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  1. Michigan Mom

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    2020 has been the year that really made it clear how little "representation" the average American has in Washington.
  2. Michigan Mom

    NOL-WAS-CHI-PDX-MTZ-CHI trip pics

    Thanks so much for sharing your excellent photos. I'm not feeling confident enough to take risks yet, looking forward to the day when travel isn't as risky. This might sound a little weird, with so many great pictures of the scenery, my favorites are (runner up) the Alderson shot, and in first...
  3. Michigan Mom

    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    Surprised it's taken this long, with carriers avoiding 4 and even 3 engines when they can. It's the end of an era, to be sure. A magnificent, reliable and simply breathtakingly beautiful aircraft.
  4. Michigan Mom

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    Never had a bad night's sleep in either the Superliner or the Viewliner roomettes due to temps, summer or winter. It's not like a hotel room where you have more control over the AC or heat, I just either pull up the blanket, or not. I get cold easy so eventually always use the blanket.
  5. Michigan Mom

    Time to Change the Paradigm?

    I will never be a fan of privatization of any public need, not without significant government oversight and support. That's what we pay taxes for.
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    Amtrak has declared war on LD trains

    There is nothing ambiguous about this article. Time will tell what happens
  7. Michigan Mom

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    I have never in my adult life worried about the flu. Ever, ever, ever. This is not the flu. Everything about it from the transmission to the case fatality rate, but especially that - for several months it's been pretty consistent, of known cases, 1 in 20 people get it will die, and it's a...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    We just cancelled our annual 4th of July excursion to the Windy City. At the time the bookings were made, infections were trending down in both MI and IL. Developments over the last few days have not been encouraging, and there are so many uncertainties regarding travel and modes of infection...
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    Cross country travel: are there any quarantines affecting train travel

    It really seems like most of these announcements are more like "policy statements" than anything definite, or enforceable. And the upward trend of infections is concerning enough to get my attention, with 75% of the deaths being age 45 or older. I've pretty much accepted that Florida is not...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    The "millenial nitwit" is doing a job that you wouldn't want to do. Considering they are going to have to clean up after the messes left by "boomers", I think maybe, a little understanding is in order. It might interest you to know that their perception of us is along the lines of us...
  11. Michigan Mom

    Normal for Amtrak to let passengers play music without headphones?

    There is always someone doing this. Or talking loudly on their phone in the "quiet" car (if there is one). In my experiences, the announcements are always made, the enforcement not so much. You can either complain to the conductor or just chalk it up to part of the experience.
  12. Michigan Mom

    Auto Train Roomette Sale

    Thanks for posting this. I am so grateful for the continued relaxed cancel policies. Not sure I will make it to Florida with the kids this summer. Even with avoiding bars/restaurants. We will, as a country, get back to where we'd like to be, for safe travel options. Just not convinced it...
  13. Michigan Mom

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    God I hope you are right
  14. Michigan Mom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    So for anyone who thinks that COVID is a hoax. Friend got diagnosed, she works as a front line nurse although not on a COVID floor at her hospital. She is ten years younger than me and was so sick and weak it was scary. I was worried about her making it through. She is also the caretaker for...
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    Bucket List trip May 2020: trains 421, 4 and 50

    Viruses are not political and the deaths are not a hoax. Why did you decide to make this a political statement? It could have just been travel. Also, people don't riot and protest for no reason. And yes I've seen people like you in stores wearing masks around their necks so they can pull it...