1) When you’re waiting to board a train, wait for passengers to exit the damn train before you barge your way in. On top of that, keep to the side of the train doors so that you don’t block the way of passengers trying to exit.
2) If you’re sitting in a seat that is designated for seniors or those who are disabled, give up your damn seat for them or don’t sit there at all. It’s common courtesy AND the bus driver and/or other passengers don’t have to waste their time telling you to give it up.
3) If the train is packed, move in more so that other passengers can board the train. If you’re worried about personal space, don’t ride public transportation. When it’s rush hour, everyone is trying to get to their destination just as quickly as you are, so you’re no one special.
4) If the train is packed, the seat next to you is not your personal storage for your belongings, so give that seat to someone who needs to sit.
5) When exiting the subway station on an escalator, keep RIGHT to RIDE the escalator and keep LEFT to WALK up the escalator.
All you suburban people who act like you’re city boys and city girls, are not REAL city boys and city girls if you’re unaware about these basic socially accepted rules for riding public transportation. Don’t believe me? Then you obviously don’t use public transportation in cities like Chicago, New York and San Francisco. And you were obviously born and raised in the suburbs. And you should observe the behavior of people who ride public transportation every day.
I miss it so much, that I created an “I Love L.A.” playlist and have had it on repeat all day… even though the playlist only has four songs: We Run L.A. by Dr. Hollywood, To Live and Die in L.A. by Tupac, I Love L.A. by Randy Newman, and Los Angeles by Sugarcult.
Five more days and I’m back in the city of 70-degree winters, AMAZING food from ethnic enclaves you can’t find in the average city, beautiful sunsets, boulevards lined with palm trees, great beaches, and so many other great things that make L.A. home!
I love L.A.
Just a few tips for prospective students, especially those who plan on living on campus.
It’s San Francisco. Although my relationship with this city is love-hate, San Francisco is a great city overall. This city has a lot of breathtaking natural beauty, it’s very small so it’s easy to get around using public transportation (even though Muni sucks), it’s very bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and there are a lot of cute neighborhoods to explore.
The diversity of our campus is amazing. SF State has got to be one of the most diverse campuses in the country. After visiting many places that are very homogenous, I realized that homogeneity is boring. The concept is hard to explain, but, as someone who has lived around diversity his entire life, there is something about diversity that really enriches your social environment.
There are a lot of student organizations. You should never feel like you are alone at SF State. This campus is so diverse and there are a lot of student organizations you can get involved with, so I can assure you that there is something on campus for everyone. Obviously, you just have to look at the right places and meet the right people, which should not be too hard if you have an open mind.
Lack of college atmosphere. If you are looking for a university that has that fun, amazing college atmosphere, this school is NOT for you. SF State is a commuter school (90% of SF State students commute); everyone goes to school for class and then leaves, which results in a dead campus after 6pm. Additionally, not too many students at SF State have school spirit. Lastly, frat rows, sorority rows and a college-friendly neighborhood do not exist at SF State. There is a college atmosphere, but it exists very subtly.
Its location sucks. If you do not like the cold, do not live on campus or in the surrounding neighborhoods because SF State is located in the foggiest part of the city. Don’t believe me? Take the train from SF State to the Castro when it’s mid-July. Additionally, if you’re looking for a neighborhood that actually feels like San Francisco, do not get your hopes up if you plan on living on campus because the area around SF State feels very suburban. If you want the real San Francisco living experience that’s a little more affordable, live in the Richmond District or the Inner Sunset.
We Lakers fans couldn’t care less about the Warriors, but it wasn’t until I moved to the Bay Area when I realized that there is a rivalry between Warriors fans and Lakers fans, even though this “rivalry” is totally one-sided.
This rivalry really confuses me because other than increasing our win percentage, I do not understand why defeating the Warriors would be of any interest to Lakers fans, just as defeating the Lakers is of great interest to Warriors fans.
Lakers fans are interested in defeating the Heat (Kobe vs. LeBron), the Clippers (battle for L.A.), the Celtics (best rivalry in sports), the Spurs (always a playoff possibility), and even the Kings (hatred that goes back to 2002). But why, oh why, would we give two fucks about the Bay Area’s basketball team?
I will admit, Stephen Curry is a great basketball player and will do great things for a franchise that is FINALLY rising out of the ashes, but until the Warriors meet the Lakers in the Playoffs and make it a great series, the Golden State Warriors will always be irrelevant to Lakers fans.
I don’t hate San Francisco. I actually think it’s a great city and I love living there. I just need a break from San Francisco because there are things about the city that make living there frustrating sometimes.
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The gate for my flight to LA changed from 76A to 85 to 77B to 76A and then back to 85 -___-
If you knew how big the United Airlines terminal is at SFO, you would know how much walking was involved.
San Francisco has one of the worst public transportation systems in the country. Yes, it’s accessible to everyone and it can get you anywhere, but it’s highly unreliable and inefficient.
While other metropolitan areas are taking the initiative to get riders to their destination faster, Muni remains forever slow.
Ride any bus system in this city and there’s a stop every two streets, even on both ends of a block. How does that make any sense?!
Muni’s schedule is inconsistent. As I’m typing this all out, I just waited 18 minutes for a bus! The next bus after this is coming in 4 minutes. Is there no set schedule for the buses like any normal city?!
It takes me 50 minutes to get from my apartment to work, which is a 5.5-mile bus ride. I know people who can bike faster in that distance. It takes me 30 minutes to get from school to work, which is a 7-mile TRAIN ride. You would think trains would get you to your destination faster. These numbers alone prove how unreliable Muni is.
San Francisco, please do something about your shitty public transportation system.This would never happen in New York… or Chicago… or Boston.
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Although there was a warning about the storm’s power, who would have been able to predict that a 13-foot wall of water would wipe out coastal areas? Typhoon Haiyan definitely caused a lot of damage, but the storm surge had a MAJOR contribution to the wreckage as it was described by locals as “tsunami-like.” The flood caused by Hurricane Katrina, on the other hand, could have been predicted because New Orleans is below sea level.
On top of that, the Philippines is a third-world country and most of the cities on the hardest-hit islands are located along the coast. Where are people going to evacuate to? The mountains where they’re prone to landslides? Where in a city like Tacloban will you find an evacuation center that can support a city of 200,000 people? One that has the infrastructure that would withstand the force of a super typhoon?
A super typhoon with this much devastation is something the world hasn’t seen before, so I doubt there are too many countries that would have been prepared for Typhoon Haiyan.