Can I Ruffle the Feathers on Your Sweater?

Oreo Posing in his St. Patricks Day Sweater
Photo by Flickr user sheepguardingllama

Last Friday, I was riding the 12 home after work from SOMA to the Mission. I was staring off into space when the man sitting next to me said, “Excuse me?” I looked up, thinking he might be looking for directions or have some sort of question.

“I don’t know if you know this, but you have feathers or fuzz all over your dress — on the back, and sleeve…”

I looked at my sleeve. It was true. The combination of black dress and fuzzy sweater meant that there was weird linty fuzz all over me.

“Oh yeah, there is. Thanks for letting me know,” I replied.

“Do you want me to wipe it off of you?” He asked me.

The thought of this mild-mannered but still very creepy man touching me in any way was not appealing, so I told him it was fine and that I was heading home soon anyway.

“Well,” he said. “So what’s your sweater made out of?”

Really not wanting to engage any further, I looked at the tag of my cardigan.

“Uh… looks like viscose, cotton and angora,” I read off.

He smiled at me, and I went back to staring out the window. About four stops later, he got off.

I don’t mind making conversation on the bus, but here’s a pro tip: asking other riders if you can touch them — probably not a good idea.

While We Were Away

Muni went and hit some peeps.

Details are sketchy, but apparently early Saturday a woman was struck by a 71-Noriega at Market and Sixth. She was taken to General, but died from her injuries.

Then, Monday, a 12-Folsom struck a ped near Howard and Embarcadero. This accident was apparently originated with a car running a red light and cutting off the bus, which caused the 12 to strike the walker.

His condition is not known.

It should be noted that cause is not known in either of these incidents, but that extra caution is called for by pedestrians and bus operators.

Thx: SFist and The Examiner.

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