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Thursday, March 23

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Gaigen / September 12, 2008 9:56 AM

People walking three abreast on the lakefront bike path, or walking back and forth across the path while wearing headphones, oblivious to the speeding bikes, rollerbladers, etc. I vow to stamp out Self-Centeredness in my lifetime...

Teddy C. / September 12, 2008 10:15 AM

~People talking/texting on phones in movie theatres.

~People who talk on the phone whist riding bicycles

~People who clip their finger/toe nails in the office!

~ When people say "I know, right?!?"

~ People who carry doorman/golf umbrellas as they walk down the street on busy foot traffic days

~people who don't pick up dog crap, especially when it's on the sidewalk... and you can see that some poor schmuck stepped in it and there are scrapings on the sidewalk from where he dragged his shoe to clean it...

That's all for now...

Oh and speaker phone!

Crosswalks / September 12, 2008 11:35 AM

Why is the state considering passing a law about using cell phones in crosswalks? If the state really wants to protect pedestrians they should be enforcing the laws that are already on the books that say drivers should yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks? I'm tired of playing frogger. I want a car to slow down and let me cross.

sb / September 12, 2008 11:57 AM

jetpacks. delicious, boosty jetpacks.

Shira / September 12, 2008 12:26 PM

the current stepford 'anti-feminist' climate. antipsychiatry. people who use the phrases "race card" and "p.c.". "red eye" being considered a newspaper.wait, you mean activist, as in 'taking action'? I give money but don't actually do anything for any cause besides vote.

HOP / September 12, 2008 3:00 PM

Informing people of my issues with Sarah Palin.

Baldeesh / September 12, 2008 3:33 PM

Keeping the Christmas Cheer between the day after Thanksgiving and January 6.

madachode / September 12, 2008 4:30 PM

Informing the general public that the majority of people who live in Chicago between the ages of 18 and 35 cannot be fooled. They are actually from the suburbs or the "land beyond O'Hare" and have moved to the "city" to pretend that they have lived there all along. (esp when mommy and daddy still pay thier bills/rent).

madachode / September 12, 2008 4:32 PM

Also before I forget, it is important to inform the citizens of the US that when confronted by a person who says they are from chicago when travelling, be sure to check for proof of address, 9.9 times out of 10 that individual is actually from Schaumburg but likes to relate "the land beyond O'hare" to chicago.

Jerry Lewis / September 12, 2008 7:45 PM

Our charity will help raise money for the surgery to remove that chip off of madachode's shoulder.

I'm with Jerry / September 12, 2008 10:40 PM

Informing reverse-sobs like malachode that I, a 35-year-old, was born in Hawaii, then moved to Groton, CT for about a year, then Washington State for a couple years, then Charleston, SC for 3 more, back to Honolulu for 5, then off to sunny San Diego for 4, then over to Northern Virginia for 2, then Baltimore for about 4 1/2, then No. VA (again) for 3, then a move to Chicago in '98.

That and seconding 'Crosswalks' on this whole "cars get to run down pedestrians in Chicago" bullshit. WTF? The rest of the country is not like that.

And convincing dumbass Daley defenders who've never lived anywhere else that just about every other big city also gentrified in the 90s due in very little part to the leadership in their City Halls.

And term limits.

And cheaper wine.

And holding the door for people and just being civil. You know, you can save the world just by being civil.

Soup / September 13, 2008 11:32 PM

During my undergrad, Emma Goldman was my hero and I was very very active in radical movements (living in a co-op, being a vegan, loving all things diy, and more subversive activities than I will list.)

Five years later and I'm volunteering my time with the Chicago Bike Federation, Working Bikes Collective, Critical Mass, Literacy Works, and Gilda's Club for the amazing work they do to help cancer patients and their families thrive.

I still go to plenty of community forums and benefits. I go to the occasional may day celebration and anti-war protest. Oh yea, I sign petitions and buy cookies to support schools and such too.

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