Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders.
—Carl Sandburg, “Chicago”

The other day I ventured on a business trip. It was good but the best thing about it was when it ended. It involved getting up at 3:45 am. I normally go to bed at 4:00 am. Yes. As far as my as my zombie condition allowed, I busied myself taking photos from trains and buses. I’m a firm believer in the ugly being pretty when it comes to it.


Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.


  1. Nice photos, I really like seeing places like these which I’ll never see in person. ❤️



    1. Thank you! True, you’d never see such things even as a tourist. I don’t really move in touristy places.



  2. 3:45am cannot seriously be a real time. Does it even exist?!

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    1. Yes, it’s a real thing! But not a very nice one…



  3. That’s twice you’ve been out lately! I’m deeply impressed 🙂 Nice photos BTW



    1. I know, right, I’m really trying to improve myself in this way 😀 Thank you!

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