Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Blue Line Blues

[the monitors at Clark/Lake subway stop]


Every morning I take the Blue Line to the Clark/Lake stop to transfer to the Brown Line. Since the Blue Line is also the line out of the city to O'Hare, there are monitors set up at Clark/Lake with status of mostly domestic departing flights. I suppose this is to aid commuters heading out the the airport. Very helpful, right?

Personally, I find this not helpful in the least. It is torture, really.


Every. Single. Weekday morning.
I am compelled to glance at it as I weave through the crowds and rush of the morning commute - the 9:50 flight to San Fran; the 10:10 to Portland; the noon flight to JFK; LA; Vegas; DC; Austin. Or my favorite - the 2:30 to Heathrow. Fuck you, American Airlines.


You get the picture. It is as though these monitors are there to remind me that I'm not going anywhere. Except to my office or class. When all I really want is to get on a plane and go somewhere; anywhere away from the snow and cold and homework. Sigh.

13 comments:

Julie_Gong said...

i feel the same way... i wish i were going somewhere. anywhere really...

The Idea Of Progress said...

I exit at Clark and Lake too. I just keep my head down and pretend not to notice, because otherwise I'd just throw myself under a train.

Mr. Shain said...

maybe you should be a stewardess...

Jake Titus said...

You can stand on the platform and loudly say things like "Shit, I'm going to miss my flight to Sydney"! That way you can deflect your misery onto everyone around you.

Jules said...

That would depress the shit out of me, too. Though on those winter storm days when most of the flights are delayed or cancelled? I would probably giggle a little bit.
Jules
House of Jules

Mighty Dyckerson said...

I got a Brown Line in my underwear. Fucking Taco Bell burritos!!

FitnessNerd said...

mighty dyckerson: LOL

It sounds like [Cherry] needs another vacation so close to his New York trip. It doesn't matter that I haven't been anywhere except Louisville and French Lick (yes, French Lick) since August. :-p

Aww, I hear the music of little violins for both of us. :)

Spammon said...

Yeah, but I bet those fools flying to Heathrow are getting assorted nuts and a half a can of soda for lunch. You on the other hand...the world is your oyster. Or at least, the places around your office are your oyster.

classyandfancy said...

Howard Baldwin Trophy should start touring. I heard that have a huge following in Big Bone Lick,Ky.

JUSTIN said...

If it's any consolation, I get to watch the jets take off and whiz past my office window day in and day out...

5 of 9er said...

Yes, but most of those people have jobs that make them travel everywhere and they are not enjoying themselves or having fun.

minijonb said...

travel is dangerous. you might be better off where you are.

Michael5000 said...

Eh, all of us here in Portland wish we were doing homework on the Brown Line.

Or maybe not.