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An unexpected rider

This morning to the collective surprise, delight and concern of my train car, a little finch dropped down from the an upper ledge clinging on to the air vent that runs just below the windows. He stopped for a little bit by the man two seats in front of me and then started hopping down […]

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060012_cta_inconvienence

060012_cta_inconvienence, a photo by vaughnda johnson on Flickr. This is my interpretation of the loudspeaker message that the brown and red line riders across from me had a puzzle through. It was like seeing bumper-to-bumper on the other side of the highway – a heady mixture of survivor guilt & glee.

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Coming home on a late Friday night

There was a typical mix of young revelers and tired working class sustaining a resigned dignity among the drunken revelers.

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Around Uptown

Today at the Uptown redline stop I passed by an old lady in an obvious wig with a sock cap over it pulling up her shopping cart. As I climbed the stairs the disturbing sound of the card vending machine alarm surrounded me. It really reinforces the depressing nature that so often characterizes that train […]

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Playing to Win

Coming home from my long cta driven errand morning I sat across from 2 old Chinese men. I fell in love with them a little bit. Aside from my delight in funky old people, it was just nice to get a change in demographics of the post Xmas holiday shoppers and tourists. The man on […]

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Same Seat, different passengers

I hope this is an ongoing series. Sometimes I sit down on the El, bus, train, plane etc and wonder who sat here before me so naturally I’m amused at the passing of people at the same place. Young man, perhaps military looks out of the window like he’s never seen Chicago before. I assume […]

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