As I mentioned a month or so ago, I have a trip planned to Chicago, and will be taking the train there. It will come as a shock to no one who reads these pages that I love trains. In fact, I've taken this particular trip before, though it was several decades ago -- and I got a coach seat that time. This trip will be with a roommette.
The coach seat turned out tremendous, as I wrote here a while back when I told the story. (If you want to read the full version, you can find it here. The short version is that I had an empty seat next to me for the first part of the trip, but then a passenger got on in Albuquerque, I think, with the seat reserved -- and she was an absolutely beautiful German girl, Katarine, who was working as an au pair in San Diego...and she was going to Chicago. When she and I both got back to California, we stayed in touch and even got together, when she came up to Los Angeles to visit. And no, I don't expect lightning to strike. Another reason I got the roommette...)
I take off this evening, and have the elves taking care of the homestead, so things should keep running properly. The "problem" is that there is no Wi-Fi on the train as it heads through the mountains, desert and Prairie. So, I won't be able to post here along the way. There might be Wi-Fi connections when we reach some big cities, like Albuquerque, and can pick up the signal at the stations where there's a longer stop than usual. But I can't count on that, and don't expect it. However -- I've prepared a bunch of pieces ahead of time, and the software here is supposed to allow me to schedule things in advance and have them posted throughout the journey, generally in the early morning and early evening. We'll see. Here's hoping.
The first piece is schedule for around 6:15 PM, Los Angeles time, so you should have a pretty good idea if it works at that point. But you will be the only ones, since I won't likely have a clue...
More on the trip later, of course. But for starters, here's my train, the Southwest Chief...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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