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Comments for Car-free Summer, 2008 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree A journal of a not-so-bold attempt to put my money, and transport, where my mouth is. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:37:22 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 Comment on Sunday 8/24/08: What Came Before by nancy http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=79#comment-73 nancy Thu, 28 Aug 2008 02:55:42 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=79#comment-73 Laundry soap trucks? the "Huckster" , a produce truck? Junkmen?? this is the stuff of legend from my mother's era--sounds like your Pittsburgh in the 50's and 60's was a very different place than my suburban Milwaukee in the 50's and 60's...(young pups nothing, this is a place phenomenon)Too bad I missed the knife shapener guy this summer. But be aware one exists at the skokie farmer's market. Laundry soap trucks? the “Huckster” , a produce truck? Junkmen?? this is the stuff of legend from my mother’s era–sounds like your Pittsburgh in the 50’s and 60’s was a very different place than my suburban Milwaukee in the 50’s and 60’s…(young pups nothing, this is a place phenomenon)Too bad I missed the knife shapener guy this summer. But be aware one exists at the skokie farmer’s market.

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Comment on About Car-free by Leslie Pranger http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-71 Leslie Pranger Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:53:20 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-71 George, Interesting blog. My brother will be visiting Chicago and surrounding areas in October (our mother grew up on the north side) and I was researching CTA. He is a bus driver for Tri-Met in Portland, OR, and also car-free by choice. Did you go to the Chicago Art Institute and previously drive for CTA? I think we may have met on the train in '76 as my friend Jennifer and I were headed to U-Mass, Amherst, on exchange from Oregon State (Go Beavs). I will pass along this site to my brother. George,
Interesting blog. My brother will be visiting Chicago and surrounding areas in October (our mother grew up on the north side) and I was researching CTA. He is a bus driver for Tri-Met in Portland, OR, and also car-free by choice. Did you go to the Chicago Art Institute and previously drive for CTA? I think we may have met on the train in ‘76 as my friend Jennifer and I were headed to U-Mass, Amherst, on exchange from Oregon State (Go Beavs).
I will pass along this site to my brother.

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Comment on About Car-free by cheryl http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-70 cheryl Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:10:39 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-70 pardon. i meant to say that i started reading carfreechicago website and began planning and found your blog recently. pardon. i meant to say that i started reading carfreechicago website and began planning and found your blog recently.

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Comment on About Car-free by cheryl http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-69 cheryl Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:08:55 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-69 i started reading your blog while living in china and anticipating a return to chicago. i've been inspired and have spent the past year planning on how to live carless in chicago (with help from carfree websites). i've been back for two months and no car in sight. i started reading your blog while living in china and anticipating a return to chicago. i’ve been inspired and have spent the past year planning on how to live carless in chicago (with help from carfree websites). i’ve been back for two months and no car in sight.

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Comment on Tuesday, 8/19/08: Eating the Fruits and Vegetables of My Biking Labors by admin http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=125#comment-61 admin Sat, 23 Aug 2008 03:35:58 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=125#comment-61 I loop his leash over a parking meter out in front of the library. I've never asked the librarians if I can bring an 80-pound Collie inside but maybe I'll run it by them next time. They're a very helpful crew there. I never stay in really long, though, either. One librarian at Wilmette asked to pet him in the lobby because she couldn't resist a Collie. Lassie's good will carries the day for Marlowe. On the other hand, some businesses are very nice about bringing the dog in: Harold's True Value in Evanston and Millen's Ace in Wilmette are my two faves. The men and women on the crew at Millen's fusses over him and one guy always gives him treats. It keeps me from feeling guilty for leaving him outside, plus, I'm hoping he learns about plumbing, drywall, and paint. I loop his leash over a parking meter out in front of the library. I’ve never asked the librarians if I can bring an 80-pound Collie inside but maybe I’ll run it by them next time. They’re a very helpful crew there. I never stay in really long, though, either.

One librarian at Wilmette asked to pet him in the lobby because she couldn’t resist a Collie. Lassie’s good will carries the day for Marlowe.

