Wednesday, September 28, 2005

County Line

I've been listening to an album entitled "Field Recordings from the Cook County Water Table" by Brokeback. It's a cool recording, but that's not why I'm mentioning it. It just dawned on my that the first county that was able to identify, with the exception of the county where I grew up, was Cook County. I'm pretty sure that I learned where Cook Country was located (in Illinois, encompassing all of the city of Chicago and some outlying areas, in case anyone wasn't aware) from an episode of Punky Brewster, but I'm not entirely sure. I seem to remember an episode where Punky had to go to the hospital. Before cutting to a shot of Punky in her hospital bed, they showed some stock footage of a hospital in Chicago that had Cook County somewhere in its name. I don't have any other interesting stories for how I came to learn the names of any other counties. By the time The O.C. began its run, I already knew where Orange County, CA was. Of course, I've never actually watched the show, so it wouldn't have helped me anyway.

11 comments:

Rosa Benito said...
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dusty said...

I dig Brokeback as well. Basically any band with members from Tortoise is pulled into the iTunes. But I think it was probably Blues Brothers, not Punky Brewster, that first identified Cook Co. for me -- as in, the Cook County assessor's office that Elwood and Jake had to reach with the 5-0 on their tail in order to pay the back taxes for their old orphanage.

If the geographical thing has you piqued -- and this may or may not be in your ken -- Sufjan Stevens has released the first two of his state-themed LPs, starting with MI and IL. "For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti" is one such tribute on the MI album. Both seem very critically lauded.

dhodge said...

I still haven't seen the Blues Brothers, or Blues Brothers 2K for that matter. If you dig Tortoise then you should check out the various Chicago Underground incarnations (duo, trio, quartet). I've heard some Sufjan Stevens and I like what I've heard. I wonder if he'll manage to achieve his goal of cutting an album for each of the 50 states?

MDS said...

I imagine Punky was treated at Cook County Hospital, since renamed John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. I'm a Chicago resident but I've never been there. I'm not a big fan of naming a big facility like that after a man like Stroger, who is still in office (he's Cook County President). I have nothing against Stroger, but won't it look awful to have his name on the building if he gets pulled over with a dead hooker in his trunk or something?

dhodge said...

While Cook Country will have some egg on its face if Mr. Stroger gets a little too rough with a lady of the night, it is nice to be able to honor someone while they are still around to enjoy it.

MDS said...

True. I guess it was somewhat negative of me to suggest that a few bad politicians should require a blanket policy of never naming a building after a living person.

I generally dislike posthumous awards, actually. We often wait until someone dies to say anything nice about them. In the spirit of changing that, dhodge, I will say now, while you're living, that I think you're a fine man.

dhodge said...

Thank you for the kind words, MDS. You know I feel the same way about you. I probably wouldn't name a building after you, however. Your name is too common, people might think it was named after Mike Smith the asshole instead of you.

MDS said...

Yeah, I get confused with Mike Smith the asshole all the time. Just today when I was getting on the train, I pushed aside a pregnant woman so I could take the last remaining seat. She said, "You're an asshole," and I said, "No, you've got me confused with someone else."

gregorykwu said...

Mike: after you b-slapped and verbally assaulted the pregnant woman on the train, did she ask if you realized your voice was loud and annoying?

dhodge said...

I believe that she retorted that half of the passengers in that train car could hear what he was saying.

MDS said...

For the record, I don't believe the woman you're referring to said "and annoying." Apparently you're projecting your own opinion.