Shaky week for Chicago

It’s been quite a newsworthy week here in Chicago and those of us living on the northwest side have had more than our share of events to deal with.

Earlier this week, we were rattled by a wild cougar roaming into a northwest side neighborhood where police cornered and killed it. (I wasn’t happy at first to hear that they killed it instead of capturing it, but apparently the situation escalated so rapidly that there was no other option.)

Then we get another fiasco on the el’s Blue Line Tuesday morning leading to thousands of frustrated morning commuters. Thank goodness I no longer ride the Blue Line every day and my husband had decided to ride his bike to work that day. The extra cost I pay for a Metra ticket is worth the increased reliability and decreased hassle. I mean, who wants to start their day stuck in a filthy, poorly-ventilated tunnel underground?

Finally, today we wake up to an earthquake. I briefly roused this AM at about the time of the ‘quake, but I just put it down to my typical pre-dawn restlessness. Several folks at work say their cats woke them up, but our poor kitty got stuck outside last night (that’s what she gets for sneaking out the back door just before bedtime) and the dogs didn’t seem to find anything wrong with a little trembling in the morning.

Let’s hope things settle down a bit here.


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