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I’ve been walking to work once or twice a week lately, which is a great change of pace for me. Instead of taking 20 minutes to bike to the office, it takes me an hour to walk three miles at a leisurely pace. It gives me time to reflect on the day, plan out what I’ll do when, and generally take in my surroundings. I’ve also got two free hands to carry coffee and a breakfast treat from Sweet Cakes, my favorite bakery. Walking, especially when you’re looking to purchase real estate, is a great way to get a feel for a neighborhood. I focused on the side streets today, and tried to really tune into the changing architecture and populace of each block.

It helped that the weather has cooled off and dried out. The weekend was an exhausting, muggy mess–but today is cool and a little crisp. As I was walking along the Bloomingdale Line, past the building I want to buy, I saw a small flock of geese heading south. Such a brief summer this year! July is already almost over, and winter is on the way.

[Didn’t winter JUST end? I love you Chicago, but wtf. – UGGS]

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When I moved to DC from Chicago, my first experience with public transit resulted in amazement. Clean, fast, and on time. I’ve never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus, and the trains are rarely delayed due to mysterious track problems, probably caused by the ghosts of mobsters. This was always my beef in Chicago. The CTA seems great, until you discover it is a rotting carcass of a public transit system.

This doesn’t mean I like DC more than Chicago. I don’t. Chicago is my favorite place to live, except for the weather, the public transit, and generally the killings. DC doesn’t fulfill the diner needs that Chicago can. Nor the concert, indie film, or long walks on the beach needs. I find DC to be generally bland but pretty. Chicago is my home, and I love it, despite my complaints.

But my bitterness about the CTA was lessened this morning when I finally watched the video CerealMom posted a few days ago. She couldn’t grab the embed at the time, so here is the video:

I may have seen a girl vomit Orange crush soda all over the CTA, as well as seeing a man who was loudly yelling about having needle-sharing induced AIDS drop a bloody razor (I’m serious) on the CTA, but I have never been shoved onto the CTA. Thank G for small favors.

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