Illustration by Jenifer Wofford
Do you remember where you were when the big one hit in 1989? Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and Jenifer Wofford
of Earthquake Weather has been gathering stories about the quake. Stories on her site are accompanied by her wonderful illustrations such as the one above. San Franciscan Gabe Wachob happened to be riding the 54-Felton that fateful evening. Here’s his story.
On the evening of Oct 17, 1989, I was a 16 year old senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School. When the earthquake hit, I was on the 54 Felton on my way home after a late day at school (why I was going home at 5, I don’t remember). It was a normal day, except abnormally hot as we all know, except about 2 minutes after we crossed Mission (on Persia), while at a stop, someone started trying to tip the old bus over. Or so we thought. It was a strange experience – those old diesel buses were not exactly lightweight… When I looked up (during the shaking) I saw “standing waves” in the electricity lines above. I knew it was an earthquake.
The bus continued on the route – I don’t think we knew the magnitude of what had happened. It was clear, as we continued on, that it was a serious event, however. Driving through a part of town with 2 story stucco-d houses with garages on the first floor, we could see big cracks in the stucco around almost every garage.
Todd Lappin of Bernalwood photographed an amazing series of transit ruins at Muni’s Marin Division Yard. These defunct streetcars are either waiting for restoration or to be taken apart piecemeal to restore other vehicles active in the fleet, Todd writes in his Medium story. The images are spooky and stunning, and you should definitely venture over to his photo story to see more.
t/t: the ever-wonderful CurbedSF.
Says videographer Lindsay on Instagram:
“Oh my shit, it’s 1988.”
Some things—Bush, Sr.’s “read my lips” speech chief among them—are best left in 1988. Other things—A Fish Called Wanda, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and rapping along with one’s boom box on public transit—are absolutely not.
I especially enjoy how the boom-box toting Muni Metro rapper is, maybe intentionally, rapping at the guy on the iPad ignoring him.
Let’s play Name That Tune. Go!
Photo by faern
Muni rider faern sent in this perfect little slice of San Francisco city life at the Church and Duboce Muni stop. She says:
A trombone. A guitar. Two skateboarders. A hippie on a bike doing circles. People in suits waiting for the train and a whole lotta annoyed bicyclists #life at #thebusstop #muni
Got your own very SF moment today? Send it over on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook – just tag @munidiaries.
Photo by Neerav Bhatt
Be safe out there! See you next week.
Photo by gladysf
Sick of the sickout? Same here. Enjoy these five gorgeous photos of San Francisco looking pretty, and maybe it’ll help you forget that on Monday morning when two packed 2-Clement buses pass you by and you have an 8 a.m. meeting.
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