For 23 years now I have lived in Rogers Park, that neighborhood with an undeserved reputation for being soooo dangerous. In all that time, I have never been physically assaulted in Rogers Park.
Due to extensive smoke damage to the duplex we own, we had to temporarily move out of the Far North Side neighborhood.
So now I've been living for less than a week two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, and already I've been assaulted there.
I was walking south on Michigan Avenue at Pearson, in front of Water Tower Place, when another guy approached coming toward me. He was walking in my same pathway, even though I was on the right side of the sidewalk. I expected him to veer over, but he didn't. So at the last second I moved out of his way.
He stopped, punched me hard in the chest, and screamed, "Watch where you're walking mother fucker!"
Of course, I was stunned. He walked on and I yelled, "You could be arrested for that."
I pulled out my phone and began dialing 911. But then I thought better of that idea.
You see, I'm already dealing with the hassles of a big home insurance claim. The last thing I need is to deal with the police and the judicial system. I know I probably should have had him arrested, but I just didn't want to deal with it.
So, the next time you want to wax poetic about beautiful Boul Mich or diss neighborhoods like Rogers Park, think of this story. Assaults can happen anywhere.
Filed under: Just a little odd