I haven't commuted in two weeks. Here is the original journal entry, jotted down on a folded piece of paper intended for an exquisite corpse 12/15/2004...
The commute, journalize the early morning trip from W24th Pl Chicago, IL to 3333 Beverly Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL via the CTA Blue Line from the S. Western stop to Rosemont, then by Pace bus to the Sears Headquarters. Total Distance 40 miles. Total time one hour and fifty minutes. On 12/15/2004, incidentally the day after our 8th wedding anniversary, the fare is $2.00 which includes one transfer. I use a monthly fare card ($75/month - minus ~30% due to pre-tax purchase). I drive two days a week. I am not by nature a morning person. The trip start time is 6:50 AM. Arrival 8:48 AM. Gasoline price currently >$2/gal. MPG for our VW Golf 30 miles/gallon. Toll fares vary depending on route 25 cents one way 65 cents another.
Quiet ride - cold crisp morning - pretty but not distinct sunrise colors bouncing off the steel white dome of the United Center then sharpening the lettering on the Truckers Union Building. Cute frail giggling Asian students on at UIC. Man across sees that I am writing, looks over often. He must assume I am writing about him. He's an older man - his thick wool cap gives rooster dimension to his bird-ish profile.
This time of year, light is dim and streaky before entering downtown subway. When we pop up at Division, Full Light. The day is blue and clear.
People in front: Young black man tucked into padded winter coat with fur lined hood with backpack and printed knit cap. Cute blonde girl with high heeled black leather boots, dressed in black with head cold. Elderly lady in hooded jacket, hood up - possibly Eastern European immigrant. Business man, round, black wool jacket, glasses, black knit cap. Business woman in teal jacket, wavy dirty blonde hair, listens to CD's through headphones. Black man tan jacket glasses knit cap. People dressed for cold but train is warm. Cute blonde's hair strikingly long. Young white man in tight grey wool jacket, black knit cap reads paper back, black side bag, black shoes, crisp