Posts Tagged "on the way to work"

On Meeting Darnell, Who is Blind and Takes the Stairs Two at a Time

On my way to work yesterday, I was heading towards a flight of stairs that connects the Blue Line to the street level. A few feet in front of me, I spotted a man who was blind making his way towards the stairs – tapping along with his white cane. In the rush of the morning commute, there naturally were lots of people about – and several folks passed by him on his left side. When the man arrived at the bottom of the stairs, I saw him pick up his cane off the ground. And then the most extraordinary thing happened:

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Who Needs Newspapers Anymore?

Spotted this on my (new) commute in to work. Walking by, I was struck by how empty it looked… so many slots empty. In the age of Twitter and RSS feeds, physical papers feel like another era sometimes.

At first, on seeing this… it made me feel like people no longer really read newspapers. But another thought occurred to me: these might all be empty because people are still actively reading newspapers.

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Fenceless

Today, I noticed that the fence that ran along the borders has been taken down. I don’t know how long this fence was here, but there were several spots where bushes and small trees had literally merged with the fencework – growing between the gaps and getting pretty big in the process. When they cleared out all the vegetation, there were large hunks of wood still stuck and intertwined with the fence – which, apparently, were deemed too difficult to remove, and just left there in pieces.

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Stormy Skies Over Chicago

As Liz and I were walking to work, we didn’t notice how strange the sky looked until we got to Logan/Milwaukee. We had been walking underneath the shading that runs along the boulevard, but when things opened up at Milwaukee… we noticed how odd the sky seemed.

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Bored: Chicago Dice, Logan Square

Walking to work, Liz and I happened across a pair of dice that were clearly made by the same guy(s) that made the large Monopoly cards around here.

For the first time, the “signature” on the piece now seems to refer more to a collective than an individual. Instead of “-bored,” the name listed is “we are bored.” So my hunch here is that it’s a group of people at work. I wonder if we’ll see more work using this new moniker.

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New Bench, New Wave Coffee

While walking to work this morning, Liz happened to see a group of guys working on a large structure. From a distance, it looked a bit like a platform of some kind. As we got closer, we realized it was a series of benches, curving and connecting with one another. In passing, I stopped and asked one of the guys…

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Leave a Light On

Spotted this guy on my way to work yesterday, walking through the alleys behind my apartment. I’m not sure exactly why it caught my eye, but the light from this small lamp seemed to jump out from the drab exterior of the building.

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Graffiti Love

It’s funny how well I feel I know the alleyways near my apartment. I may not travel it every single day, but I do tend to notice small changes here and there. Rounding the corner, this smiling face kind of just jumped out at me.

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Tempting the Taggers

Looked up on my way to the Logan Blue Line stop yesterday, and spotted this large, blank space. To me, it was screaming for someone to show up and tag the thing.

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Birds of a Feather

I don’t know what it is with me and my fascination with birds – particularly when I’m on my way to work. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m just waking up, imagining everyone (and thing) else is also just starting out their day.

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