About a month ago I started seeing this sign on the seats at the front of the MUNI buses:
I wondered what kind of safety issue there could possibly be with those seats that I’ve used many times in the eight years that I lived here. So I turned to Google.
SFist explains: “the company that has manufactured many a Muni bus, warns its customers that “there have been three hard-braking incidents where passengers were ejected from these forward-facing seats and sustained quadriplegic injuries.” SFBG elaborates that it’s a fear of lawsuits that have caused the seats to be flipped up and permanently disabled.
It’s ridiculous. Yes, there’s a chance that if you’re sitting in that seat and there’s a sudden stop you’ll go flying and get hurt. But it seems like there’s at least an equal chance that the same thing will happen if you’re standing in front of the the flipped-up seat, which is what people now do in that space. So now there are just four less seats for sitting down on the buses.
It’s not quite a red, white and blue post but today I wanted to share some of the photos I’ve been taking about the beautiful houses in San Francisco with blue paint jobs. I’ve included a couple purple favorites as well.
The Bold Italic recently had an article titled 25 Things You Learn Your First Year in San Francisco. It’s one of those things that resonates for locals. I thought I’d break it down into what I loved and what I passed over when I read it …
Made Me Laugh Out Loud In Agreement
- “Make sure to step around all watery sidewalk puddles.”
- “The people who like being naked in public aren’t always the ones you’d want to see naked in public. “
- “There is never a simple explanation for which trash bin to use for what you’re about to throw away.”
- “There’s a reason that Muni seat is empty while the rest of the bus is packed. “
- “Coffee is never just coffee. (Pour over? Single origin? Fair trade? Cold pressed?!)”
- “Someone will inevitably tell you that San Francisco was so much better X years before you got here.”
- “You’re gonna need at least five more costumes. Ideally ones that can get booze spilled on them.”
Made Me Smile Because I Get The Joke
During my mom’s visit last month we went on a boat ride in the San Francisco Bay. I thought I’d share my snap-by-snap photos of passing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Even though I live here I never get tired of it!
I’ve shared this image before because I’ve photographed it several times when walking down Haight but I never knew anything about the artwork before. SF Weekly just shared the history and info about this piece that I now know is called Bosque de los Alebrijes.
Some of what I learned:
- It’s by San Francisco artist Jet Martinez who has done 30+ murals in the Bay Area.
- It was created in 2012.
- It’s not the first piece of art in that spot.
- “Alebrijes are Mexican wooden sculptures of fantastical creatures.”
- The changing light through the day makes the colors look different. (I never noticed – I’ll have to keep an eye out next time!)
It’s located at 1301 Haight Street.
Several years ago I participated in a wonderful photography project called I Live Here: SF. I was one of the first to participate, seeing a post on a blog looking for people willing to be photographed and to share their “San Francisco story”. That was when I met Julie. Julie went on to photograph so many wonderful local people in so many different settings in San Francisco. The collection she came up with was amazing and it was exhibited as a solo exhibit at SOMArts as well as put up for awhile at San Francisco City Hall. I was thinking about this project recently because I went to SOMArts for something else and I wanted to take a look back at my part in the project.
The Photo Shoot
The full photo shoot, done in my North Beach apartment (where I lived at the time) and around the neighborhood there can be seen on Flickr. A few of my favorite shots:
Last week The Bold Italic shared some beautiful photography work that captured my imagination in so many ways. Three photo/videographers went up in a helicopter and got amazing images that you can see more of in the original post. My favorite (teaser) was this one from Michael Shainblum: