Jennifer Zelazny

Random and Opinionated Thoughts

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Serenity Now!

Spot Nazis

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Any Metra rider knows exactly where the doors open for the trains at their stops and then places themselves there each day in hopes of being one of the first people on the train, if the train is crowded to get one of two remaining seats. I have been riding the Metra every weekday for over 5 years. I spent the first 5 years at a small stop, the best stop on the line…and then recently migrated to a bigger stop where I can get an express train into the city. Well, it was one thing when the russian woman... Read More » Read more

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The Engineer Returns

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Well…if you go back about a week in the postings personalities you will meet the “engineer” of the group…and well, he returned yesterday as we were moving the nasty, wet, stinky sandbags from my house to the road. As we were moving the sandbags on dollies and wagons, the engineer approached and asked if we wanted help. Frankly neither of us wanted to even see him, so we said no. Then he busted out “well since I did half of them I might as well help remove them.” If I was not so damn hot and tired, I would have... Read More » Read more

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Need a Date? Get a Dog!

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About three months ago, my girlfriend and I adopted a retired greyhound. She is absolutely wonderful (the dog 😉 ) and we are very happy we adopted her. There were plenty of things we did not expect since this was our first dog, such as her love for hotdogs and the fact that she sleeps more than our cats, but of everything…her ability to attract all kinds of people blew me away. During our afternoon walks, I have had people approach me by foot, people pull over from the road, and people yell at us from cars at traffic lights…all... Read More » Read more

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Personalities

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Well, after spending the last few days sandbagging and preparing for a record breaking flood, I learned quite a bit. First and foremost..how to properly sandbag a soon to be flooded area. Second, there are a lot of weird personalities in my community. We had the “shovenist male”: “I do not mean to be a shovenist, but will you hold the bag while I shovel?” Me: Yes, I do not mind, I have my own system. We have the “rambler” who rambles about how hard they are working but is not physically working at all, only working at annoying us... Read More » Read more

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Chicago Metra Riders In the Summer

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Well, it is getting to be that time of the year when kids are out of school and the wonderful stay at home mothers, teachers, and vacationers, as wonderful as they are, decide to bring little Johnny, Judy, and their two strollers downtown to enjoy the city of Chicago. For all of us regular commuters, the summer is hell. Not only do we have to deal with the fact that they are coming downtown to enjoy the day while we are stuck in our dtuffy offices wasting time until 5pm (or whatever your core hours may be), we also have... Read More » Read more

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Black Sneakers Do Not Equal Black Dress Shoes!

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Ok, I have put in enough time thinking about how ridiculous people look when they try to pull the “black sneakers=black dress shoes” when they dress themselves in the morning. Men: do not wear sneakers with suits and try to pass them off as shoes just because they do not have logos on them. As Jackie Chiles would say, “they look hideous, ludicrous, and outrageous.” Spend $75.00 and get yourself a nice pair of shoes. Comfort does not have to mean sneakers. Read more

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Adult Happy Meal?

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Wow, I have seen a lot of stupid things, but nothing could have prepared me to see a steady stream of adults carrying “Adult Happy Meals” out of the McDonalds near my office. A grown person carrying aound a big stupid Happy Meal box…it was just not cool. How did McDonalds create such a nasty looking box? Is the box needed? As I made eye contact with a few men that were carrying these monster boxes out, we exchanged the same thought…”wow this is stupid, but they are including a pedometer as the toy, and that is cool.” <a href="http://mcdonalds.com/usa/fun/goactivehm.html"... Read More » Read more