Friday Afternoon Confessional: Suggestions
I confess that in my classes, I have a running gag of claiming that I’m going to “write a letter” to have something changed — most often, I’m writing these hypothetical letters to the pope, given that I’m teaching theology. I confess that this week, I did finally “write a letter” with two of my suggestions for the CTA, both relating to the Damen bus:
- The southbound Brown Line stop should be moved closer to the tracks — the current position requires people to walk across a gas station parking lot to make the transfer. This seems like a slam dunk to me.
- The north end of the route should be changed so that it goes down Lawrence rather than Foster between Damen and Ashland, allowing for a connection with the Ravenswood Metra — I confess, though, that I felt some serious hesitation when I thought about the fact that the current routing allows it to serve a high school, which may be a bigger priority than the Metra station. But I sent it anyway, because I don’t want to be like Obama and make preemptive concessions all the time.
I confess that if either of these changes gets made, it will confirm to me that I have “clout” — something I first demonstrated by getting a KFC shut down back when I was living with Anthony and Hayley. Of course, my intention was for the city to buy the land and turn it into a park when the KFC (which was disgusting) got shut down (for smelling like a toilet), so my clout only extends so far.
I confess that I find it a little annoying that Christmas and New Year’s fall on Saturday this year. I confess that I’ve made tentative plans with The Girlfriend for New Year’s, namely to watch MacGyver all night and go to sleep well before the ball drops — but I confess that I always find it difficult to ignore holidays, even when I don’t want to celebrate them. We’ve started a nice new tradition for patriotic summer holidays, though, where we make “fancy” hot dogs somewhat reminiscent of the menu at Hot Doug’s. Horseraddish, arugula, and shredded Swiss cheese makes for a tasty hot dog.
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