This is the section where I leave the computer and take off the glasses.
Anyway, take a look at a video of my fantastic plastic car. Only place it flies is down the highway;-)
It's always gratifying to know that your videos are being watched. And that the people watching are as passionate about the subject you're documenting as you are. Here's a perfect example.
I shot this video in January of 2007 and had intended it as a tour of a part of Chicago's south side most native-born south siders never see, let alone anyone else. But it took on a life of its own, especially in an election year. Unintentionally, it ended up being fairly damning evidence of the job Dorothy Tillman, the then-incumbent 3rd Ward alderman (city councilman) was doing. (I live in the 3rd Ward, by the way.) By the time she was finally voted out of office last year, the 3rd Ward had 5,000 vacant lots, half the number in the entire city. Chicago blog GapersBlock.com called it "Probably the most effective negative ad in political history." Actually, that would be the 1964 Lyndon Johnson presidential campaign ad with the mushroom cloud, (Harry & Louise would be runner-up) but I'll take the compliment;-)
She's a private citizen now, but her arrest in a Montgomery, Alabama hospital two years ago was just a sample of the tantrums her constituents and city council colleagues had to put up with. I guess that in Montgomery, her name doesn't carry quite as much weight as she thought;)
And is she really dumb enough to think she could get medical records from a hospital without requesting them in writing and waiting 7 to 10 business days? Apparently.
Take a look at some self-promo Christmas cards from years past.
On the transportation front: There are only three places in the United States that you can still ride one of Chicago's famous but long-gone Green Hornet streetcars. I'll take you to one of them, a place you would never, ever suspect.