5/27/10 Chicago Station

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Ellen's picture

Spending time in Chicago Union Station, I am reminded that things aren't what they seem. When I first enter the station I see a blur of motion that is people running pell mell from place to place. I feel them brush passed me, and they merge in front of me, squeezing me out of the path ahead so that I have to find a new route. Everyone seems to be shouting. But there is another layer here. I can easily miss it because my brain wants to stereotype the urban Chicagoan as Rude. Loud. Mindless in pursuit of a destination. People DO rush around. They are busy and seem not to have a lot of time. But the woman behind the lunch counter asked me if I wanted my beer in a cup because the bottle was not a screw top. She even put a lid on it so it wasn't obvious I walking around with a beer in my hand in the middle of the afternoon. (hell, I'm on “vacation.”) And she made me smile in response to her smile. I got pleasant vibes from her. She let me know that when Chicagoans get where they are going, they are people, too. Plus, she had Anchor Steam Pale Ale. Mmm... Not Miller Lite. Ew!
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Ellen
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