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  1. SarahZ

    How Covid safe are Amtrak sleepers?

    This is one of those junk science claims that came out early in the pandemic. Smokers are not less likely to catch it, and if they DO catch it, their compromised lungs can be a detriment.
  2. SarahZ

    The Sign Above the Tunnel

    They're called ghost signs. :)
  3. SarahZ

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    I've never done a true quarantine, but I've taken many trips to Chicago where I just holed up in my room for a couple days so I could get some work done while also feeling like I was on vacation. Many of the hotels have a fridge in the room now. If it doesn't come standard, you can usually...
  4. SarahZ

    Small cities losing airline service

    This leaves Kalamazoo with just Delta. AZO is primarily used by business travelers. The rest of us almost always drive to Grand Rapids, Detroit, or Chicago.
  5. SarahZ

    WAS-CHI-MTZ with a toddler

    Your post was really helpful! We’ve had a lot of people asking for the measurements of a bedroom so they can use theirs, but I don’t think we’ve ever had anyone actually post the measurements and/or pictures of the set up.
  6. SarahZ

    WAS-CHI-MTZ with a toddler

    Likely because the ladder is placed in the area where she had the Pack & Play set up. :)
  7. SarahZ

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    So duct tape, paper towels, a rubber stopper, and WD-40, but one small roll of gaffers tape would take up too much extra space. Got it.
  8. SarahZ

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    I can easily find it on Amazon, not to mention in many home improvement stores. Also, I can get a roll for $4-6. It's hardly more expensive than duct tape.
  9. SarahZ

    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    I never even considered a long-distance trip until 2010, when I met my boyfriend, who lived in Albuquerque. I couldn't afford a flight, so I looked into other options. I noticed Amtrak had a direct train to Albuquerque, and it was about half the price of a flight. I traveled coach on that trip...
  10. SarahZ

    Amtrak Customer Service Agents

    Exactly. And to that point, you don't know if their account was opened under Jon, John, or Jonathan. ;) So really, I'm in love with the automated systems. My current system is not, and it's extremely frustrating when someone doesn't have their account number and gets huffy because it takes me...
  11. SarahZ

    Amtrak Customer Service Agents

    There's honestly no malevolence behind it. In my former call center jobs, the information automatically loaded onto our screens so we didn't waste time searching for someone's account. Every second counts when people are waiting on hold. That's one of the reasons we verify your name and other...
  12. SarahZ

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    We're all aware of that. My tip was more for those who don't realize the duct tape will leave residue, but you, too, could switch to gaffers tape and avoid the need for packing more stuff and having to clean up at the end of the trip.
  13. SarahZ

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    Please use gaffers tape instead of duct tape. Duct tape leaves sticky residue that collects lint and dust. Frequent rail travelers tend to mention duct tape and then complain about rooms looking "grimy" near the vents. :rolleyes:
  14. SarahZ

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    I'm like you. I have my apartment set to 68-70 during the day and 64-66 at night. When are you traveling? The sleepers are often much too warm for me during the winter, even with the ceiling vent closed and the dial in the room turned all the way down. It's not too bad during the day since I...
  15. SarahZ

    Small plane discussion

    Because we're in the "Non-Rail Transportation" forum.
  16. SarahZ

    First time traveling on train advice/help

    Could we maybe not encourage people to post their reservation number, car number, and room number on a public forum?
  17. SarahZ

    First time traveling on train advice/help

    Don't apologize for having a life outside of the internet. You aren't required to check the forum every five minutes like other people. ;)
  18. SarahZ

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    Oops, yes. I was Albuquerque-focused because the email was from the "Visit Albuquerque" association and that's where I'm planning to travel in January.
  19. SarahZ

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    Because it's not the flu. Flu is caused by an influenza virus. Covid-19 is a strain of coronavirus.
  20. SarahZ

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    This is similar to the update I read for Albuquerque. If you are there for a shorter duration, you self-quarantine the entire time.
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