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Their way: What others are saying

Getting out and about, and talking about it.

“Volozen” Rob mentions that the Volo auto emissions testing facility is closing down. I wonder if perhaps the population hasn’t grown fast enough to support it yet? Maybe in a few more years, when the proposed shopping centers are built at Route 120 and Route 12/59, and if all of the proposed housing gets built…they’ll be back.

Chicago Tribune: With gas prices rising, driving has declined and Metra ridership has increased.

Chicago Tribune: Recycle old license plates at the Secretary of State facilities. Link found via Chicagoist, alongside a photo of a purse made of recycled (more accurately, repurposed) license plates. Un/fortunately, the purse is not offered by the Secretary of State’s office, and if it were I would have serious questions as to what is going on over there.

One Man’s Blog: 10 Worst Drivers Ever Caught on Video.

And finally, ‘XRT played a heartwarming ditty the other day: Steve Goodman’s “Lincoln Park Pirates“. For those not familiar with North Side Chicago lore, the Pirates (better known as Lincoln Towing) were notorious for their vehicle removals, although their notoriety has faded a bit over the years. Having been on the business end of Lincoln Towing’s hook, Goodman’s tune brings back memories of a North Side ritual: the ride to 4882 N. Clark to sheepishly/sleepily/angrily parole my car from their gated auto prison.

Drive safely and park wisely!

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  1. kilax says:

    They keep making announcements that there is more people on Metra while I’m riding. Maybe this means they’ll add a few more cars.

    I’ve got to check out the 10 worst drivers! I hope one of them isn’t me… 😉

  2. The 10 worst drivers post includes some TRULY wacky stuff. Fortunately, none of it from the Chicago metro area as far as I can tell 🙂 I’m sure I’ve made some comment-worthy driving moves myself.

    More capacity on Metra would be great. I avoid taking the earliest trains home because the seats are too few and far between.

  3. Clay Eals says:

    Good to see your post about “Lincoln Park Pirates” by Steve Goodman. He often doesn’t get his due. You might be interested in my 800-page biography, “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music.” The book delves deeply into the genesis of “Lincoln Park Pirates” and Goodman’s more than 100 songs.

    You can find out more at my Internet site (below). Amazingly, the book’s first printing sold out in just eight months, all 5,000 copies, and a second printing of 5,000 is available now. The second printing includes hundreds of little updates and additions, including 30 more photos for a total of 575. To order a second-printing copy, see the “online store” page of my site. Just trying to spread word about the book. Feel free to do the same!

    Clay Eals
    1728 California Ave. S.W. #301
    Seattle, WA 98116-1958

    (206) 935-7515
    (206) 484-8008

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