My Totally Awesome Morning

When the power went out shortly after midnight this morning, I should have known I was in for a fun day. Luckily it didn’t get too hot in our bedroom, but I did have to get ready for work by flashlight. No biggie.

I made it to my (first) train on time, but by the time we got downtown, it was pouring. I recently bought a Chicago Card so I could take the L or bus on days like this. So I attempted to take the Green Line.

Train came.

Brown Line.

Kept waiting. Another train came.

Brown Line.

[picture GIF of Artie from Glee and caption “oh what da hell”]


Kept waiting. Another train came.

This one was marked Brown Line on the front, but Green Line on the side. I stepped into the train and asked the passengers if this was a Brown or Green Line train. The first people to respond looked from out of town and weren’t sure. Then I got a lot of blank stares from other people (really????) finally I asked a guy who did look like he knew where he was going, and he said Brown.

Of course.

It had been 15-20 minutes by then, I had already missed my train that takes me to my office. Finally a CTA employee came around and informed us that a tree had fallen on the Green Line tracks south of the Loop, and it wasn’t running.


Instead of waiting for a bus that might never come, I figured I may as well just walk to my next train station, as I do every day.

But the sidewalks were slick. I was wearing flip flips with very well worn bottoms and kept sliding all over the place.

Can you guess where this is going?

[picture a GIF of woman falling down]

I fell on my ass trying to cross State Street. Pretty sure anyone who looked saw my underwear. I yelled out a choice four-letter word rather loudly and probably startled the woman crossing in front of me.

I wasn’t injured, so I got up, finished crossing the street, thought to myself “[same four letter word] THIS” and hailed a cab.

I was able to catch the next train to my office. (Had I missed that one, I would have had to wait an hour and a half for the next one … actually, I probably would have just given up and gone home.)

BUT … let’s look on the bright side.

I didn’t injury myself. (Although my wrist is sore.)

I didn’t get hit by a car or anything.

I have a job to go to and am not unemployed.

I … have a place to live that usually does have power.  (I’m grabbing a straws here.)

Hopefully the rest of the day goes a little better. At least my annual lady doctor appointment is tomorrow.

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16 Comments on “My Totally Awesome Morning”

  1. UGH! What a suckfest! 🙁 I am happy you didn’t get hurt and still made a train! Metra is awesome but sometimes there are not that many trains to choose from!

    It was pouring this morning at our house and I wondered if it was downtown too 🙁

  2. Thats awful! I’m glad you didn’t hurt yourself- i swear flip-flops injure more people every year than fireworks and bobcats combined. Somebody better buy you lunch today.

    And at least you can still express the morning through animated GIF’s?

  3. Some days are just better than others, right? On a very unrelated but still “sucky shit happens” note, my bbq grill flashed me last night. I inhaled flames, have half of a right eyebrow, zero arm hair and a couple singed head hairs. Yes, I’m okay. Hoping this at least makes you giggle and glad that you aren’t walking around with half an eyebrow. 🙂

    Tomorrow WILL be better!


  4. UGH. I know what you’re talking about when it comes to slick streets. The painted crosswalks? Straight up deadly.

    But you still got there! I’d call it a win.

    Stupid storms. I spent 15 minutes trying to figure out where the hell a leak was making it in from my windows…

  5. I know the weather made it an unusual day for the EL but fyi there are almost always 3-4 brown lines, a pink and maybe an orange or two before the green line shows up. That’s the train to my house.

    1. Yeah I had a feeling it was a line that didn’t run quite as many trains. Now that I’m looking at directions on Google Maps, it looks like the Green Line runs every 10 minutes. It looks like the bus might be a better option – there are at least 3 buses that follow the same route through the Loop that I could take.

    1. Ha! Years of practice I guess … I know I don’t like being around negative people, and I believe you get out of the world what you put into it … put positive energy out there and you’ll get positive energy back, right? Plus I fear the moment I start complaining, the universe will make things worse and really give me something to complain about.

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