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Friday, April 24, 2015 – Inbound – trainspottingChicago



Good morning.
I’m on the 7:55AM into the City, after just missing the 7:30AM. Happy Friday to all.

It’s been awhile since I have posted about the comings and goings on the train. Lots of changes happening for the commuter set.

The train is less crowded. This could be due to more telecommuting opportunities. This train is one of the later express trains, so many of the hard working commuter set are packed in on the 7:30, or the very intrepid 7:15 expresses. Or, perhaps the GOP candidates are right. All of that exciting talk of new job growth isn’t translating to mid-level admin, systems analyst, residential home loan account representative, or civil engineer job. Perhaps that growth is in the retail side?

I’d take some time and look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, but I’ve got papers to push and contractors to stare down, so I’ll leave it up to WSJ and Bloomberg to sort out.

Well, enough about my random thoughts.

Roger Sterling is here. For those of you unfamiliar, he is the head of the Sterling Cooper advertising agency, documented in the show Mad Men. Our real life version on the train has the stark white hair, but instead of a cutthroat CEO, our Mr. Sterling has a more professor emeritus look about him. The hair is unkempt and has taken on a mid-90’s David Bowie sort of form. The furrows of  his face are spot on like John Slattery’s Sterling. Our man has glasses with the strap, so when he takes them off, the specs hang like a necklace. He’s reading the paper and doing the crosswords. I think he’s going to go to the office, fire and intern and head to Ruth Chris’ for a liquid lunch.

A Desi version of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory is here, seated three seats back. Balding head, thick glasses big ears, the man is seated, with fabulous posture, and either meditating or asleep. The only real difference between our man and Sheldon is our man’s milk chocolate skin tone.

Also here are Issac Asimov, Stephen Chu, Stephen Fry, Molly Ringwald, and Anil Kapoor. All are armed.

Happy Friday
Safe travels.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 – Homeward Bound – trainspottingChicago




Good afternoon.

On the chaotic 3:55PM out of the City. The NFI is 4.

Evidently, an Amtrak train on this line got into a “crossing incident” along the same line as the one I take into and out of the City. The announcements from the loudspeakers at the downtown terminal station are by an actual human being, as opposed to a recorded digi-voice. The female voice sounded even keel, but stern. Very annoyed mom. But, the train left on time. I’m expecting as we get close to the “incident” site, we’ll be delayed there.

In any case, a guy who looks like Jay Cutler is here. He’s a tall fellow. When seated his knees are bent to an ungodly angle. If outstretched is 0°, he’s at -100°. For you trigonometric purists, if his legs were perched on the bench in front of him, his legs  are just past -π/2 radians, assuming a counterclockwise orientation for positive radians. Anyway, this fellow is also slouched in his seat such that the seat of his pants is suspended between the two benches. His back must be really strong. Evidently good posture was not important in his upbringing.

The train has stopped because of the aforementioned accident. It is situations like this that I regret not picking up some refreshment at the station prior to boarding.

I took some photographs of some excellent graffiti painted on some freight cars and posted them to my FB page to a friend of mine, who is cataloging the graffiti in photographs. Though not quite to his standard, I accidentally caught our bald, hipster, chin-tee co-commuter staring out the other window. I will not post them here – it might out me.

Chin-tee Faux Flea (of Chili Peppers fame) is not all that surprised or exasperated by the train delay. Nor is he getting barraged by his wedded partner at home. I wonder if everything is alright with him. Most of the folks in the car have checked in with their households, either via phone call or text. Chin-tee Flea hasn’t called anybody or informed some one of the delay. Hmph.

Ah. Phone calls being routed to my attention. Evidently the train has gone past the delay-site.

Also here are Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), a Ferengi trader, Stephen Fry, and Leslie Nielson. All are armed (for my protection).

Happy Thursday. Safe travels.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – Inbound – #trainspotting#Chicago




Good morning. On the, bundled, 7:50AM into the City. A full train.

