuff like dress up or carry around a crazy bag. The A’s had a Hello Kitty backpack Sean Doolittle carried with pride his rookie season. The next season, they got a Despicable Me unicorn backpack, but it didn’t fit all the stuff they needed (necessities like candy and seeds) so they attached it to the original Hello Kitty, creating an absolute abomination in the best way. It was silly, the fans loved it, and it fit so perfectly with the whole Island of Misfit Toys mentality the A’s have, they decided to make a promo out of it. Doolittle and Ryan Cook designed it. The actual player photos on the backpack are the perfect size to be covered with a small, round button (I hexed out Jim Johnson almost immediately because he’s the g-d worst) so as the guys move on through the revolving door that is Oakland baseball, you can modify without losing the integrity of the unicorn. It’s definitely one of my favorite promotions ever.

My takeaway is that Oakland blasted San Francisco out of its irony orbit with a backpack Lisa Frank would’ve crapped her pants to design. Well done, A’s. Well done.

h/t Muni rider Annette: “Sighting: anyone care to explain this unicorn backpack with baseball player vignettes? #idontsports #icanteven”

Join us at Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, April 18, for a night of true, hilarious, weird, and sweet stories that can only happen on Muni! Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

The true face of waiting in the rain for Muni

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We’d been holding onto this one since the last time it rained. Yeah, we don’t remember exactly when that was, either.

In any case, Muni rider Bitter Giants Fan graciously shared this with the Intertubes. “Nobody is happy waiting for #SFMuni in this rain…”

Correct!

Join us at Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, April 18, for a night of true, hilarious, weird, and sweet stories that can only happen on Muni! Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

Elderly pineapple gets its own seat on Muni

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Until they have a formal lobby fighting for their rights, what are senior citizen pineapples supposed to do?

Via Poloroid SF: “Won’t you please give this seat to the elderly or disabled or a pineapple.”

Join us at Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, April 18, for a night of true, hilarious, weird, and sweet stories that can only happen on Muni! Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

New Muni mural going up on 18th Street

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A new mural is in progress on 18th Street at Mission, and your beloved $2.25 daily chariot is featured front and center! In this photo by @milesgallery on Instagram (taken yesterday), George is busying painting a Muni bus as part of the mural next to City Smoke.

Lots of street art in the city features the bus, like this one on Balmy Alley and this one on 21st Street and Mission. If you pass by George’s work this week, don’t forget to take a photo and tag us on Instagram.

Riders coin new Muni vocabulary words

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Can you define these new vocabulary terms invented on Muni this week? Hot off of the Twitter universe, you’ve made the English language ever more colorful this week.

1. Brospreading: that laptop guy taking up two seats. As in:

2. Kanywannabe: guy giving you that Kanye gaze. As in:

3. Schadensomething: peculiar joy that you can only get on Muni. As in:

Oh, and bonus cutie pie dog bear photo by @jcxxxxxx.