Hella cosmetics on the 14-Mission


Muni rider Daisy saw something, said something. Here’s what she saw, said:

I was taking the 14 to downtown and saw this man pulling hundreds of freshly stolen cosmetic items out of every pocket, cuff, sleeve, pant leg, etc. and putting them in a large green duffle bag. From the packaging, it looked like he had stolen from Walgreens… maybe in the Excelsior where I got on? After watching for several minutes, I walked up to the driver and told him that I wanted to report suspicious activity but the driver ignored me and acted like he didn’t know what I was saying. I even pointed the guy out to the driver and he acted like he couldn’t do anything about it. Doesn’t Muni have an announcement every fucking minute to report any suspicious or dangerous activity???

Yes, Daisy, they do. You done right.

Think twice next time you buy your mascara on the streets, guys.

Video: H.P. Mendoza and his ukulele pay homage to old Mission theaters

We really had no idea what was in store when H.P. Mendoza told us he was going to bring his ukulele with him when he returned to the stage at Muni Diaries Live. Boy were we all in for a treat.

Around 2:01, H.P. shared his amazing childhood journal technique, gluing Muni transfers to the pages to denote the date:

He then serenaded (yes, serenaded) us in the most charming way with a song about a bygone era in San Francisco, as seen from inside the 14-Mission. Captured in full in the video above, the song begins around 2:45. Lyrics below.
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Muni Gladiators: Throwdown 2013

Photo by eviloars

There’s an important score to settle here, folks, and we need your help.

Last week on the Muni Diaries Facebook page, we asked you:

Which line would win in a fight? (click links for diaries about that line)

49-Van Ness

No official tally has been taken yet, although we saw some creative and entertaining responses. Karen says, “The things I’ve seen in 14 cannot be unseen.” It’s fair to say that the 14-Mission leads the pack, with the 19-Polk perhaps a bus-length behind.

We cannot complete this survey without putting it to a vote here. So, tell us who you’re putting your money on. And if your answer is “other,” let us know which route you’d choose.


Take THAT, Muni phone thief!

muni cell phone by jeremy brooks
Photo by Jeremy Brooks

MissionMission’s Helen Tseng wrote about her scary experience getting mugged on Muni. She ran after the suspect to get her phone back, in what followed to be an even more frightening experience. From Helen’s blog:

I was on my way to the Needles & Pens anniversary show, and BART was delayed due to that naked guy fiasco, so I hopped on a 14 and took my phone out of my pocket to let a friend know that I would be late. Then, as the bus pulled over to the 23rd and Mission stop, a scary man ripped my phone out of my hands and ran off the bus with it.
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Santa Santa vs. Santa Dating Service Gal


Santa rides Muni, duh, and not just for Santacon, either.

Eagle-eyed Muni rider Melinda spotted Santa on a 14 recently, amusingly placed above a lady Santa who thinks she can get you a date. Or maybe she is your date? She’s going to look really silly in that hat after today.

From all of us to all of y’alls, have a great holiday. Beware of holiday drunks (including yourself), and remember that Muni is your chariot if you’ve downed too much cheer.

Buses Return to Mission Street Saturday

Photo by Torbakhopper

The 14, 14L, and 49 are heading back on their normal Mission Street routes starting this Saturday. These lines were rerouted in early March to make way for road work. The Department of Public Works told MissionLocal that some of the improvements include new bus bulbs at the 24th Street BART plaza, curb ramps along Mission Street, as well as underground repairs of gas lines, earthquake-resistant pipes, and water mains. The DPW also repaved Mission street between 16th Street and Cesar Chavez.

MissionLocal also reports that the SFMTA used the rerouting to see if the temporary route was actually better than the original route.

For now, it’s back to our old familiar bus stops along Mission Street again.


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