On Monday's Red Line commute I can honestly say I saw three things I had never seen before on the CTA -- after 25 years of commuting.
- A woman carrying a tiny dog in a vinyl zippered case. It had a screen at both ends.
- A woman in a T-shirt and black khaki pants unsheath a roller lint remover and thoroughly work over her pants. Hey, at least no facial grooming!
- A battered, half-deflated soccer ball rolling up and down the aisle. I was trying to corral it before I got off at Grand but just missed it with my foot. A guy with a cane reached out with it, pulled back the ball, picked it up and handed it to me. "Is this yours?" he asked. "No, but I was planning to throw it away at my stop," I replied. "Well! Thanks!"