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Thursday, February 12, 2015 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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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.

January 28, 2015 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon. I’m on the, now legendary, 3:58PM out of the City. In my old stomping grounds – first car just behind the engine. I’m in my favorite jump seat, facing the crowd.

I got here a bit early so I could catch this seat. I’m hoping some of the old regulars will show up.

Caucasian Barack Obama is here. The young, handsome fellow is seated where I last left him, up on the second floor row of seats. His valise or backpack is on his lap. He has no earbuds on, so I am guessing he’s on his iCrackerBot, finishing off some work related correspondence. It’s possible CBO is ordering Indian food, as his doppelganger, the President of the United States, is finishing up his tour of India. It would be a happy coincidence if both got a slight bit of indigestion over some chicken tikka masala. A multiracial, international, Maalox moment.

Speaking of coincidence, my absolute favorite fellow commuter just got on the train. For those of you who have forgotten, Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde is here – the Joe Torre looking fellow who talks to himself on the ride home. His mouth moves, but no sound escapes him in mid-self-rant. He is currently reading a commuter newsletter put out by the rail authority.

He’s aged a bit. The hair that was once a brownish blonde is now more gray than brown. At least he still has most of his hair. I am practically unrecognizable after almost a year, with less and less on my head.

Oh. Benched War Correspondent is here. He’s casually looking over the other commuters, nodding his head in disgust. With the Coalition forces mostly out of Iraq, and the December 31 pullout of Afghanistan, BWC has be regulated to covering the pre-2016 primary pre-parties. He can’t believe that the 114th Congress got in with nothing more than 33% of the electorate voting, and GOP leaders are calling this “a referendum” or that the “American People have spoken.” No, they haven’t. It is in part due to the ennui of politics itself and the lackluster selection of representatives. BWC goes back to his novel about a a pair of unknown reporters doing the groundwork investigations that ultimately unseat a corrupt official. You know….fiction.

Dr. Michiu Kaku of CUNY is here, reviewing a manuscript about global warming data. As expected, and accounting for every known control and theoretical outcome, and using repeated trials by different laboratories and repeatable model structures, the compilation of amassed knowledge points to the overconsumption of resources by humans as the probable cause for recent increases in atmospheric CO2 levels. Unfortunately, there are too many syllables in that last sentence for policy makers and wonks to finally understand that this can cannot and should not be kicked down to the next congress/president/poobah. He is banging on the laptop, trying to rewrite his byline, in the hopes that Sen. John Thune (R-SC), Rep. Lamar  Smith (R-Tx), and their respective staff will learn something about what’s happening in the nonpolitical world around them.

Oh. Here we go. Dr. J-H has finished reading his newsletter, and after staring out the window, decides to discuss the recent gathering of GOP nominees in Iowa earlier this week. His far-right persona can’t say enough about former half-Governor Sarah Palin, and how she is the perfect candidate to go up against Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t care about what the leftist media and the “supposed far-rightish Fox News” thinks of Sarah Palin’s chances, he got exact what she was talking about when she was on that podium on Saturday last. He stops, mid rant, and smiles. I do believe his far-right personality has a crush on the Woman of Wasilla.

His center right personality kicks in, just as the train pulls into the first stop. “Nonsense”, mouths this side of him. Who can be sure of a Hillary win? The current President won, twice! The first time, he beat a younger Hillary! What’s to say another (heh) dark horse doesn’t swoop in to run. How about Cory Booker? What if Condi Rice switches sides? We can’t call her on Gulf War 2, cause we supported that conflict!

He stops. He’s tired.

Also here are Christof Waltz, Louis CK, and Lance Armstrong. All are armed.

Happy Wednesday. Safe travels.

January 28, 2015 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon. I’m on the, now legendary, 3:58PM out of the City. In my old stomping grounds – first car just behind the engine. I’m in my favorite jump seat, facing the crowd.

I got here a bit early so I could catch this seat. I’m hoping some of the old regulars will show up.

Caucasian Barack Obama is here. The young, handsome fellow is seated where I last left him, up on the second floor row of seats. His valise or backpack is on his lap. He has no earbuds on, so I am guessing he’s on his iCrackerBot, finishing off some work related correspondence. It’s possible CBO is ordering Indian food, as his doppelganger, the President of the United States, is finishing up his tour of India. It would be a happy coincidence if both got a slight bit of indigestion over some chicken tikka masala. A multiracial, international, Maalox moment.

Speaking of coincidence, my absolute favorite fellow commuter just got on the train. For those of you who have forgotten, Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde is here – the Joe Torre looking fellow who talks to himself on the ride home. His mouth moves, but no sound escapes him in mid-self-rant. He is currently reading a commuter newsletter put out by the rail authority.

He’s aged a bit. The hair that was once a brownish blonde is now more gray than brown. At least he still has most of his hair. I am practically unrecognizable after almost a year, with less and less on my head.

