Muni Fiction: An Adventure on the 48-Quintara

18 quintara muni by sfmuni

Lately, I’ve been inspired by today’s young people. One example: After all the gloom of last Friday, I went to see a high school play all about protest. It was incredibly uplifting to see these kids getting passionate and active about whatever cause inspires them.

Later that day, we got a submission from Stella, a self-proclaimed 8th grader. “Hi. I have commuted to James Lick Middle School on the 48 for 3 years. This is a short story I wrote about a fictional middle schooler riding the bus.” The theme of awesome youngsters continues for me.

Here is Stella’s story. More of this, please!

“48” (PDF)

A Muni moral quandary: Nail polish vs. BBQ cancer?

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All the important issues of the day get their time under the glow of lights on Muni. All of them.

Muni rider Laura filled us in on the latest over on the Muni Diaries Facebook page:

“The setting: the 48 Quintara headed for Noe Valley. A passenger whips out her nail polish and begins a manicure next to my mom, who is deathly allergic to the stuff. Mom asks her, politely, to stop. The passenger ignores Mom and finishes her nails. But wait, there’s more: the driver, who is going off shift, strikes up a conversation with Ms. Manicure: he’s going to spend his vacay barbecuing red meat. The divine Ms. M goes off: BBQ is carcinogenic, she says. I ask you, gentle reader: what is more harmful, a BBQ or an aerosolized cocktail of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)? Just sayin’…”

You know the saying: It takes all types.

Photo by Paul Sullivan

Photo Diary: Modified Google Bus Stop

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Reader Chris F. sent in this photo of a modified Google bus stop and said, “Seen at the 48 Muni Bus stop at Valencia And 24th. The love is gone. Apparently.”

Actually, I think the love left approximately as early as August 2012, according to a Muni driver, and it’s been so long ago that there is already a spoof of the breakup.

Remember the good old days when even Android robots rode Muni?

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