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    Hurricane Ida - 08/2021

    At least nine homes were destroyed by a tornado in Mullica Hill yesterday. That’s a small area—not even a designated town—in South Jersey, about 45 miles southwest of me. We had the tornado warning in my town but were lucky and just got the thunderstorms and downpours. It’s ironic that, after...
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    Hurricane Henri 8/22/21

    I am still concerned for my friends and relatives in CT and RI but am feeling slightly better about the situation now. Not ideal, but better than a hurricane. Looks like it landed at Westerly, Rhode Island with 60 mph winds. To our AU friends up there, we’re thinking of you—let us know how...
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    Amtrak better than flying

    That’s okay. 😊 It’s just second nature for me after a long editing career checking up on what the authors wrote to keep them from making any embarrassing mistakes!😁 I’ve decided not to open anything else I see with his byline. I’ve already contributed too many clicks and probably helped...
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    Amtrak better than flying

    Just checked the “negative” article to be sure. Yep, same guy. To be fair to the print writers who would sell a slightly changed article to a different market, they often were paid so little for the first article that “spinning” it into different articles helped them make ends meet instead of...
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    Amtrak better than flying

    Extremely positive article. But wait—when I saw the author’s picture, it reminded me of something, and then I looked at his name. Isn’t this the same guy who wrote the extremely negative article about the same (or a similar) trip? In the old days of print only, writers would write a basic...
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    Ugliest and Soul-less Amtrak Stations Used in Metropolises Today

    Four pages in, and (unless I missed it), nobody has mentioned Trenton, NJ? Ugly and soulless building for sure. Its one redeeming attribute is that it’s good for train watching. A lot of the Amtrak trains (including some long-distance ones) that start or end in NYC go through Trenton, plus...
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    Negative long distance trip review article based lack of value and inedible food

    I agree completely. I missed the part about not being given a choice of times. For example, if I wanted my meal at 5:00 and was told I’d get a bag with dinner thrown at me at, say, 8:45, I’d be annoyed, too!😁
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    Negative long distance trip review article based lack of value and inedible food

    Well, we all have different internal time clocks. At home, breakfast for me is at 6:30, lunch (main meal) at 11:30, and supper at 5:00. My most productive time of the day is from 7:00 to about 1:00, after which I am pretty useless. So a 5:00 dinner time is perfect for me—it’s a treat, not...
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    Negative long distance trip review article based lack of value and inedible food

    If he’s this cranky as a young whiz kid, I can just imagine how much fun he will be to be around when he’s old and grumpy!😁 Which actually leads to, I think, a valid point—train travel, whether by choice or necessity, whether in sleeper or coach, comes with an underlying assumption that it will...
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    Negative long distance trip review article based lack of value and inedible food

    I did not mean to come across as unkind—I certainly would never do that on purpose. If he were writing informally as a newbie traveler for other travelers, I would not have been so critical. However, if this was an article for a professional publication, which I assumed it was, I do think the...
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    Are VRE day and week passes valid for all lines or use one?

    Enjoy every minute of your time on VRE—one of the best commuter rails there is. Beautiful trains, excellent conductors, polite passengers. At least that has been my experience and hope it will be yours, too.
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    Negative long distance trip review article based lack of value and inedible food

    Well, I’m with him on the food and not wanting to go to the depressing “dining car” on the east coast trains yet. But as for the rest: The thing that struck me the most was that he enjoyed looking at the views of New York City, and that was the only scenery he had any interest in at all. The...
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    Never Go Back?

    Thomas Wolfe. His editor was Maxwell Perkins, whose other writing clients included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. One of the rare editors who became almost as well known (at least in editing circles) as his authors. Back to the original topic, I moved back to where I grew up when my...
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    Amtrak Dining

    I love corn but do not care for grits or polenta. And I truly love potatoes with eggs at breakfast. So a perfect breakfast for me would be eggs, potatoes, and corn bread. Or spoonbread—anyone remember that from the brunch buffets in the “eat til you stuff yourself” days before we all started...
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    A Weekend Visit to NYP and WAS

    Thanks for the enjoyable report, Bill. So glad you both had a nice trip!
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    A Silver at South Station

    New England at one end and Florida at the other, without having to change trains in NYC? That sounds wonderful. Lots of logistical problems, as pointed out above. But it would be nice.
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    Coffee, tea or cola in sleepers?

    That sandwich sounds delicious! I love Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee, although I’m not sure it tastes as good as it did when I was growing up. But then again, what does?
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    Trip report - Southwest Chief #4 / Lake Shore Limited #448 LAX-SPG

    It looks like they are not only bringing back traditional dining, but also bringing back elegant touches. The flowers, which everyone is talking about, are of course wonderful. But also my favorite—the paper dinner reservation card in your roomette when you board. Just like the flowers, I...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Hey Jim—Don’t get so excited that you forget the first step—before you order, you have to board the train!😊 (Details, details😁.)
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    Acela vs Northeast Regional Train? (Penn Station NY to Providence RI)

    I use redcaps all the time in PHL, and they are wonderful. Also have in BOS and CHI, and they were fine. I don’t know how reliable they are in NYP, though? I was with someone once who needed a wheelchair to meet them at the train, and the conductor had called ahead, and there was nobody at the...
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