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Monday, January 30, 2006

The "L" Commodities Market

We're house sitting in Hyde Park right now, so I was able to take my old route to work this morning. The Red Line at 55th street is vastly different from the Red Line at Addison. For instance:

1. The market for individual cigarettes is booming. If I could buy stock in guys selling individual cigarettes on the "L" I wouldn't hesitate. However, the market for chew is not nearly as bullish.

2. Some guy was selling a bootleg copy of the movie "Bubbles." I though that this was strange, as the DVD is being released simultaneously with the theatrical release. He told me that most of the folks (His word. He said "folks.") on the train don't know that, so it doesn't matter.

3. The strangest item for sale today was "ointments." Upon closer inspection, the "ointment" in question proved to be KY Warming Personal Lubricant. This poor merchant did not appear to be fairing very well. I considered asking why he had decided on this particular product, but I though better of it.

4. M&Ms were popular, as always. The kids in question were allegedly raising money for their baseball team. If you live in Chicago you have definitely run into these kids at some point. There are hundreds of them. It's a big team. I think the older gentleman with the kids must be their coach, although I wouldn't have allowed my kids to play on his team. He was rather unkempt, and smelled of urine.

This concludes today's report on the South Side "L" Commodities Market.

(Note: Spell Check isn't working, so I apologize for any mistakes. I don't have time at the moment to do much correcting.)


  • I was on the subway in New York one time when a kid about 10 years old paced the car and said, "Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, I am not selling this candy for my baseball team. I am selling this candy to put money in my pocket." I admired his honesty, but a homeless guy started yelling at him to shut up.

    By Blogger MDS, at 3:34 PM  

  • That's nice you get to visit your old neighborhood every now and then to feel better about where you live now.

    For kicks, how 'bout a post on the "folks" (what would they be called up there, "yuppies" is an aged word) where you live now and the silly things they do for cash and how they smell?

    It would be better if somebody from down south spoofs your area of course, but not too many of those folks are have online equipment, I'm guessing.

    Still, it would be fun to read a little post pokin fun at white folk ways. In a similar light-hearted way of course.

    (I got it! You could riff on all the well-heeled moms and dads selling overpriced cookies and holiday wrap, etc. for their kids clubs. Those fundraisers are legit, but still funny.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:59 AM  

  • I'm pretty happy about the general lack of bums and preachers on the north side L, and although the odor doesn't discriminate so much.

    The North Side has its own foibles. Giant sunglasses, for instance. The South Side, though, is quite an experience. I'm very glad to be gone.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:21 AM  

  • I'm very glad to be gone.

    Dunno. You seem to get more copy from "slumming" than from evaluating your own back yard.

    Me, I hate overly perfumed scents in public myself. Unless you get close, this can carry more than urinated pants that somebody's been wearing for a week. By choice, of course.

    Can you do a funny piece on homeless people sleeping on grates and underpasses now? Nevermind... I liked the story of yo mama paying the Target workers to get the best action figures for her boys. Say, is your dad Judge Noonan by chance? You privileged guys make me laugh; I suppose what you have is who you are in those circles.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:07 AM  

  • Wait, was it action figures, or tickle me elmo? I can't remember.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:11 AM  

  • No relation.
    We are the first lawyers in our family.

    You make a lot of assumptions about me that are simply not true.

    I get plenty of ideas from the north. I haven't written about the south side in ages. My concerns about the SS are not petty. People were murdered outside of my old apartment on an all too regular basis, and with increasing frequency at the time of our move.

    You thought the L commodities market was funny? I'm sure all of the people riding with me from the southside to the loop, to go to their jobs, thought it was as funny as I did. Which is to say, not at all. I don't think it's funny. It's annoying. Most of the L salesmen are thieves. You know that the only reason that anyone sells KY on the L is because a case of it fell off of a truck.

    They make the lives of those that are on the south side and commuting to the loop worse. That's bad for everyone, and it doesn't have to be that way.

    You seem to be on quite the high horse. I'm not a fan of poverty or war. I'm not a Republican, not a Conservative, and I did not vote for the current president (or did you not read that far back).

    That is why I advocate policies that expand growth, innovation, education, and high standards of living.

    A bit further down you claimed that Professor Boudreaux's (Professor of Economics, George Mason University) excercise was not "real economics." Think again. He was engaging in a display of real consumer purchasing power, the most accurate way of guaging progress. The catalog example is a bit simplistic, but it is accurate enough, and easily relatable to a wide audience.

    Also, I don't think you understand what a trade deficit is.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:15 AM  

  • Why not pick on someone your own size is all I'm saying.

    Poor vendors hustling -- allegedly stolen merchandise or not -- is a cheap shot.

    Surely you have some deeper examples in your own circles you could confront.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:29 PM  

  • I worked on a case in Judge Noonan's court once. The other side didn't seem to find it amusing that we had the same name--first and last. But we're not related.

    So it's okay to be a thief if you are poor? I disagree.

    Also, could you not post anonymmously? Pseudonymously is fine but it's hard to keep track of who's saying what otherwise.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 4:22 PM  

  • I blogged it because it happened. I'm not going to ignore something that actually happened to me just because someone might find it objectionable, especially if I find it interesting.

    Poor people are fine. Bums suck. There's a big difference.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 7:17 PM  

  • "You know, it's not good to go around calling other people theives unless you have proof."

    Oh come on. I think you made a few assumptions in these comments. Get over yourself.

    "You walked by some human beings on a train platform and made some assumptions and comments. Got it."

    Maybe he should have written a little poem about it? That would be cute.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 7:45 PM  

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