|Train riding. DH is sitting right next to me but THERE WILL BE BLOOD if I post any pictures of him, so just picture how cute he is sitting next to me, M'kay?|
Anyway, we mostly take the Brown Line these days as we live on Sesame Street and the cute little train station is literally right across the street. It zips us downtown in about 40 minutes if all goes smoothly.
|It's pretty cool that after 20 years of taking the CTA, I still get a kick outta going over the Chicago River when we get into the Loop. I just do. And at night too when it's all lit up? Gorgeous.|
I just emailed DH that I left my bag with my lunch and Spinning clothes on the train and got all the way to the office before I realized. Ran back to the platform, not really sure why, but lo and behold, there was my bag just sitting on the platform. I'm sure someone was yelling at me about it when I walked off, but earphones, you know? Now I just will be paranoid that there's anthrax or gingivitis some shit in all my food. God Dammit.I'm still pretty amazed that happened. And that my husband is so god damn funny.
Anyway, DH's response is "do I need to pin your keys to your coat when you leave the house?" I said, "No, I have my keys, asshole. LOVE YOU". THE END. *curtsies*
Now, there are some crazy things that have happened over the years in my experience on the train. Back in the day, I would ride in blackouts and not remember a thing. At 3am, by myself. MIRACLES have happened in my life. I know.
The rush hour commute is all just hipsters and yuppies and folks like us schlepping back and forth to work. The real fun happens on nights and weekends. That's the CTA money shot, if you will. And I look forward to going out late or on off times, as it increases the chance for crazy.
The most concerning story I have is back when I lived in Oak Park, which is just west of the City. Morning commute, roughly 7:30am. Packed train. Me, sitting by window, guy sits next to me on the aisle. With a newspaper. I was reading a book, so I didn't pay any attention until the newspaper started making noises and started bobbing up and down rapidly. Yes, this dude was having a taffy pull right next to me. I looked up and saw horrified passengers looking at me. I will never forget this woman's face and she mouthed, "GET UP". And I did. I got up and off the train and told an Officer what had happened, but the train was already off to the next stop.
Needless to say, I don't trust any guy who reads a newspaper on the train now. I GOT EYES ON YOU, BUB.
I have a little friend who loves to ride the train because when she's sitting, she gets the perfect view of a standing gentleman's package. Little perv. Whatever floats your boat, right?
There are many reasons the city is great, and the CTA is just one. You don't get the up close and personal crazy anywhere else. Most days it's fine, but sometimes if you are lucky you get a truly heartwarming or gut wrenching story. I actually like the crazy, I crave the crazy. But I don't get it as much as I used to. Maybe I'm not putting myself in dangerous situations as much as I used to and that kinda makes me feel old and sad. But in another way, it makes me feel like I'm maturing and taking care of myself. I used up about 8 lives when I was drinking, so I need to make this 9th one last.
I will pass on the public taffy pulling, but I would take some crazy Jesus nonsense spouting now and then. I have to seek out the crazy on the train these days. But they still find me - on the street and in the alley - in my life. Sometimes in my mirror. I attract the crazy. I'm grateful for that. Keeps me on my toes.
Well, this is my stop. Keep your pervy ball-balls to yourself Mister. Or at least in your pants. Nobody wants to see that. Especially not at 7:30 in the god damned morning.