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Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Christmas cheer is everywhere

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere but my house. People have been decorating for months now, and I do not have one thing up yet! I work well under pressure.

Make sure to look around when you are parking. The winter parking ban started in Chicago on Dec. 1. They say the first day the city towed on average a car per minute. The parking ticket itself is expensive; and then they add towing and storage fees. The initial ticket is $60, towing fee is $150 and $25 a day for storage. If you are towed, the car will be taken to either 10301 S. Doty or 701 N. Sacramento.

There is road construction popping up all over the place too, so be careful. The new traffic light on 51st Street, east of Lawndale, is working.

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In some places the red light and speed cameras are going off so much, they look like strobe lights.

The good news is the economy is picking up. The bad news is I got stuck by three trains on 55th Street on Friday on my way to work.

The Gage Park Branch Library has many programs for kids and adults of all ages and interests. Because of the pandemic, they are all online, and you have to make reservations. I cannot even mention them all, because there are so many. I would suggest going to the website and checking it out for your self. Go to chipublib.bibliocommons.com, where you can find whatever you are looking for.

I’m a little closer to getting my Christmas shopping done. The piles are getting a little more even.

This Christmas I would like to give the Saran Wrap ball game a rest for a year and maybe try a Christmas card game, but I will have to check with Timmy to see if he will go along with it. I know a lot of you play it too. It’s fun, but it’s time consuming to prepare.

If you don’t know what it is, I suggest you check it out. You can find it on Facebook or type Saran Wrap ball into a search engine, and a bunch of links will pop up.

I have to work on Christmas Eve, so we get a late start. I’m almost ready to suggest doing it on another day so we have more time to enjoy each other’s company. Everything is rush, rush, rush and it sucks the fun right out of it.

Here are a couple of jokes from Mike. I forgot to put one in at Thanksgiving, but better late than never. Why did the cranberries turn red? They saw the turkey dressing. OK, here’s joke number 2. Why did the golfer bring an extra pair of socks? He had a hole in one! Keep them coming, Mike.

Thank you for the cartoon you sent me, Pat Pavlica. It was cute.

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