24. Thrive. You live in a big city! It’s wonderful and it’s crowded. Take advantage of what downtown has to offer on weeknights. Beach on a Tuesday after work? Yep. You’ll have it all to yourself. Free concert downtown on Thursday night? Sure. Only locals are out. Dinner on a Wednesday night in River North? Do it. It’s gonna be swarming with people in three days.
2. Drive. When you’re the first car stopped at a red light and another car pulls adjacent to you on the right do not accelerate abnormally just to keep them from getting in front of you. That person is in a rush, or just likes to drive excessively fast. They are going to speed right past you. Let them go. They’re not going to affect your travel time at all. Fight your instinct to not let them in and turn it into a race. Think rationally about it. Let them get out of your way and enjoy your day.
1. Drive. We all know the old adage, 2 seasons in Chicago…winter and construction. It’s true. Most people probably think of construction on the expressways, but from April to November every side street I drive on is being resurfacing. When approaching a small patch of road construction mainly where the intersection has been carved down by 2 to 3 inches there is no need to slow down to 5 mph. Tires are incredibly rugged. They will be fine. Drive right over knocks in the road like a motherfucker. Especially, ESPECIALLY if you are in an SUV. It is an SUV for God’s sake. It was designed to do this. It yearns to do this. Drive over road defects at the speed limit with authority! Keep traffic moving.