Odd Ball and Ad Hoc

pigeon tracks
pigeon tracks. Photo by Roman
rebar prison
rebar prison. Photo by Roman
dangling
dangling participial. Photo by Roman

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The Spirit of 1970

It wasn’t all Peace & Love, alas.

1970
Anti-war planning meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago, circa 1970. Photographer unknown.

I don’t recall who took this photo. I want to say an acquaintance from college, Paul Chen, but it may have been someone with the Illinois Institute of Technology student newspaper. Or someone else altogether. I’ve had the print since sometime shortly after the meeting. It accurately captures the spirit of some of the folks involved in lefty politics at the time.

Mash Note

everyone should get at least one

Handed to me while I exited a Brown Line CTA train at Quincy & Wells. The door closed behind me almost before I had the time to even look at her.

mash note
Drawing by anonymous.

I still have the hat. It serves as a fine litmus for people prepared for something different. Or not.

Winter Has Come

photos from 1358 W. Greenleaf, Chicago

This is the view from my bedroom at 1358 W. Greenleaf. I lived there for about a quarter century, and for about a third of that time, I really did want to move. But the lease was up at the end of April, right when I would always be submerged with time-limited work: No time for apartment hunts, no time for packing, no time for moving.

But the place did have its benefits. In courtyard buildings, you must be jealous of your privacy. It’s not clear to me if all the inhabitants of the four dozen or so apartments knew this, but even so, sometimes stuff happens: the fights or quarrels, romance, insanity… the various dramatic episodes of peoples’ lives. Once there was even a movie shoot.

I really should have kept a journal.

But these are calmer moments.

1358 W. Greenleaf
View from 1358 W. Greenleaf, circa 2002. Photo by Roman
1358 W. Greenleaf
View from 1358 W. Greenleaf, circa 2002. Photo by Roman
1358 W. Greenleaf
View from 1358 W. Greenleaf, circa 2002. Photo by Roman