Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 6
…You must be from China sister. That is clear down by the lake….
Once the Constance and Fanny retrieves their suitcases, they now must find their way to the University of Chicago. At least when traveling by train, the paths leading away from downtown Union Station are much easier to follow.
“I can see the skyscrapers from here, but this airport is out in the boonies,” laments the frustrated 3rd grade teacher.
“Where are you headed ladies?” yells the bold driver of a Checker automobile painted in striking yellow with a Taxi light affixed to the roof. “It’s mighty cold out and ain’t nowhere I can’t take you.”
“That’s a triple negative,” the librarian mentions.
“Shush,” Constance pokes.
“You must be from China sister. That is clear down by the lake.”
“We saw a thousand lakes on the way here, which one is it near?”
“Are you for real? Michigan, come-on, that big one over that way!” Eddie points.
“My friend was merely kidding sir; we know where the university is located. We just need a reliable way to get there.”
“My name is Eddie, not sir and Avondale Avenue will take us to Lakeshore Drive, bing-bam-boom.” Eddie Dombroski has been a cabby since his discharge from the Army at the end of the Second World War. “That’s unless the wind drifted that snow we got last night, then we could cut down State Street to 55th.”
“Splendid! 6137 Kimbark and don’t spare the horses.”
“That is just a saying Eddie,” explains Constance. “Just get us there quickly.”
“We have the utmost confidence in your driving.” They have no other alternatives, but just in case, that yellow taxi is built like a Sherman Tank.
“Let me introduce us: my name is Carolyn and this is Sara.” She points to Fanny, fending off an approaching elbow with a timely wink. “We are visiting a high school friend who has made it to the big time.”
“You mean like Benny Goodman, or maybe that Rita Hayworth? She ain’t got nothing on you, if I must say so myself.”