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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.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 – Inbound – #trainspotting#Chicago



Good morning. On the lively 7:55AM into the City. The NFI is 3.

There’s camaraderie in the quiet car this morning. The lead male singer from the B52’s is sitting in front of me, working on his laptop computer. The microwave WiFi emitter is pressed right up against his unmentionables. As he pecks away at his own impending doom, he’s listening to, of all things, the B52’s. His head (above his shoulders), is bopping to and fro to the steady beat of the 80’s pop rock that is far too loud to be safe.

Next to me is an attractive Frida Kahlo type woman. She has a vaguely Castillian or Spanish accent. She is most definitely from the Iberian Peninsula or the Mediterranean region. No mustache, though.

I say camaraderie because the three of us had bulky packages in our possession and, at least for the trip from our stop to the Pretty People’s stop, we’d stack our luggage in the empty fourth space of the jumpseat. We held out for a good while until the train started picking up speed after the Pretty People boarded. A aged docent of the public zoo in the heart of the City, who looks a lot like the old man in the animated movie Up, asked to sit in the fourth space. With due respect and muted apologies, we retrieved our packages so he could sit down. He is now looking critically at his iCrackerBot and deciding which buttons to press today.

William B. Macy is here, seated one seat back and across the aisle. The respected actor/director is reviewing a script on his iCrackerBot while texting his wife, Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame. Evidently, he is torn between taking on a project where he is a nice guy gone bad vs a bad guy who seems nice. Tough call, William.

Also here are Anil Kapoor, Amy Adams, P.J. O’Rourke, and Carol Burnett. All are armed.

Happy Thursday. Safe travels.