The most rewarding 5½ years of my life came to an end Thursday, my last day as the transportation reporter for The San Francisco Examiner. However, before departing I decided to embark on one last Man vs. Muni challenge — a nostalgic return to the feature that made me famous. And by famous I mean that I was publicly recognized by readers on no less than four occasions. So yeah, obviously Brad Pitt is on my speed dial now.
I chose to race the F-Market historic streetcar line for my final battle royale against Muni for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that those vehicles are older than my grandmother and Market Street is a traffic nightmare. And the streetcars travel right outside my office building — which is nice for a reporter not trying to do much during his last week.