I’m sitting in front of a brunette Selma Diamond. The diminutive, smoker-voiced bailiff from “Night Court” is reading a book on sales and salesmanship. I’m guessing she’s going back to school, which is admirable as the woman in front of me is easily in her mid-sixties. She’s wearing dark-blue jeans, a black down-layered jacket and is wearing silver rings. No gold. Silver earrings. Black classes. A serious woman.

If she is trying to go into sales and marketing, she doesn’t seem to have the general vibe for the job. The sales people and advertising folk that I know are generally more ebullient. Their vibe is much more inviting. Ms. Diamond here looks more like a closer. A results oriented, no nonsense, by the book sort of person. She doesn’t smile, or hasn’t yet.

For those of you who are classic Doctor Who fans, the Master is here. Roger Delgado played him, and a younger version of the man, looking well dressed, well groomed and sinister, is sitting two seats back along the window. His perfectly trimmed goatee and parted wave in his hair make him look perfect for galactic domination or hedge fund management.

Stephen Fry is here. The British satirist, comedian, actor and author is looking about the car, much like I am, to see what and sbo seems interesting. A music lover, Mr. Fry has on a large set of headphones that make him look slightly alien, but the music is very much self contained in the vacuum created around his ears by the soft padding. I can bear music coming from cheap headphones of other rider within the car, but not from his direction.

Right. Enough voyeurism for today. Also here are Valerie Bertinelli, Richard Kind, Ron Kittle, Leslie Nielson, and a Bouvier. All are armed.

Happy Tuesday. Safe Travels.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 – Homeward Bound – #trainspotting#Chicago


Good afternoon. On the, bubble popping, 3:58PM out of the City. Day Sixteen of the US Shutdown.

The four die-hard followers of this travelogue may recall a short Hurt like desi woman that I nicknamed “Big Momma”, who is usually seen with an equally short, but far less voluminous male I’ve named “Le Petit Moustache”. Well she is here. And she brought go women with her. Both are tall, pretty and about my age, probably younger.

Big Momma is in a white, embroidered silk “Punjabi dress” or “chunni”. The top goes down to just-above her knees. The hem is a hot pink diamond shaped embroidery. The leggings are hot pink.

Ms. Thing 1 in front of me, has a department store pullover over a Paisley cotton print, also from India. Very hip-hippie. Blue jeans, comfortable shoes and a big two-toned faux-leather purse close the ensemble. Ms. Thing 2 is all American fashion. Fall-type black jacket. White blouse with a bit of frill. Black slacks. Grey purse.

Ms. Thing 1 and Ms. Thing 2 speak Telugu and Hindi and English. Big Momma does not speak Telugu, so all three are mixing their English and Hindi. If Thing 1 and Thing 2 want to private message, they go into fluent Telugu, which I understand. I am sipping a can of beer, which bothers all three but I ignore. Thing 1 is a natural beauty. Thing 2 is less so. Big Momma is in charge and is most certainly descended from Jabba.

The three believe wholeheartedly that I don’t understand a word they are saying. They want me to leave. I periodically tale slow sips on my beer.

Also here, all the way near the main entrance, is a couple in their late 20’s. Both brunettes, she looks like she came from Dance Studio or a workout for a modeling agency. He looks like he just finished teaching Modern Grunge Rock 103. Her hair is up in an “I Dream Of Jeannie” tail held up by a big white hairband. He has a full beard – not quite Civil War but certainly not Five-O-Clock. They are quite attractive. I do believe he has excited her in some way, though with some news of a band-tour and not by digital means.

The three desi Women in my jump seat are 1) actively looking for other seating and b)openly talking about other passengers, in Hindi. They are not kind. It is difficult for me to stay un-reactive, as I want to punk them or provide my own commentary with them. Probably the former.

Also here are three furloughed Federal DOC prison guards, Stephen Fry, Caucasian Barack Obama, two deer hunters and Louis Leakey. All are armed.

Shutdown don’t over till the House ratifies the Senate compromise everyone is excited about. When POTUS signs the CR, Government is back to work.

Round Two just after the New Year.
I want to call the 113th the “Breaking Badly” Congress.

Happy Wednesday. Safe Travels.