Thursday, March 13, 2008
(9:32 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
"Taking a Cab"On Google Reader, I came across the headline "Gold Coast man falls 19 floors to his death". The snippet of the article they provided was perhaps the most enigmatic I've ever seen: "Michael Rivera wanted to pay his cab fare in cash."
This odd juxtaposition prompted the following exchange with one of my CTS colleagues, David Reese:
(9:21:59 AM) David Reese: Wow.
(9:25:19 AM) Adam: Even after reading the article, it's unclear to me what happened.
(9:25:40 AM) David Reese: well, you know, he wanted to pay his cabfare in cash, and clearly one thing just led to another.
(9:26:06 AM) Adam: I'm paying with credit next time.
(9:26:19 AM) David Reese: Or wearing a parachute.
(9:26:26 AM) Adam: In fact, it's because of stories like this that I so rarely take a cab.
(9:26:46 AM) David Reese: You never hear about this kind of shit with the cta.
(9:27:10 AM) Adam: There was one time when they found a human foot in the trash at the Morse Red Line stop.
(9:27:20 AM) Adam: But I never go to that stop.
(9:28:02 AM) David Reese: Well, that could've come from anywhere... like, say somebody fellout of a building, maybe that foot flew off and landed in the morse stop.
(9:28:17 AM) Adam: Someone taking a cab most likely.
(9:28:37 AM) David Reese: Can "taking a cab" be a new euphemism for violent death?
(9:28:49 AM) Adam: I think so.