Saturday, April 10, 2010

The "S" Curve

The infamous "S" curve on Lake Shore Drive. I came across this photo purely by accident, a photo site by a guy named Cushman. I had a neighbor who had to drive to work during the winter of 1979, one of our worse ever. I forget the deal, he just had to drive. Well, he spun out, and he wasn't the first car there. An ambulance came up to assist some elderly woman from another car, and that slid out and another car hit the back of the ambulance itself. No one took the curve at a high rate of speed, even in the summer, so there were no life-threatening situations that day. The story was a staple of backyard conversations for years. For those planning a visit, the curve is no longer, well, no longer as extreme.

Stevens Bldg, Toilet Paper Train

Two things here: the partly-demolished sign for the old Stevens Building, a skinny little wonder, the shops and businesses dwindling in size the higher up you went. The building is still there, just melded into the storefront next to it. Dress Barn or some shit. The other photo IO find funny. There has been advertising like this on the el trains for years now. The Lottery, Jazz Fest. Mind you, thewre might only be one car out of five with an advert. When I got off the train at Fullerton a few weeks back, I saw my favorite color first, then what was being hawked, and I knew I had to take the photo. The Cotton El.