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Overheard . . .

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

At Madison and Franklin, a young woman sitting on a planter, to passersby: “Can anyone help me buy a coffee, or a latte?”

Overheard . . .

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

At Publican Quality Meats, guy to waitress after she tells him she can seat him and his girlfriend at an outside table: “Oh, right on! Excellent!”

I haven’t heard anyone say “right on” in at least 30 years

Must-see TV

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Saw a promo on PBS last night for what looks like a home improvement program hosted by David Axelrod.
This Old White House?

Overheard . . .

Friday, May 18th, 2012

At the French Market in the Northwestern train station, one young woman to three others:
“Well, let’s get our gelatos and get out of here before they start bombing.”

Welcome to NATO town.

Overheard . . .

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

At Canal and Madison, a man and woman walking side by side, holding hand-lettered signs and chanting in unison:
“Repent your sins or you will surely be put to death.”

Overheard . . .

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

In the Walgreens at 55th and Lake Park, one teenage girl to two others: “Everybody know Ashton Kutcher is super-duper cute.”

Overheard . . .

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

On Orleans, near Randolph, one woman to another:

“And then he said, ‘Now you be the puppy.'”

Overheard . . .

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In Petco, over the store’s PA system: “Customer needs assistance with tadpoles, line 3.”

Musical shares

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Three things I learned while hanging out with Chicago Symphony musicians:

–One of their nicknames for Sir Georg Solti was “the screaming skull.”

–There’s a chorus in Handel’s “Messiah” that begins “We all like sheep.”

–They referred to one of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies as “the Indistinguishable.”

Overheard . . .

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

At Madison and Wells — change-seeking homeless guy vs. bell-ringing Salvation Army woman: “Is anybody going to help the homeless guy or is everybody going to help the million-dollar organization?”