Last night, while a hellacious rainstorm battered Chicago, the long-silent Twitter account of @MayorEmanuel flickered to life for a brief moment. The above cryptic tweet was posted, then immediately got deleted from the account. I happened to be online at the time and grabbed a screenshot. Is it mindless babbling? Or is it a secret message about tomorrow’s aldermanic runoff election? The account’s creator, Dan Sinker, is remaining suspiciously coy. Perhaps you can crack it?
The genius behind @MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker, who has a heart made out of Chicago and balls of punk rock.
The Loop should not be like that. Here’s how The Loop should be. The first sip opens your eyes wide, so you look like one of those just-graduated-from-UW kids falling for the dude running the shell game on the “L.” The second sip makes you wonder whether your shoulders are broad enough that you can read Carl Sandburg’s three-volume biography of Lincoln. The third sip knows a guy who knows a guy who can get you seasonal work driving a snowplow at O’Hare. The fourth sip has you fishing in your wallet for a Big Jackson so you can get in on some of that shell game action. The fifth sip convinces you to take out papers to run for alderman. The sixth sip convinces you that it’s not even worth taking the trouble to go vote. No one has ever taken an seventh sip.