Stop or Not a Stop - 8/29/05
When I was in Chicago, Charlie and I invented a new game to play on the El. If you've ever lived (or currently live) in Chicago, you may find this game interesting. If you've never even been to Chicago, you'll probably find this game irrelevant to your life entirely.

It's called Stop or Not a Stop, and it's very simple. When riding the train, one person looks at the transit map and either A) Selects an obscure stop from one of the lesser known lines (like 35-Bronzeville-ITT on the Green line) or B) Makes up a fake stop that sounds real, like Oak Street (it's actually Oak Park, on the Green and Blue lines). If it's a real stop, you get a bonus point for also naming what line it's on, and if it's a fake stop, you get a bonus point for naming the similar-sounding stop, or similar-sounding Chicago phenomenon (for instance, there's a Lake Michigan and a Michigan Avenue, but no Michigan el stop) your opponent was trying to fool you with.

Let's play. And no peeking at the CTA website.

Stop or Not a Stop?
(Remember, bonus point if you can name the line, or name what stop it's supposed to sound like):

1) Sheridan
2) King Drive
3) Polk
4) Grant
5) Forrest
6) Harrison

Extra Bonus Point: Are there more stops named Pulaski, or more stops named Kedzie?

Email me your answers -- I'll make up some cool-sounding but meaningless winner-title for whoever gets the most points.

Try Stop or Not a Stop with a friend next time you ride your local train. It's easily adaptable to New York's or Boston's transit systems, or even to L.A.'s, except that no one here ever rides the train. Ever.

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