You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

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I’m linking up with my friend, Laura of Fountain Pen Follies today as she and I share some Chicago area news stories that make us both SO proud (eyes rolling).  Laura and I first met in Blogging 101 and discovered we’re from the same area, although she’s north of Chicago and I’m southwest of the city.  We’ve become good friends and even met for our first lunch a few weeks ago, something we’re already planning to repeat.

I’m sharing a story from the western suburbs of a 29 year-old woman who allegedly left a suburban bar and was driving home when she drove her car onto the railroad tracks, not across them, but along them, later telling police “she thought it was a street.”  We do have problems with potholes in the Chicago area, but that must have been some poorly maintained street she thought she was driving on!

This happened at 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.  A police officer in the area arrived on the scene after other drivers started honking to attract the officer’s attention.  The police department then contacted the railroad to shut down all train traffic on the line while the officer attempted to stop the woman’s vehicle, which eventually became lodged between the railroad ties and tracks.  The officer could “smell a strong odor of alcohol” and asked the woman to complete field sobriety tests, which she failed.  Gee, hard to believe, right?

I certainly don’t mean to make light of drinking and driving, but the stupidity of some people is amazing.  I mean, have we all not heard of calling a taxi, or Uber or a friend?   And is it really a good idea for a young woman to be leaving a bar by herself at 1:30 in the morning anyway?  Just sayin’…  Luckily in this case, no one was injured.

Quotes are from the story by Alexandra Kukulka that appeared in Saturday’s Chicago Sun-Times.

Check out Laura’s post of what crazy things happened in the northern suburbs this past week!

Photo By Victorgrigas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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37 responses

  1. Your write ups are really beautiful… Do check mine too… A just newcomer @ authorsinxcess.WordPress.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I’ll be right over!

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  2. She was lucky to get out alive. Amazing.

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  3. […] has a companion piece here, and be sure to click on that, because it’s equally head-shaking.  Driving in the Chicago area […]

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  4. So happy to hear you are from around my neighborhood. I believe it, people are down right coo coo bird !!! I’m from the western suburbs. Do you think it will ever warm up. I hate spring here ❤ Blessings

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    1. With the snow yesterday, I’m having my doubts about spring! Those news stories are crazy, aren’t they? Scary!

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      1. Nothing surprises me anymore. Sometimes I just want stay in bed and cover up my head, which is what I’m doing today. Caught something, just hope it’s a cold !! Probably on the flight home ;( Get out my oils and tea. Hopefully I will not be down for the count ❤ Blessings to me 😉

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      2. I’m going to juice and use my oils (aromatherapy) and get into bed and rest all day ❤ Sounds like a plan ❤ Thanks

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  5. Holy crap, is she lucky! Seriously, I hope that was a wake-up call for her and she learned her lesson. 😦 That’s really cool that you met a local friend through WP!

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    1. Scary on the roads! Laura is super, we’re doing lunch again this month

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      1. 😃 I wish we lived closer! None of my WP pals is all that close. None of the ladies anyway!

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      2. I wish we did, too! We will have to do a field trip — we can go hear Rob and his band play sometime!!

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  6. Sounds like something my husband’s ex would do. She lives in Chicago.Makes you wonder how these people survive????

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    1. It’s scary out there! These stories just made me laugh and at least no one got hurt!

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      1. It is! I live near a college and have to always be aware of students who text while driving to and from classes.

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  7. That she managed to remain alive, is really amazing… !

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    1. Thank goodness, I know. Stupidity knows no bounds!

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  8. I won’t judge one way or the other, but as a former newspaper man, I’d have been out of business if it weren’t for these misguided souls. They make the paper go ’round!

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    1. Isn’t that the truth? Who doesn’t love these wacky stories — especially if no one gets hurt!

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  9. What a scary story! So wonderful that you have made such a good friend!

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  10. South Side huh? Well, then you must know Bad Bad Leroy Brown. He was meaner than a junkyard dog.

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    1. Funny! I’m in the SW suburbs of Chicago, about 35 mile out of the city, I think. But I do know Leroy Brown, lol.

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      1. He’s the baddest cat in the whole damn town.

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      2. He stands about six foot four… Did you get my list of questions? I hope that’s not the music you write to, lol

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      3. Laughing hard. NO, that isn’t the music. Yeah, I am working on the questions to make it entertaining, but answer the questionas well. Have a good one.

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      4. Good on both counts! I’ll be watching DWTS, basketball and my Cubbies tonight–and my book reviews. I have no doubt you will be entertaining; )

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      5. Thank you for everything. Enjoy.

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      6. It will be fun, looking forward to the interview and answers!

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  11. I’m rarely surprised by human antics, but this one especially made me laugh.

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  12. You’d think as often as people are stuck waiting on trains around The City, they’d leave a mental imprint. (Don’t be in Franklin Park while the freighters pass Sheesh.)

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