On the other hand, some businesses are very nice about bringing the dog in: Harold’s True Value in Evanston and Millen’s Ace in Wilmette are my two faves. The men and women on the crew at Millen’s fusses over him and one guy always gives him treats. It keeps me from feeling guilty for leaving him outside, plus, I’m hoping he learns about plumbing, drywall, and paint.

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Comment on Monday 8/18/08: Little Ado about Even Less by Heather http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=124#comment-58 Heather Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:20:14 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=124#comment-58 We at the Evanston Public Library are happy to be of service in your quest to go car-free! Heather Norborg Reference Librarian Evanston Public Library We at the Evanston Public Library are happy to be of service in your quest to go car-free!
Heather Norborg
Reference Librarian
Evanston Public Library

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Comment on Tuesday, 8/19/08: Eating the Fruits and Vegetables of My Biking Labors by Lizard http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=125#comment-57 Lizard Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:57:25 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=125#comment-57 Hey George, what do you with the dog when you visit the library? Is he/she allowed inside? Hey George, what do you with the dog when you visit the library? Is he/she allowed inside?

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Comment on Friday 8/15/08: A Long Day’s Journey into…the Western Suburbs by Lizard http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=121#comment-51 Lizard Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:52:55 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=121#comment-51 I could not do that every day either. I tried to do the reverse commute from the north side of the city to a suburb 7 miles south of Hinsdale. It required leaving around 6:45am to make it to the office at 8:30, and then I had to shower (that whole "professional attire" thing was a big deal). I didn't get to my desk until 9. I had to work through lunch to somehow justify busting a move out of there at 4:20 to ride the 7 miles uphill back to Hinsdale at top speeds, and with any luck, catch the 4:57 which would get me into town around 5:30. (Did I mention the cars whizzing by at close to 60mph on the ride?) By the time I walked in the door, it was usually close to 6:30. If I missed the 4:57, it was well after 7. You could do this every day, but I'm sure you don't want to. And really, do you have to? I could not do that every day either. I tried to do the reverse commute from the north side of the city to a suburb 7 miles south of Hinsdale. It required leaving around 6:45am to make it to the office at 8:30, and then I had to shower (that whole “professional attire” thing was a big deal). I didn’t get to my desk until 9. I had to work through lunch to somehow justify busting a move out of there at 4:20 to ride the 7 miles uphill back to Hinsdale at top speeds, and with any luck, catch the 4:57 which would get me into town around 5:30. (Did I mention the cars whizzing by at close to 60mph on the ride?)
By the time I walked in the door, it was usually close to 6:30. If I missed the 4:57, it was well after 7.
You could do this every day, but I’m sure you don’t want to. And really, do you have to?

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Comment on Wednesday 7/30/08: Cyclist Sense of Humor by amanda http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=104#comment-41 amanda Sun, 10 Aug 2008 15:24:41 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?p=104#comment-41 you're most definitely not sorry for appreciating such childish humor. I just know it. you’re most definitely not sorry for appreciating such childish humor. I just know it.

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Comment on About Car-free by Brendan Caulfield http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-33 Brendan Caulfield Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:13:23 +0000 http://www.georgezrust.com/carfree/?page_id=2#comment-33 George, Your blog has been both inspiring and a fun read. I am living in BG and working in Evanston and the cost and time to commute has really been a drag. After reading your blog for a couple of days I decided to explore my public transit options and am happy to say I go door-to-door on the bus now! I am saving a boat load of money, doing something good for the environment, and not stressing about traffic - great stuff! Hope all is well in your world and let's hook up for lunch soon (since I am working in your neck of the woods)... Take good care, -brendan George,

Your blog has been both inspiring and a fun read. I am living in BG and working in Evanston and the cost and time to commute has really been a drag. After reading your blog for a couple of days I decided to explore my public transit options and am happy to say I go door-to-door on the bus now! I am saving a boat load of money, doing something good for the environment, and not stressing about traffic - great stuff!

Hope all is well in your world and let’s hook up for lunch soon (since I am working in your neck of the woods)…

Take good care,

-brendan

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