Silent Village

Silent Village

Here’s to 745 stranger-neighbors. Horizontal dwellers speak with elbow resting on white wood fence. Vertical animals pull out smart phones in the elevator to avoid exchanging words. The condo residents do share one thing in common: a fear of fire on the 36th floor that left some death.

Eddie Bauer Window, Chicago

Developing an interest in storefront windows. I’ve never really stopped and looked before. These are serious money projects. I’m going to find out the cost of a display from concept to completion. I wonder how people are involved. Image

Human polar bears drop pants, dip in lake

This makes year 11 for the Lakeview Polar Bear Club’s plunge into Lake Michigan. With the temperature right at freezing, which is warm compared to years past, a record number of dunkers stripped down to summer swimwear or less. This reporter spotted no fewer than eight man-thongs. Unknown to most gawkers, the plunge is a fundraiser for needy families.