There is something I really like about subways. I like the efficiency, the under-ground-ness, and the broad range of characters that ride the subway. Even when I’m in other cities, I try to use their subway system to see what its like. While visiting Chicago earlier this year, I was waiting on the platform at Jackson Station listening to the street (subway?) performer play the violin, when a couple caught my eye.
Chicago natives Kasia (kah-shah) and Peter got of a nearby bench and began slow-dancing as the theme song to Life is Beautiful echoed through the terminal. They spun each other and laughed in the midst of onlookers (see the girl staring in the photo?) who seemed hypnotized with the carefree display. When the song ended, the audience applauded. As a train passed in the opposite direction, a new song started and so did the dancers, inspiring another couple to share in the sponteneity.
Taking a cue from their sponteneity and the “100 Strangers” project I saw at Artomatic this year, I began talking with them after we boarded the train. Kasia, an executive admin, and Peter, an entrepreneur have been long-time friends. It wasn’t until St. Patty’s Day 2009 they began dating and have been since. Peter is a part of a company Effleurage: personalized cuisine and therapeutic massage.