• amtrak_russ
  • Are you from here? Maybe not.

When I was around 13 or 14, my friends and I headed up to Milwaukee to watch the Brewers play the Cubs. My memory’s a little foggy on the details, but either one of us or all of us didn’t have tickets, so we had to buy them off a scalper at the front of the stadium. Within minutes we walked by a portly fellow in full Cubs regalia—striped jersey, blue hat with red ‘C’ insignia, and Oakley sunglasses (then all the rage). His tickets were very reasonably priced, and as we made the exchange he asked us, “You guys from Chicago?”

“Yes,” my friend responded.

“Nice. Where in Chicago are you from?”

“All over, Near North Side over here, Rogers Park over here. How about yourself?”