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No more slipping

No more slipping

One of my biggest complaints about the Fullerton El stop is that the tiled floor is so slippery when moisture is on the ground. When there is rain, snow, or slush on the ground, I can’t walk normally. I resort to a “waddle” so I do not slip and fall. I almost had an incident…

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Back on the bus-wagon

I took about a year and a half hiatus from the 134 and our reuniting tour has been hostile, to say the least. It’s like it (“it” being the CTA) knows I betrayed it with the Maz(da)rati and isn’t taking kindly to my reappearance. As a creature of habit, I show up at the stop…

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Cancelled NBA won’t be a boost to DePaul

Don’t expect fans void of their NBA to drive to Rosemont to see the Blue Demons. Do you think a family from the North Shore, eager to see D-Rose and company, will accept some hot Big East action as a substitute? It’s like Olestra, that fat substitute that did nasty things to your stomach. Students…

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How to communicate with passengers on the L through hand signals

How to communicate with passengers on the L through hand signals

People on the L easily annoy me. Whether it’s ire over the total invasion of my personal space or frustration about the loud conversations when the train is otherwise silent, I frequently find myself unnecessarily angered.To combat these feelings, I’d like to introduce a series of hand symbols to wordlessly communicate with L patrons whose…

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The brown line gets friendly; also, pigs fly

The brown line gets friendly; also, pigs fly

Most days begin in LP with the familiar sight of the masses stumbling sleepily toward the L. (Or running, if you add about 45 minutes.)  The daily routine takes only a few weeks to set in, and after that requires very little thinking:  pay for coffee, cross street, take Redeye, open door, tap card, hip…

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A woman’s dead because of a dumb iPhone

When I heard about that 68-year-old woman falling to her death in March at the Fullerton L stop, I bristled up. All of this for a stupid iPhone. Now that Chicago cops charged a 17-year-old with murder, are we supposed to sleep better at night? No. Because I’m still disgusted that this could have happened.…

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Train surfing

We all have a few crazy el stories. Some occur on our way to or from work. Others are in the wee hours. Last night I added another one to my list. I was on the red line last night coming back to Lincoln Park from Evanston. My friends & I were in the front…

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