May 16, 2013 – Inbound – #trainspotting#Chicago

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Good morning. On the cattle-car, Cub fan, 10:30AM local into the City. A totally different scene.

The Chicago Cubs have a home game at 1:00PM. Diehard fans with their pinstripe jerseys, cargo shorts, ankle socks, dirty gym shoes, sunglasses, and plastic screw-top, mass-produced light beer bottles are here.

There is an attractive baby-boomer couple who are season ticket holders, getting happily drunk, hosting another boomer couple who are sticking to water. These four are the loudest of the travellers so far. They are telling stories of children passing their DL driving exams.

We are stopping at (nearly) every stop, so lots of new faces. Two of the three original Charlie’s Angels are here. The black-haired beauty was obviously planning to meet the blonde on the train car. Waiting on the redhead/auburn haired angel. After the initial hug and “OMG! This is going to be fun!”, both are tweeting. They haven’t said another word to each other, except to say that are excited and pleased to be in each other’s company.

A very serious looking, yet attractive traveller is sitting with her luggage in a seat three seats back. She is highly annoyed with the light beer drinkers for interrupting her contemplation. She looks like she’s headed for an extended writers holiday. Hemingway’s cottage in Florida. Whitman’s home in upstate NY. She looks as if she’s just finished an impact heavy Zumba-Kickboxing-Ultimate Warrior Princess workout and breakfast juice infusion before boarding the train.

Also here are Precious, Claude Ravines, Napoleon Dynamite, two members of a local Pearl Jam cover band, and three annoyed White Sox fans. Everybody is armed.

Happy Friday. Safe Travels.

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