Posts tagged "CTA"

Super Bowl 2014 Tribal Ritual Time; or just pass the salty nibbles, please

Humans are tribal creatures. Just consider those who faithfully stomp through rain and snow to the Bears game. You can tell the Bears tribe by their chosen gear. Bears caps, Bear jerseys, Bears jackets and scarves, Bears-wear everywhere. It’s how the Bears show their affiliation to the  tribe. Some believe this affinity to herd with... Read more »

CTA and Ventra Crap on Chicago's Mass Transit Riders

As Chicago goes spiraling down the rabbit hole into the nightmare “new and improved” Ventra; it feels like CTA and Ventra crap on Chicago’s mass transit riders. What sort of pigeon-brained idiot thought this was a good idea? Does the expression “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” not resonate with those in suits or... Read more »

CTA Lays an Egg; or Claypool's Crappy Ventra-Chapter 2

When Ventra was announced, it was touted as an improvement over other CTA payment methods. I had to wonder, why? The Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus worked fine. Ventra/CTA ads said it would ease my way, at least that was the gist overheard in the audio advertisements blathered on the CTA buses I frequent.... Read more »
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My Guardian Angel in the Number 8 Jersey is called Eddie

On Labor Day I invited my darling neighbor and her two, tall, very tall and mature 6th and 8th grade daughters to the Art Institute of Chicago’s stunning temporary exhibit, Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity. With my membership card in hand, the four of us breezed in to spend a couple of hours drooling on the... Read more »

With charity for all; or why some lazy tourists should be ashamed

Time is a fungible. We all have it; at least, we all have time for what we really want to do. We all spend time. We all waste time. Or to put it another way, one person’s time waster is another person’s way to spend time. And visa versa too. So given that, why is it that... Read more »

The DePaul Stadium: Is it a boondoggle?

The South Loop Prairie District is miles from DePaul. Miles. Eight long, city jammed miles. Most of us in the South Loop couldn’t find the school without Google. Nevertheless, for some so far unidentified reason, Mayor Emanual is set to announce that DePaul’s 18 games need a NEW stadium and that new stadium MUST be built in... Read more »
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12 Days of Christmas-Circa 2012

An Imagined 12 Days of Christmas if the Mayans of The History Channel are wrong, On the first day of Christmas Tom Skilling gave to me—a seasonal snow just in time for the 25th of December. On the second day of Christmas my country gave to me–a version of Boxing Day while standing in line... Read more »

Obama Grandma Does McCormick with BBC et. al

To My Grandsons Ethan and Theo, this one was for you and your future In a film there would be a panning shot, a 360 degrees camera shot taking in the masses at McCormick Convention Center on Tuesday night, November 6th–Election Day 2012. To my left are rows of network big shots doing their stand... Read more »

October 2017, or Down the Rabbit Hole With Revolution 3.0

Preview of Coming Attractions It was back in 2012 when I heard the idea to end taxes for business. Who’d a thunk–they’d do it? Up early this morning–lark that I am–I look out my window to see more sink holes on Michigan Avenue–now a toll road–apparently there isn’t enough cash to longer cover the repairs... Read more »
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Grandma Twitter and the Baby Boomers

Having spent the past two months mentoring various friends and family in social media as we traveled about the USA, The Husband turned to me this morning after tea to say–”You know, you should write a blog (or book) about it.” About what? I asked, truly puzzled. About social media-because a lot of our friends... Read more »
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