Thursday, February 23, 2012

Calvin; Roger

Calvin: Seen getting on the Red Line to 95th at the Fullerton Station at about 8:10 a.m. 
Roger: Seen on the Purple Line to Linden at about 8:30 a.m. 

Scientists say we evolved from apes. But with the variety of the animal kingdom, and the diversity of humans, wouldn’t it make more sense if we evolved from all sorts of creatures? Take Calvin, for example; his avian ancestry is perfectly apparent. Sharp shoulder blades, once the bases of broad wings, jut out from beneath his thin jacket. His beak-nose is curved, hawk-like. It’s easy to imagine him as a giant bird of prey, swooping down from the skies to catch his dinner. Of course, Calvin is not a bird. He shops at Trader Joe’s for dinner, like any city-dwelling human. Maybe he still feels a shiver of satisfaction, though, when he strolls by the seafood section and spies the whole fish, fresh from the lake. They look so alive, so helpless, like a perfect target.

And then there’s Roger. Roger obviously stemmed from serpent stock. He is swathed in slick, corporate clothing—long black coat, leather gloves, white dress shirt, a tie. He has smoothed his dark hair back with slimy gel. He looks smarmy. He is probably a lawyer; however, one can’t help but see him slithering up the ranks at his company, squeezing to death anyone who gets in his way. He seems like a smooth talker, skilled in the art of persuasion, much like his forefather in the Garden of Eden. Roger and Calvin are not the only ones. Look around you. What creatures do you see at your office? On your bus? In your home? 

Sorry there was no story yesterday. I worked from home, so I wasn't on the CTA at all. Team Lindifferent won second place at trivia last night, though! So that was fun. I'm going to see Young the Giant tonight, which should be good. And...that's about it.

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