With the Taste of Chicago happening and the rerouting of the buses on my normal morning commute, I decided to take the Green Line to bypass all of that drama. Well, the train was crowded upon arriving at Garfield, but I was fortunate to grab one of the last seats. A woman is sitting in a 2-seater reading a paper. I noticed that her jacket was overflowing from her seat to mine, so in a nice gesture, I lifted it before sitting. She smiled and said thank you. Remember when I used the word fortunate earlier? Well that is where it ended. Upon sitting, she was still determined to read her paper as if she was still sitting alone. She would not move from my space. So, I pressed in. She begins to press back. The silent war begins, but being the pro that I am at this type of behavior, I held my ground. 3 stops later, we are still hard-pressed against each other, subtly fighting for more space. Basically, playing chicken. I showed no sign of retreat. After a few seconds, she starts to break, until finally, she puts her paper down angrily and folds her arm. I WON!!! Now the space is as it should be…smooth ride the rest of the way into downtown. Fortune restored.
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