Polite and prayerful CTA passengers
I've been reporting on CTA rider behavior now for nearly five years, and observing it for more than 20 years. And of course, certain patterns repeat themselves at certain times of the year.
There's the guy in early April who goes coatless in short sleeves on a 50 degree day.
And at the beginning of every school year we deal with the influx of students after a placid summer.
And then there's the pious pray-ers, who seem to come out in full force during Lent for Catholics.
In the last week I saw two women in the 50s -- and they are always women over 50 -- fervently clutching and working their rosary beads in advance of the Lenten season that starts tomorrow today (thanks Paul).
One of the women actually took a break to make a call. She politely placed her hand over the mouthpiece so as not to be heard by fellow passengers. Or maybe she just didn't want us to hear? Either way I appreciate it.
And throw in a prayer for the RTA and CTA to solve its funding deficit problems, among others..