Good morning. On the delayed and delayed again 8:13AM into the City.
Actually, this was supposed to be the 7:30AM into the City. The metropolitan rail authority has been plagued with technical difficulties due to the, media dubbed, “Polar Vortex”.
You see, the Northeast and Midwest have been experiencing temperatures usually associated with the Arctic circle. On January 6, 2014, the temperature in Chicago was -42°F (-41°C). As you can imagine, even with sophisticated heating elements, metal freezes and gears fuse. So, invariably, switchgear along the aged train line has fused in the cold weather. This complicates both commuter and commercial rail travel.
However, I am pleased to note that peoples attitudes are jovial in adversity. All it takes is a few jokers in the crowd to turn a frustrating situation into a lighthearted one.
For example, the when the train finally pulled into the station, the first car doors were not opened for passengers (for reasons still unknown). There was a scrum of fifty-or-so passengers waiting for those doors to open.
In mock desperation, I shouted “Oh! Now, that’s just cruel!”, which seemed to have diffused the building tension, as everyone headed for the next car down to board the train.
I am in SRO. Can’t report more, as there are lots of curious eyes looking everywhere. And, everyone around me is armed. More on the way home.
Bundle up. Safe travels.