Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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(Un)eventful Commute

Several years ago, the Chicago Transit Authority hired a professional voiceover guy to record all of the standard announcements for the city’s bus and L lines. A few stirring examples: “Addison is next. Doors open on the left at Addison.” Or how about this one: “Your attention please: We are being delayed, waiting for signals ahead. We expect to be moving shortly.”

OK, so the material isn’t exactly Oscar Wilde, or even Oscar Mayer, but it gets the job done.

Another type of announcement one will occasionally hear on the L is the declaration of one’s run number. I heard one this morning, as I was somewhere between nodding off and working the Sudoku puzzle in the Sun-Times. It went like this: “Welcome aboard Red Line run 911.”

Well that woke me up! I mean, I don’t think we should ever forget the significance of that date, but it kind of caught me off-guard.

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