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Mr_pkg 52M
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7/25/2006 8:32 pm

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7/26/2006 6:32 am

good day

I typically harbor deep misgivings about travelling in the Chicago area. I cannot recall having ever gone there without getting mired in traffic, but today was different.

In spite of construction (ever present, it seems), I hardly had to slow down on the way there or back (and drove back thru at 5, local).


Ikea was great, too. I got my fix for awhile. Rumors abound about them opening a store nearer to us, too! That could be good. But it could be very bad for our checking account. Time will tell.

On a horticultural note: having moved away from Northern Indiana some time ago, I'd forgotten what a nuisance certain plants could be. Purple loosestrive (Lythrum salicaria) and common reed (Phragmite australis) not only still choke certain roadside locations, but seem to be moving both eastward (I'm judging by what I've seen along 80/90) and southward (along 65). On the one hand attractive for their blooms, purple loosestrife has, at least in the Chicago region, the tendency to quickly displace any native flora that would otherwise poplulate wetlands. Phragmites is much the same (but is also much less attractive).

There are cultivars of purple loosestrife available that are supposed to be less prone to the agressive tendencies of the populations that rampage through the aforementioned regions wetlands, but I prefer the various species of Liatris.

Gads. That's about enough of that for now, eh?

rm_PeanutJackie 37F
1286 posts
7/26/2006 4:34 am

I assume the traffic in Chicago was a bit easier thanks in part to the changes they have made to the Tollway system over the last year. I'm sure it makes it a lot easier for Ipass users, but a pain in the butt for those people out-of-state. Thankfully I still have my Ipass From what I've heard, Ipass can be used in a couple other states as well *shrugs*

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