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  1. SarahZ

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

    That, and many liquor stores in big cities also sell groceries.
  2. SarahZ

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

    (Off-topic) What subject do you teach?
  3. SarahZ

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

    This is where I am. I don’t want to become sick while away from home, but more than that, I want to be a good human. I would feel terribly guilty if I were a carrier and passed it on to those at high risk. It doesn’t make sense for me to be as passionate as I am about vaccines and then turn...
  4. SarahZ

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

    Sometimes it's worth it to have a room, though. There have been times rooms were sold out and I was forced to overnight in coach. I would have gladly paid top-bucket for a room both times that happened.
  5. SarahZ

    Packing question

    I never bring a pillow. If you’re traveling alone, you still get two pillows in your room. If you need an extra blanket, the car attendant can bring one to you. I’m also in the minimalist camp. If it doesn’t fit in my small carry-on, it doesn’t come with me.
  6. SarahZ

    Just for fun - upper or lower?

    I’m extremely claustrophobic, so my ex always took the upper bunk. He liked that it felt like a tight, dark cave. (I think he’s part cat.) I tried it once and made it about 10 seconds before I stopped breathing and a panic attack set in. :-/
  7. SarahZ

    The airplane seat recline controversy heats up again

    Wider seats with deeper pitch = fewer seats per plane = higher ticket prices to maintain profitability = fewer flights to choose from since a plane can now only hold half the amount of passengers. You seriously think the sweatpants brigade is going to go for this?
  8. SarahZ

    Nice Amtrak trip review in Chicago Trib today

    That was great! I hope they write another report after experiencing a roomette on a different route.
  9. SarahZ

    The airplane seat recline controversy heats up again

    I don't ask, but I always use one hand to hold the headrest while using the other to push the lever. That way, I can control how far and how fast the seat reclines. I never recline more than a couple inches, and by controlling the speed with my hand, I prevent the person behind me from having...
  10. SarahZ

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    You resurrected a topic that’s been dead for two months and then threw a tantrum when people commented in kind. If a thread upsets you that much, maybe you should avoid reading it.
  11. SarahZ

    Empire Builder Superliner Roomette - power and charging sockets

    It's a Type B outlet, and there is only one. You'll want to bring a power strip so you can plug in multiple items (this will also give you more reach). I usually set my power strip along the window rail, behind the table (folded up). It stays put 99% of the time. There are no USB sockets. I...
  12. SarahZ

    teen daughter traveling alone

    She received several answers. There’s no need to return.
  13. SarahZ

    Music Across America

    Here's the history behind the polar bears. I remember watching those first polar bear commercials in 1993, and I clearly remember the ads Coke used for the 1994 Winter Olympics. https://www.coca-colacompany.com/news/interview-with-digital-artist-behind-coca-cola-polar-bears
  14. SarahZ

    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    Oh gosh. You're right. I can't trust my own memory or experiences and have to rely on those of someone who is neither my height nor my weight. Far be it from me to answer a question without consulting you first. Silly girl! When I say I've never felt crammed in, I mean it. I'm 5'5" and a weight...
  15. SarahZ

    Music Across America

    I’m sorry to hear about Julia’s health issues. That’s sad.
  16. SarahZ

    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    I'm overweight, and I manage to shower in the bedroom just fine. I've never felt crammed in.
  17. SarahZ

    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    1) Not everyone rides the Auto Train. It’s one of many, many routes. 2) We are WELL AWARE you ride the Auto Train frequently. You post pictures of your cooler/snacks/table in every thread possible, even those that have nothing to do with the Auto Train.
  18. SarahZ

    Michigan trains late!

    Ah, thank you. That answers my question. :)
  19. SarahZ

    Pregnant on Amtrak

    I know. :) I think people misunderstood my intention. I think she's amazing for giving birth in a roomette instead of the (relative) comfort of a L&D bed/ball/tub/whatever. But I also think it was a terrible decision to travel that close to her due date. I do give her a bit of a pass, though...
  20. SarahZ

    Pregnant on Amtrak

    Oh, I get that. Babies are going to come whether you're ready or not. ;) I meant that I personally cannot imagine giving birth without major drugs (early and often), so anyone who goes through that and does it while crammed into a taxi/roomette/any other uncomfortable situation with strangers...
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