There's a resurgence of an old gang North of Howard.
The 49th Ward Service Office took to the streets for the first time that I've lived here. It's known as a moving Satellite Service Office set up outside train stations on certain mornings. The original email blast stated they would be there "to meet with you, take requests for city services and assist you with any other matters of concern to you."
I always cross the street at Ashland and walk to the Howard el on the south side of Howard. This morning I walked on the north side of Howard to the stop light at Paulina. There was a new gang loitering outside the el with coffee and possibly other food. I didn't pay much attention to the table since The Man in the Suit was there. He was grabbing hands - some that were reluctant to shake his.
I was behind a six foot neighbor but Joe saw me coming. He very courteously and very professionally smiled at me from a slightly sunburned face. He pretended to happily greet me and smiled that extra big smile. I attempted a smile in return which should have been appropriately sufficient. Then he called over his shoulder to 'get her a banana'. Wanting to make sure I heard correctly above the din of trains and street noise, I said 'pardon me'? He chuckled ever so innocently and said 'oh, I just said to get you a banana'. Joe and his Ed McMahon (Dave Fagus) snickered like two naughty little boys. But Fagus was to Joe's right and if I recall correctly, Joe called over his left shoulder. Who's smiling face should appear from the doorway of Pete's Cafe? None other than 'Ward 49 Human Relations' staffer, Wayne Frazier.
Such professionalism to a constituent, just one of half the ward who did NOT vote for him.
'Speaking of bananas' I said as I reached into my carry-all, 'what are you doing about this?
The expected denial came fluttering out with a sarcastic insinuation that it could have been one of my 'friends' NOH. Certainly, I have friends NOH. His inference that some don't like me are certain ones who 'assisted' him in the dirtiest campaign of his career! Let's just say these assistants couldn't afford the postage to send hundreds of these little things or obtain the mailing lists without a little help!
The Man In The Suit once again lowered himself to his bully antics and in a public place. I'm 5' 2" and his tomfoolery made him look much smaller than me. Joe feels obligated to chastize one blogger for his meeting antics, (or lack of social graces) yet fails to note that frequently his demeanor is on much the same level that he mocks in another!
Isn't the alderman supposed to support all constituents? If this will be his attitude for the next four years then apparently he hasn't learned much at all. So much for the 'matters that concern you'.
On a side note: A neighbor who campaigned for Gordon had a 'front yard fire' about 9:00PM last night. Charcoal briquets were set afire with an apparent large dose of accelerant causing flames to spiral upward. Neighbors doused the fire with water before it spread to a nearby tree. No perps were seen much less apprehended. Too bad the alderman wasn't there to stomp it out with his fine Italian shoes.
Let's hope he's nearby if the perps try it again right?