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California line

December 22, 2011

Before the ride, one operator took my picture, though I protested I was not a tourist. You’re so beautiful, he said. And you’re getting on the cable car. I should definitely take it.

It is the best of the lines, we agree, though the operators claim people who live in town never appreciate the cable cars as much as the tourists.

I do, I say. I wish I could ride them more often.

And with that, they begin the work of moving the car up the California Street hill, gliding, like magic, on a perpetual river of metal.

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