At Madison and Franklin, a young woman sitting on a planter, to passersby: “Can anyone help me buy a coffee, or a latte?”
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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
Saw a promo on PBS last night for what looks like a home improvement program hosted by David Axelrod.
This Old White House?
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.
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.”
In the Walgreens at 55th and Lake Park, one teenage girl to two others: “Everybody know Ashton Kutcher is super-duper cute.”
On Orleans, near Randolph, one woman to another:
“And then he said, ‘Now you be the puppy.'”
In Petco, over the store’s PA system: “Customer needs assistance with tadpoles, line 3.”
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.”
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?”