San Francisco residents will have an opportunity to view perhaps the only bus out there that sounds more paralyzingly self-important than our floundering Culture Bus when C-SPAN’s Civics Bus visits Balboa High School from 12:30-2 today (Balboa faculty, don’t act like you have something better to do — we already know your “Principal’s Tea” is over by 11!) on its 100 Days, 100 Schools tour.

One of the Appeal’s staffers, when hearing about this, said “That bus came to my high school back in 1996. But just about the only thing i remember about it is that it happened — I have no recollection of what they said or did. I wonder if I was alien-abducted?”

Probably not, unless, by, abducted, you mean that: “Students, teachers and other visitors will have the chance to tour the bus during the visit and learn about the many resources C-SPAN offers.” We’re sure those “other visitors” won’t seem like creepy outsiders among the students and faculty. Not at all.

Our staffer also posited “I have to say, this multi-state bus tour doesn’t seem very green. That’s a lot of fossil fuels to be burning for something that will bore thousands of kids out of their skulls.” Unfortunately, this is more on the nose than an anal probe — we checked with Comcast (the buses “sponsor”) and were told that the 45-foot, 44, 000 lb bus is, indeed, gas powered, with a generator in use when stopped. Apparently, to C-SPAN, resource conversation is not a Civic(s) value.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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