Monday, July 30, 2007

My Kinda Town

That's right, it is my kind of town, because after months of traipsing all over town like the proverbial headless chicken, I once again have a routine. I am once again an ordinary Chicagoan.

I have two jobs, two kids, but only one wives. I spend a chunk of my day staring at a computer monitor inside the Federal Reserve building. I take my coffee at the Monadnock. I cross Federal Plaza hurriedly, trying not to look up the Dirksen. Iffy spot there, you know, gotta keep your head down. Family Secrets? What Family Secrets? I don't know nothing.

I get off the Red Line at Addison along with throngs of drunken sportsfans, except I am there to pick up my daughter from pre-school. You know, when I was a kid, I used to wonder what it would be like to live next to the Bernabeu or the Maracana. Now I realize that it's not as glamorous as I thought. Of course, those that live in the vicinity of those other venues occasionally have something to celebrate. Perhaps their sportsfans know how to properly interfere with play.

I ride the Red Line with my daughter all the way up to Stella, where she promptly, and rather deftly, pours herself a cup of water from the water cooler, and then goes for the cookies in the display case. I knew there was a reason we started this project.

After I close up at night, I take a bus home. Our family logistics preclude me from having a car at that point. Oh well, good riddance. Who needs a car when you can one-fifty-one it home at all hours? Like I said, my kind of town.


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