I'm grateful to be at Week 11 of the "12 Parks in 12 Weeks" Tour. Every week is another battle. This week, I took the Red Line toAbbott Park, located at 95th and the Dan Ryan Expressway. I love the Red Line; it’s always an adventure to write about. I headed south on the Red Line from Lake St. and a guy got on and yelled, "if everybody don't get off the train at the next stop, I’m going to chop y'all up to pieces." He had a back pack, too, so he was really scary. Fortunately, he got off at Harrison. At China Town, another irate man got on the train and cursed out a black couple because the man allowed his girlfriend to wear a Marilyn Monroe shirt. He said that Marilyn Monroe was a drug addict and a prostitute and he should be ashamed. At Garfield, a man jumped on the train and asked if anybody had 50 cents. The irate man that screamed about Marilyn Monroe gave him $5 and told him to not smoke it all in one spot. When I got off the train at 95th Street, a man at the bus stop yelled to another man, “I'm going to kill you!” Public transportation, right!
Upon arriving at Abbott Park, I ran into Senator Jim Oberweis, who was out campaigning for U.S. Senator. He told me he had been talking with Pastor Corey Brooks the night before while on 79th and Cottage Grove Avenue. I asked him how he felt about Charter Schools in Chicago. He told me he was for them. He also pointed out that a CPS school, Sarah E. Goode, is funded and in partnership with IBM, which means students also get hands-on technical and business training, and that he chance to land a job at IBM upon graduation. Twenty-six more such schools will open in three states by the fall. I enjoy discussions about education reform. Here, listen to him explain it.
When I stepped foot on the court, there were already six to seven guys playing. They all were super happy to get shirts. There was even a lady present, and she had a solid jumper and a great post up move. She held her own on the court. Ironically, there was a guy nicknamed Z-Bo who played exactly like Zach Randolph, who's also nicknamed Z-Bo. This guy was pretty tough with the ball. He was the best player I've played against this summer. He made me work hard in my blue Nike Zoom Soldier VIII's.
Anyway, I enjoyed my time at Abbott Park. This park has a huge swimming pool, a nice sized park, and great basketball courts. This park is named after Robert Abbott, who founded the Chicago Defender. Defender papers are distributed throughout the park. Peace
written by Jahmal Cole