I have a borrowed theory that everyone on public transportation is either miserable or acting like they’re miserable. I also have a theory that everyone is awkward, or at the very least, acts awkwardly. Point in case: last week on the train. I rarely take the train, but boy I am glad I did. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have overheard these gems.
Three best things overheard on the CTA last week
1. Business lingo
Scene: Brown Line, between Chicago and Sedgwick
Cast: Two (presumably) Lincoln Park girls
Dialogue: “I tried to google to find out the difference between a CEO and a COO. And I’m still confused!
2. Shirtless in Chicago
Scene: Red Line, around the Granville stop
Cast: Conductor to a particular passenger on a moderately full train
Dialogue: “Sir, I’m going to need you to put your shirt on.”
3. City talks
Scene: Red Line, around Lawrence
Cast: Three fashionable young guys in their mid-20s
Dude #1: “There’s a great view of the Chicago skyline there.”
Dude#2: “What’s a skyline?”