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Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago




Good afternoon.

On the, best and brightest, 3:55PM out of the City.

A crowded front train car this early evening. My parents have been married for fifty years on this day. They wish to have the family out for dinner – pizza, as is their call – requiring me to get home and clean up.

It’s also “Darwin’s Day”. Charles Darwin was born on this day 206 years ago, February 12, 1809. Abraham Lincoln was also born on February 12, 1809. Coincidentally, my parents were married 156 years after their birth, and generated me six years, minus one day, later, in the land of Lincoln. I am an avowed Darwinist.

Correlation is not Causation but it’s nice to speculate.

Well, enough about me. Benched War Correspondent (BWC) is here l, and he is clean shaven, well dressed and looking out the window with a gleam in his eye.

Y’see, with the controversy surrounding veteran anchorman Brian Williams and his lapses in memory, BWC may actually get a promotion. The National network is looking for a confident, all American, family man type anchor. Though he may not be the first choice, his evening team staff are all in the running. Which means that while they are away at 30Rock,  screen testing, he can host the evening news. In prime time! He looks ecstatic in his brooding silence. He is on his way to his therapist to work on the PTSD and image projection issues he still is working through.

There is a woman here that reminds me of Angelica Huston, but without the glam and makeup. She looks like she’s desperately revisiting a time where she felt more beautiful, by catching up on the latest trends with a copy of Glamour magazine. Yet, instead of being interested in adopting some of the styles or advise presented, she is disappointed in the realization that she can’t “pull that look off” anymore. She puts the magazine away and starts playing with her bangs.

Also here are a disappointingly static Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde, Frieda Kahlo, Taye Diggs, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. All are armed.

Happy Darwin Day.
Safe travels.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Inbound – trainspottingChicago

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Good morning. On the bright and early 7:20AM into the City.

Two-hundred and five years ago, or ten-score and five years ago, Abraham Lincoln was born. Forty-nine years ago, my parents got married on this day. My favorite President and my favorite parents on the same day. Its a good day.

Well, enough mushy stuff. There’s a fellow up top who looks like George Plimpton. The well renowned author, sports enthusiast, political commentator, and sometimes actor is listening to his iCrackerBot. This fellow is a younger version of the esteemed Ivy Leaguer. Oh, he’s elected to put away his small device and whip out his big laptop and start typing out his thoughts. Unfortunately, the design of this model is such that the WIFI transponder, using similar microwave frequencies as a microwave oven, is pressed right up against his Plimpton. I hope he’s wearing his lead lined longjohns.

Chi McBride is here. The veteran actor from many TV serials and a few movies is asleep next to the emergency window. He’s dreaming about his time as an assistant principal in an inner-City school and leaving that stressful, unfulfilling, emotionally draining job for the pleasant boredom of index fund trading. He smiles in his sleep.

Also here are Patrick Kennedy, Dolf Lungren, a young Erik Estrada, and Christopher Walken. All are armed.

Happy Wednesday to you. Safe travels.