Tagged: Chicago

CTA driver screams, then silence

So, this just happened: my Blue Line train may have been about to derail or be hit by an oncoming train. Not the way I was hoping to get home, frankly. I’m riding on the train from O’Hare. It’s a moderately full train since the station was rather full when...

Nice shiny things

“You have nice, shiny shoes,” she said, in almost a whine. I stop privately flexing my calves in line at the Chipotle and turn around. I sense something off almost immediately. Big fun sunglasses and lots of “fancy” jewelry, but take a second look: she’s not wearing socks, and it’s...

Ice kicking season didn’t come

To hasten the end of winter, I like to go down the lake and kick ice. Every winter I’ve been here in Chicago has been brutal. Weeks and weeks of unending ice and grey sludge in the streets. Temperatures so low they lock up all the moisture in the air;...

A novel idea for the transport of fishes

I have had a great idea for a long time, and it’s about fish. Living here in Ohio, you don’t hear too much about fish. Why is that? Well, it’s because we live 450 miles from the shore. And that’s the basis of the great inland seafood problem. Across the...