The count down begins! Muni Diaries Live returns on Nov. 3

Just one more week until we bring you the fall Muni Diaries Live show to the stage at Rickshaw Stop! You have tickets, right?

Every show we marvel at how everyday bus riders, comedians, and bus drivers come together to celebrate that Bay Area transit life. We can’t wait to bring you all the funny, weird, poignant, and always true stories about every San Franciscan’s favorite love-hate relationship: Muni! And we’ll be bringing back the Muni Haiku Battle, where reigning champion Wonder Dave faces challenger Kristee Ono. You don’t want to miss this! 

Get your tickets and invite your friends. See you at the show!

Broke-Ass Stuart opens up about 20 years of documenting SF

If you’ve lived in San Francisco for any length of time, you can’t not know Broke-Ass Stuart. Stuart Schuffman has been writing about San Francisco for two decades, and he is celebrating the occasion on Oct. 13 with a big 20th Anniversary Party. He started the journey as a way to become a travel writer, and he’s become quite the San Francisco local celeb, even running for mayor at one point.

To mark the anniversary, Stuart also published a new zine called Slouching Towards Neverland (where are my Joan Didion fans at?), available to buy at the anniversary party. Stuart says that the zine contains a never-before-published story that he shared nearly ten years ago at Muni Diaries Live about meeting his first love on the 71 bus!

We took the opportunity to chat with Stuart to find out what’s going better in San Francisco since he started writing, how he’s grown his Patreon in challenging times, and the behind-the-scenes story of his most popular TikTok video.

Listen to his story:

Meet the newest editors in the Muni Diaries crew

We are excited to introduce two awesome people who are joining the Muni Diaries crew to make this quirky diary of city living even more fun. If you are a part of the local Transit Twitter community, you are probably already familiar with their names: Kat Siegal and Sarah Katz-Hyman are joining the Muni Diaries Crew as our new editors! 

We’ve always admired Kat and Sarah’s deep knowledge of public transit, their local activism, and their love for this city. I feel so fortunate that as Muni Diaries grows into its teenage years, we are keeping the storytelling strong by adding two incredibly thoughtful (and witty) San Franciscans to the crew. 

Here’s more about Kat and Sarah, in their own words:

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Arriving: Muni Diaries Live is on April 7!

After almost exactly two years of pandemic-induced hiatus, Muni Diaries Live is back at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, April 7!

Our 14th (!) birthday is also a few days prior, and we can’t wait to celebrate another year of that transit life with all of you.

We’re forever changed from the last two years, and we don’t anticipate to cleanly pick up where we left off in 2020. Muni has always been a litmus test for what’s happening more broadly in San Francisco, and word in The San Francisco Chronicle is that ridership hasn’t returned to pre-pandemic levels. Furthermore, it’s unclear when it will. But people are still moving and shaking around this most dynamic town, and we’re here to celebrate that.

Per San Francisco guidelines, show will be vaxxed only. As of now, masks are no longer required indoors, but there is absolutely no shame in the mask game.

Our spectacular storytellers:

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Vote for the best Muni Diaries entry of 2021

And just like that, 2021 is nearly over, but we aren’t calling it done until we celebrate all of you who submitted a Muni Diaries entry this year! Despite this seemingly never-ending pandemic, you’ve tweeted your commute, sent us your stories on Facebook, and even came on our virtual podcast recording. We’re closing out the year with a vote for the best submission of the year.

We are celebrating these five submissions this year:

  1. A new mom’s gratitude for Muni drivers by Cole Brennan.
  2. Finding the silver lining in teaching on Zoom by Kelly Gregor Hartlaub.
  3. Muni comes through when you leave your purse on the 22 by Thea Selby.
  4. Limp Bizkit, Live 105, and Muni walk into a time machine by @pfungcollects.
  5. When your hangover turns south on Muni, from Setera V. from the Muni Diaries Facebook page.

Vote for one of these five story submissions in 2021 before Dec. 31! The winner gets a Muni Diaries goodie bag, and of course, our endless gratitude.

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San Francisco Diaries: Opening night at Rickshaw Stop

After shuttering for more than a year since the start of the pandemic, San Francisco venues finally opened their doors to indoor events last week. We talk to Dan Strachota, the talent buyer and managing partner at Rickshaw Stop to hear about their first indoor show about a week ago. Rickshaw Stop is also the home of Muni Diaries Live, so we were especially relieved to know that the venue is back in business.

Dan shares the behind-the-scenes details of their first show (featuring local bands Zola and Zelma Stone), and all the unexpected things that happen after 16 months in hibernation.

Dan has been the managing partner at Rickshaw Stop for nearly a decade, and the talent buyer for 17 years and counting. He has been an outspoken advocate for independent venues in San Francisco.

Listen to the interview:

We’re always looking for stories from people who love and care about San Francisco. If you have a story to share, or want to nominate someone to be on the podcast, email us at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com. And keep up with your Muni musing with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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