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.
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.
Just last week, we told you about a Muni bus that was sighted before the route itself officially went online. Today, friend of Muni Diaries Cara alerted us to this otherworldly sighting of a honest-to-goodness 4-Sutter bus. The 4-Sutter line was discontinued in 2009 along with several other Muni routes.
Here’s what Cara had to say: “Hey #sf @sfmta_muni geeks – look what was following my 3-Jackson up Sutter!”
It’s settled: I didn’t really believe in ghosts until this.
Couple catching a nap, by Kubrick, circa 1946
Photo via Danny Howard
Before Stanley Kubrick achieved directorial fame, he loved taking photos of life on public transit, just like you do! In 1947, Kubrick was on assignment for LOOK magazine documenting the intimate life of passengers on the New York City Subway for two weeks. As it turns out, his photos are eerily reminiscent of pictures from Muni Diaries contributors over the years. Here are a few gems:
Reading the newspaper on the subway, by Kubrick, circa 1946:
Reading the newspaper on Muni:
Photo via rmckeon
Fashionable footwear on the subway, by Kubrick, circa 1946:
Fashionable footwear on Muni:
Photo by Jessie Johnson
The rest of Kubrick’s subway photos are at Bored Panda, including some adorable 1940s young subway riders. Celebs and public transit riders: They’re just like us!
What do you think of harps? I’m lukewarm, myself. I think it’s the visual. Like, if I could just hear their music but not have to watch people actually play them, I’d be okay.
Via Muni rider Khmera: “guy playing the #harp on #SFMuni… he was pretty good. #AsianGrandma wasn’t having it though.”