A Tara-eye view on the 47
My work friends gave me this orchid because last week was kind of fucked. How nice, right? I got on a bus after work and carried it home on my lap. I tried my best to stare past it and out the window, like I always do sans plant.
Flowers on Muni are kind of like pets on Muni, turns out. I did not know this firsthand until last week.
Read the rest of Tara’s delightful tale …
Photo by juicyrai
The real reason some people don’t take the bus is because they don’t like poor people, according to an SFGate opinion piece. You might take Muni trains or BART, but if you’re scared of poor people, you won’t ride the surface buses, we’re told. This sounded a little implausible to me, given that Muni runs 80 routes and only six of them are metro lines (aka “Muni trains”). So people really don’t need to go anywhere outside of those six metro lines? The writer reached this conclusion through careful observation of her bus-taking experience.
I watch people’s faces when they see me waiting at a bus stop. Many of them, especially drivers, look at me like I’m doing something vaguely unsavory – like I’m drinking out of a paper bag or flashing “designer” watches for sale.
To many people, taking the bus is on the same level as these activities. It’s interesting to ask people why they won’t take it. Usually their objections seem practical, at least on the surface: The bus is “slow” or it’s “always late.”
The real reason why people give me that look when they see me waiting at the bus stop is what happens after I get on the bus. It’s the people who are taking up two or three seats with thousands of plastic bags from low-budget food markets. It’s the people who smell like they’ve been living on the street. It’s the people who have loud cell phone conversations about their court cases or their overdue child support.
Because I haven’t done a scientific study of whether people really avoid taking surface buses and why, I’m just going to speak from my personal experience. As someone who takes the surface bus (the 47) every day twice a day, I have never seen anyone giving me a look for waiting for a bus. And the reference to “people who are taking up two or three seats with thousands of plastic bags from low-budget food markets”? Even when I’ve carried my share of groceries from Clement Street on the 2, nobody has ever batted an eyelash. The premise of “people look at me weird when they see me waiting for a bus” sounds self-conscious. It’s just not something I have experienced in the 10+ years I’ve lived here.
May I kindly suggest that if you’re waiting for the bus and people cast glances your way, they are probably looking at the NextBus arrival time, you know, that screen thing that’s blinking on the top of bus shelter?
Muni rider Ellen files this important report:
“Two days ago this piece if sidewalk was a bus shelter for the 47/49 stop. Perhaps someone needed for their Burning Man camp?”
Speaking of Muni bus shelters and Burning Man, we wonder what’s up with the bus shelter we gave away in 2010.
Photo by aloneinthismadhouse
We’ve seen our share of so-called bus crushes over the years. They can happen on any line, at any time of day, to just about anybody.
Recently, Maurissa experienced one:
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Via @uppityfag, who says, “SUPERHEROES on the 47 Van Ness! I feel safe!” To which @amandarants retorts, “the dude in the background makes that photo.” Yep.
What’s happening on your bus today? Let us know.
Molly sent us this one from the 47-Van Ness, clearly keeping it classy as always.
No, really, take one.