Glen Park @SFBART broken escalator watch: Look, I don’t mean to blow everyone’s minds, but the escalator was actually NOT FIXED TODAY! Instead, we get date change #5. As you may recall, the original “fixed by” date was 9/5/14, and has been optimistically moved forward a week at a time.
Like Gatsby’s green light, it seems eternally just within our grasp, yet somehow always stays just beyond our reach.
Perhaps this is actually an elaborate art installation, designed to remind us that our idealized future, like the fabled functioning BART escalator, is a tantalizing dream that can never be truly realized.
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Firzgerald
I love the way old headstones in Mission Dolores cemetery tell a story. This one is for a woman who died at 34, “Also their children… Matilda aged 10 weeks & 3 days… Josephine aged 45 days.” Think about it for a second… it doesn’t quite add up, right? We figured out that the 34-year-old must have died while giving birth (prematurely?) to twins, then one of the twins died at about 6 weeks, the other twin hung on before dying a month later.