There is something about glass that automatically draws most folks to check their reflections. This is particularly pronounced in areas downtown with darker tinting. Wells Fargo has a building where they do their Secret Security Stuff — not the big tower — and it’s made entirely of the black glass that makes it look like a big black box from the 1980’s (not helping is the red, linear, “sculpture” in front). I was describing it for a coworker recently, and she said, “Oh yeah, I know that building. I always check my reflection in it.”
Today I was walking by the first-floor retail of the Carlysle, which is vacant. The glass is clear, but since the space is unfinished and narrow, the dark, bare concrete gives a similar effect. I was walking behind a well-dressed-yet-casual man this morning, and even he couldn’t resist checking himself out in profile as he walked by.
I know not everyone is like this, but it’s always reassuring to know I’m not the only one.
In other news, you thought Katie*’s summer of too much traveling was over, did you? Think again! Chicago, Wednesday. Fingers crossed.