We arrived in San Francisco last Sunday. When we took our first cable car ride of the trip that evening I noticed signs everywhere advertising the 47th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest. I thought nothing of it. I met up with Melissa & Laura for lunch on Tuesday right when the contest was taking place a short distance away at Union Square... so we grabbed some lunch to go and watched the bell ringing contest.
When we first arrived the amateurs had already started, and let's just say it wasn't quite what we were expecting. Fortunately, the professionals (actual MUNI cable car employees) started soon and they were much better. Granted, there's only a certain level of creativity one can express with a single bell, but it was all good fun.