Follow the bouncing ball -- down the aisle

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.

  1. A woman carrying a tiny dog in a vinyl zippered case. It had a screen at both ends.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!"
Have you ever picked up garbage on the CTA and tossed it later? My wife does it all the time, so I guess I was inspired by her.
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  • I'm conflicted about picking up garbage. I want to, but usually I refrain because I don't want to collect the microbes or whatever that are on it...or just plain don't want to get my hands dirty. Not that they're very clean from holding a rail in the train or bus, mind you. If it's a major piece of trash and not too gross, I'll pick it up to get it out of the way.

  • What, no graphic of the half-deflated soccer ball? Just wondering: how do you know it's not half-inflated? :)

  • Ah, spoken by a true teacher. Are you a glass half full or half empty gal?

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Depends on what's in the glass. If it's Bud Light, it's half empty. If it's something that approximates the actual flavor of beer, it's half full.

  • In reply to marthat3:

    I assume Guinness works?

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Unless it's St. Andrew's Day. ;)

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