Chicago Time

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Ain’t no time in Chicago
People rushing the street
Quarter two says my watch

This Is Our Year

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The Cubs are going to win, you bet your lucky stars
The Curse is going to die this year, the most ridiculous thing by far
All these years they’ve been dreamin’ only to come up short
Now Chicago’s north side will endlessly celebrate, sadness is no more
The Billy Goat force thought it could win again
But the true talent of the Cubs would not give in

And guess what? They did win!

The Train to Janesville

It was another trip to the cheesehead state of Wisconsin to see the extended part of my family. This includes my oldest sister, her boyfriend, and kid.

All aboard. I rode a train for the first time ever. Me and my small family.

The ride on the luxurious modern Amtrak was wonderful. There was actual free Wi-Fi (a surprise) and outlets for electronics. The seats were comfy and there was a pull out tray on the back of the seat in front of me to place my laptop. I livestreamed most of the trip to my YouTube channel, not really knowing what to say or do, just kind of goofing off and showing my “audience” views from outside the wide train window.

The ride out of the train station in Jackson was breathtaking. It’s such a small town that we are out of there in minutes. There are things I don’t usually see from the normal perspective, such as railyards and lots of open farmland.

Racing through the countryside of Battle Creek then was a quiet meditating moment. To me and others, it looked as if we were traveling backwards at breakneck speed, but that was because we were in the seats facing away from the train’s engine. A couple seats behind me were facing the conductor’s room. A couple times, the ticketmaster (I think that’s what he’s called) came by to check tickets.

Eventually we arrived in Chicago at Union Station. Now it was a long wait in the train station. I went around snapping pictures with my little aqua green camera. A lot of homeless people came up to us asking for money. One was selling bus guides for a dollar, but of course this was a little ruse. I gave away my only dollar (I have a credit card) to a desperate man but another one was begging for nine bucks – maybe to go home, maybe to get some booze, maybe to get some hash.

Amish people converge in this area of Chicago. By taking the train and avoiding riding in cars, they at least preserve some of their stubbornness towards modern technology.

These are some pictures of the train ride and Union station in Chicago, the home of escalators I am always nervous to get on.

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Just another look into my deep mindful pensive, reflecting on the last two days

Chance Encounter

Share Your World – 2015 Week #28

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Got to be peanut butter. Just spooning or kniving it out of the jar and eating it like candy lowers my stress and makes me feel comfortable. But of course I love making peanut butter sandwiches (even if many people hate them). I love the thick crunchy peanut butter more than the smooth variety.

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick? (except food or beverage)

Great question. The first one I thought of was Walmart and of course the movie often dubbed “The Walmart Baby” where a woman has a baby while accidentally locked in the store overnight. It’s actually one of my favorite stores, where I can find almost anything I want for low prices. I would love to sleep on the display furniture (big comfortable fluffy beds) and play in the electronic section watching shows and playing video games on the big HD screen TVs. Warm me up some chicken tenders in the microwave, don a pair of Beats headphones and try out one of the new iPads. Or how about I just hit the deli and eat whatever delicious stuff they have in storage? Take an exhilarating ride around the store on an Amigo, recording myself. Go behind the dairy section to where they load the milk and eggs on the shelves. What a Weekend at Walmart it would be.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

Chicago, obviously. Now I would not remember this because I was still in my mother’s womb, but I was at a baseball game at Wrigley Field in 1990 or 1991, the family and my pregnant mother sitting somewhere in the top tier of seats (she had to climb all the way up there). Cubs vs. the Mets. Cubs won, I believe my mom said. I would not get to see Chicago with my own eyes and awareness until 2013 when we were just traveling through there to get to Kansas to visit the college my sister Emily thought about going to, Kansas University, but decided not to. I remember the part of Chicago we were in looking kind of cruddy and rundown – it was the South side where the Sox play. My sister Liz who was driving the van was urged to drive a little faster through the shady area, because everyone except sensible me was afraid we were going to be mugged or shot! Not the glamorous part of Chicago like I said. When we all walked into a Walgreen’s at night at the same time, the clerk behind the counter looked at us suspiciously.

Finish this sentence:  It has recently come to my attention that ….

… I just can’t get a job. Not in this city, for that matter. I don’t know how many times I’ve been rejected and it seems as if I’ve going to have to get creative and start really looking for things I’m good at or love (like photography or design), return to college, or move away to a city that hires you as soon as you walk in and turn in an application.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m basically grateful for continuing to stick through with writing my blog and continuing to improve and strengthen relationships with other bloggers out there. I also love that the weather is nice, except for the rain showers we’ve been getting. The MLB All-Star game has already come and gone this week, something I like but don’t necessarily look forward to every year except getting to see and know the players from either side. I just finished reading my copy of Roots by Alex Haley, and am looking forward to watching the rest of the miniseries online (I’ve already seen the first episode). I’m also thinking about applying to attend the Culinary Institute of Michigan next year through Baker College.

Photo 101: Day 18 – Edge

Just a couple days left of Photography 101. It’s been a thrilling ride to say the least. Today the theme of this course is edge, finding pictures that align or feature something aligning with the sides of the picture.

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The edge of the building is what matters here, not those pesky cranes looking for some dropped food. The handicap sign and NO PARKING FIRE LANE sign also align with the sides of the picture.

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A Chicago Story

Today I visited Chicago,
If only for the briefest moment
A glorious day of sightseeing
As grand as I have always known it

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One of the busiest spots on Earth
Its global commerce alongside Wall Street
A city that continues to grow
With no sign of defeat

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The metropolis by the lake
Where work is never done
Often called the Windy City
Because Chicagoans like to have all the fun

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The Great Chicago Fire
Some say it was O’Leary’s cow
A blazing inferno swept through the streets
Forever a reminder of the then and now

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The turmoil did not last long
For out of the ashes came a melodious song
The world’s fair bringing citizens together again
Celebrating Columbus’ successful mission
And America’s first breathes, how zen

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Chicagoland
The City in a Garden
Urbs in Horto
The landscape sculpted so beautifully
The parks and ports fit for show

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Music and art here is alive and well
From the blues, soul, jazz, and gospel
To the offbeat and unmellow
Classical monuments from the idealist alike
Art crafted so intuitively
It’s like they always knew who was right

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New York is the Big Apple
Chi-town, the Big Onion
Named for the tear jerking Allium

That is ever so abundant

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Exceptional dining is the way
Renowned by many far and wide
Its deep dish pizza, so delicious
Feeding the plenty one slice at a time

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With gusts of force, the Hawk swoops down
On those cold chilly mornings
From the waters of Lake Michigan
Neighbors across the shore peacefully snoring

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The night Chicago died
Capone and his mob ruled the streets
People thought it was done for
But Chicago got right back on its feet

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A ruthless draught forever engulfs the Cubs
While on the South side
The black and white cladden
Always have some bad blood

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Jordan and the Bulls
Dominated the hardwood
Knocking down opponents left and right
Paying off as we thought it should

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The Blackhawks
Part of the Original Six
Have fared well in their own right
Adding yet another Lord Stanley to their immense mix

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Chicago is my kind of town
The place I yearn to be
A bustling concrete jungle
That has such rich history
I wish to visit here again someday
To see more of this amazing place
And maybe even get to live here
And revel in its power and grace


Daily Prompt 11/2/14