Oh. Benched War Correspondent is here. He’s casually looking over the other commuters, nodding his head in disgust. With the Coalition forces mostly out of Iraq, and the December 31 pullout of Afghanistan, BWC has be regulated to covering the pre-2016 primary pre-parties. He can’t believe that the 114th Congress got in with nothing more than 33% of the electorate voting, and GOP leaders are calling this “a referendum” or that the “American People have spoken.” No, they haven’t. It is in part due to the ennui of politics itself and the lackluster selection of representatives. BWC goes back to his novel about a a pair of unknown reporters doing the groundwork investigations that ultimately unseat a corrupt official. You know….fiction.

Dr. Michiu Kaku of CUNY is here, reviewing a manuscript about global warming data. As expected, and accounting for every known control and theoretical outcome, and using repeated trials by different laboratories and repeatable model structures, the compilation of amassed knowledge points to the overconsumption of resources by humans as the probable cause for recent increases in atmospheric CO2 levels. Unfortunately, there are too many syllables in that last sentence for policy makers and wonks to finally understand that this can cannot and should not be kicked down to the next congress/president/poobah. He is banging on the laptop, trying to rewrite his byline, in the hopes that Sen. John Thune (R-SC), Rep. Lamar  Smith (R-Tx), and their respective staff will learn something about what’s happening in the nonpolitical world around them.

Oh. Here we go. Dr. J-H has finished reading his newsletter, and after staring out the window, decides to discuss the recent gathering of GOP nominees in Iowa earlier this week. His far-right persona can’t say enough about former half-Governor Sarah Palin, and how she is the perfect candidate to go up against Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t care about what the leftist media and the “supposed far-rightish Fox News” thinks of Sarah Palin’s chances, he got exact what she was talking about when she was on that podium on Saturday last. He stops, mid rant, and smiles. I do believe his far-right personality has a crush on the Woman of Wasilla.

His center right personality kicks in, just as the train pulls into the first stop. “Nonsense”, mouths this side of him. Who can be sure of a Hillary win? The current President won, twice! The first time, he beat a younger Hillary! What’s to say another (heh) dark horse doesn’t swoop in to run. How about Cory Booker? What if Condi Rice switches sides? We can’t call her on Gulf War 2, cause we supported that conflict!

He stops. He’s tired.

Also here are Christof Waltz, Louis CK, and Lance Armstrong. All are armed.

Happy Wednesday. Safe travels.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

I’m on the 3:58PM out of the City.

Dr.Jeckyl-Hyde is in full swing. He has his right hand supporting the right side of his animated face, which is speaking to the back of Benched War Correspondent’s head.

Evidently he was listening to Elizabeth Warren’s questions to the SEC general, where she asked the question “Why hasn’t the SEC recommended a list of bank executives to be further prosecuted for fraud for the collapse of the economy due to CDS (Or CDO or CDL) – bad mortgages, since the Banks have already claimed direct liability and have been accrued fines of up to $32B?”

The SEC General, whose name J-H is now pondering, didn’t have a direct answer, stating that the SEC is a monitoring agency only with no prosecutorial powers. J-H renacts Sen. Warren’s clarification to the General “But, General, during the S&L crisis of the mid-1980’s, it was common that the SEC sent recommendations and amassed evidence to the Attorney General’s office to prosecute those executives found to commit fraud through the SEC’s hard work. Did the SEC do that with the evidence amassed that need to the fines against the current banks?” “No”, replied the General (again, J-H reenacting the whole conversation). “Why not?” asks J-H’s Senator Warren.

J-H then stops, like like the SEC General, and looks out the window silently.

Elizabeth Warren EMBARRASSES Bank Regulators At F…: http://youtu.be/2F6YkBa_Tig

Also here are Reverend Run, Moby, Gloria Estevan, Rachel Maddow, and the Son of Svenghoulie. All are armed.

Back to “One Size Fits All”.

Happy Wednesday. Safe travels.

Friday, September 5, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

I’m on the 3:58PM out of the City. I am sipping a beer as I ride the train home. A rare indulgence. Fat Tire, out of Colorado, and in keeping with my morphology, if you were curious.

I did a rare thing today. I took a photo, earlier, of a co-commuter. It was her hair, which strangely reminded me of 18th Century France during the time of Le Roi, Louis XIV. I have made all attempts to highlight the hair while masking the persons face. Quite frankly, I cannot tell from this distance if it is a later middle aged woman of Mediterranean extraction, or Chief Judge Antonin Scalia in drag. Here’s the manipulated photo.

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I love her hair. In the train car, it is the most natural and distinctive visual stimulus available. Well…the first stimulus, at least.

Speaking of visuals, there are two women chatting, some five seats back. The one on my left, aisle side, is very pretty. Probably late thirties, kids in school. Her friend is a bit older, early forties, growing gracefully into middle age. Window seat has bigger cheeks, a larger but not unhealthy frame, curly blonde hair.

Aisle seat is an elf by comparison. Kristen Bell with more angular features and brown hair. She reminds me of an unrequited college crush I once had. Aisle’s aura shines with power and stability. Very cool.

Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde is very quiet. His far right self is probably brooding over the Ukraine-East Ukraine-Russian peace negotiations and how its conveniently happening as President BHO is in the Baltic for the NATO summit. His far right side will perk up saying “the US had nothing to do with it”, while his RINO is countering with ” We have roughly 5% of the US population just two generations away from the Ukraine and the Baltic States. We have military bases within pissing distance of Ukraine’s western border. No, we had nothing to do with that.” He looks out the window, contemplating the sarcasm in his own head(s).

Also here are Benched War Correspondent, young Chuck Norris, Woody Allen, Rosa Parks, Hank Greene, and Ally Sheedy. All are heavily armed.

Happy Friday. Safe travels.

Friday, September 5, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

I’m on the 3:58PM out of the City. I am sipping a beer as I ride the train home. A rare indulgence. Fat Tire, out of Colorado, and in keeping with my morphology, if you were curious.

I did a rare thing today. I took a photo, earlier, of a co-commuter. It was her hair, which strangely reminded me of 18th Century France during the time of Le Roi, Louis XIV. I have made all attempts to highlight the hair while masking the persons face. Quite frankly, I cannot tell from this distance if it is a later middle aged woman of Mediterranean extraction, or Chief Judge Antonin Scalia in drag. Here’s the manipulated photo.

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I love her hair. In the train car, it is the most natural and distinctive visual stimulus available. Well…the first stimulus, at least.

Speaking of visuals, there are two women chatting, some five seats back. The one on my left, aisle side, is very pretty. Probably late thirties, kids in school. Her friend is a bit older, early forties, growing gracefully into middle age. Window seat has bigger cheeks, a larger but not unhealthy frame, curly blonde hair.

Aisle seat is an elf by comparison. Kristen Bell with more angular features and brown hair. She reminds me of an unrequited college crush I once had. Aisle’s aura shines with power and stability. Very cool.

Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde is very quiet. His far right self is probably brooding over the Ukraine-East Ukraine-Russian peace negotiations and how its conveniently happening as President BHO is in the Baltic for the NATO summit. His far right side will perk up saying “the US had nothing to do with it”, while his RINO is countering with ” We have roughly 5% of the US population just two generations away from the Ukraine and the Baltic States. We have military bases within pissing distance of Ukraine’s western border. No, we had nothing to do with that.” He looks out the window, contemplating the sarcasm in his own head(s).

Also here are Benched War Correspondent, young Chuck Norris, Woody Allen, Rosa Parks, Hank Greene, and Ally Sheedy. All are heavily armed.

Happy Friday. Safe travels.

Monday, August 25, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago

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Good afternoon.

I’m on the 3:58PM out of the City. I’m in the front car. I missed the old neighborhood enough that I came back to it. All my old friends are here.

For example, Clive Owen is seated two seats over. His temples have grayed since I saw him last, but he looks as handsome as ever. He is, as usual, fixated upon his iCrackerBot, which he is tethered using the proscribed earbuds provided by the manufacturer, as opposed to a high end, mini-subwoofer augmented, air traffic controller certified set of noise isolating headphones. Pfft. He’s such a Philistine! How can he expect to have an all inclusive, three dimensional, polyphonic immersive experience with a simple set of rural Chinese made plastic ear wax removers? Rube.

Benched War Correspondent is back. He’s been at the office e since 4:00AM, going over the influx of police brutality claims, both video-recorded and witness-corroborated, in the hopes of understanding the cultural reasons for this surge of excessive enforcement procedures. He’s looking out the window, contemplatively. Is it possible, in the name of “infotainment”, the Fourth Estate has contributed to the elevated fear of non-white folk?Is the acceptance of, and open publication of, rhetoric reminiscent of Jim Crow? Is he wondering about the effects of publishing leading questions instead of real facts?

(See what I did there?)

Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde is here. I love this man. He is my muse. I used to be in an academic/sociological, Louis Leakey like observer of our Homo sapien polysyllabus friend, but now I have embraced his eccentricities from afar. I understand how he uses books and printed material to keep him from “riding the window ” into silent , self satisfying exposition. I feel that this blog is a digital manifestation of what Dr. Jeckyl-Hyde demonstrates on a daily basis. When he is busy, or engaged in reading, or has a date (yes, I’ve seen that!), he comes of as an affable, likable, engaging conversationalist. When alone, with nothing to engage his mind, he turns inward, staring out the train window as less of a snapshot of a moving landscape, but a blurry dysfunctional mirror by which to speak to the only reasonable person he trusts, to figure out the chaos of the world he experiences or perceives.

My hero.

Also here are a bald John Lithgow, Spike Lee, Adam Savage, Dr. Billy Geer, and Carl Sagan. All are armed.

Dr. Who for me at 9:30PM tonight. Movie theater. No date! Somebody has to watch the companions and keep my TARDIS from disappearing, while I check out the latest iteration of the Doctor.

Happy Monday. Safe travels.