Storyteller Jesse James and his mom visited San Francisco years before he would eventually moved to the city, and Muni was a large part of the impression Jesse was left with. “All of my stories are on the 38, because it’s the lifeblood …”
Put on your earbuds and enjoy his story over lunch…or on your commute home. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live on April 16, 2016, at the Elbo Room. Did you know we’re always looking for storytellers much like yourselves? Pitch your own Muni story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s evidence that karma really rewards random kindness. Muni rider Dave said that he had possibly his best ride on the 38-Geary when he decided to help a woman carry her heavy groceries from the bus.
This evening, I was honored to help a woman named Maral carry her groceries home from the bus stop. Maral is preparing for a party on Sunday and after spending the whole day shopping for groceries, she ended up with more than she could carry.
“The bread is light,” she said, “but the pork and vegetables are so heavy.”
Maral is from Armenia, and her husband is recovering from successful open heart surgery three months ago.
“I went to the hospital and I yelled at him him, ‘You do not die yet! You do not die!’ And, he did not die.” She laughed. “I did not even cry.” Then she paused. “Actually, I cry a lot. But not at the hospital.”
Maral told Dave more about her life on their way back to her house, and even tries to offer Dave some money for being such a nice guy (of course he said no). Read the rest of his story on Medium, and see a photo of two new friends who met on the Muni.
Have you ever tried to take a photo of a puppy? They do this thing where, you see them doing something cute, you queue your camera, and right as the shutter goes off, they stop doing the cute thing. Freakin’ dogs, am I right?
However, Muni rider Derek recently won the lottery of puppy photos. He snapped the pic above and says, “I saw the cute little face and asked the owner if I could snap a pic. She said “Sure!” and right after I did the little cutie sneezed an adorable puppy sneeze! Gesundheit little one!”
Save your cab fare and hit a couple of bars tonight on the 38-Geary with your fellow riders and the San Francisco Transit Riders Union. We’ll be there to give away a raffle prize of a pair of tickets to Muni Diaries Live, with seats saved just for the winners. That’s right: no standing in line; just waltz in and say your name at the door!
The 38-Geary Pub Crawl will visit three bars in four hours, with each stop close enough so hopefully you don’t sober up too much under the florescent lighting in the bus.