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  1. Samsbigtrip

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

    The old ones are the best! It's such a ridiculous thing for him to say - I have to be alert in my own home for what? The previous advice was the best (after the initial attempt a herd immunity) "Stay Home, Stay Safe!
  2. Samsbigtrip

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

    You should take as many as you can because you should not put a face-covering back on once you have taken it off. When you take it off be very careful not to let the outside of the mask touch your face. You should seal it in a zip-lock bag (until you can wash it in hot soapy water), and then...
  3. Samsbigtrip

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

    We say "I wear my face-covering to protect you. You wear yours to protect me." I was rather self-conscious when I first went up to the shop in mine (I have several and wash them after each use), but I think that the more people wear them the more people will be encouraged to do the same. Stay...
  4. Samsbigtrip

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

    I'm glad to hear you have a mask but, from what I have heard and read, once you take the mask off your face you should either seal it in a plastic bag until such time as you can wash it, or wash it straight away. This is because if you have touched the outside of the mask to take it off you may...
  5. Samsbigtrip

    Cancel without penalty by May 31? Or Make the reservation by May 31, then 11 mos out to cancel?

    Good advice V - thank you. It took 3 minutes and 35 seconds from the time I had navigated Julie to the time I hung up. Emailed confirmation of cancellation receipt already in my inbox and my refund will be with me within 7 days. So sad :-( Stay safe everyone, stay well. xxxSam
  6. Samsbigtrip

    Cancel without penalty by May 31? Or Make the reservation by May 31, then 11 mos out to cancel?

    In four weeks time I would have been on my Big Trip, but the Elephant has kyboshed that and even if I could travel I'm not sure I want to - especially when rent-a-crowd in the US are demonstrating against restrictions implemented to saving lives, and they are consequently putting lives in...
  7. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    Not at all V - and I didn't take it the wrong way. I was so excited about the Empire Builder and seeing Montana on my way back from Oregon and now so disappointed that I probably won't be able to do it. So, I was seriously looking at the Orient Express in September, the Elephant willing, as I'm...
  8. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    I'm on Facebook - can I put this on there for you?
  9. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    It would be sacrilege to carry advertising on the BBC - I can feel another march to Parliament Square coming on! Having said that, the BBC should do what it does best: quality public TV with dramas (particularly period dramas) and documentaries that they can sell - and not spend a small fortune...
  10. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    I thought the same (about MP) but love Billy Connelly!
  11. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    Thanks hon - I'll see if I can find it! I've just been looking longingly at the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and thinking of incorporating in my Italian holiday in September - should the elephant in the room have run its course by then. It is REALLY beautiful! Stay safe, stay well! Best...
  12. Samsbigtrip

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    I was really hoping it would be the Empire Builder so that I could travel it vicariously!
  13. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    It just makes me made that Virgin gets to keep my money :-(
  14. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    Oh I wouldn't go if that was the advice - the reality is that I'm waiting for Virgin Atlantic to cancel my flights and refund me. I can't have that much money sitting in a voucher for future travel :-(
  15. Samsbigtrip

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

    Why? Why? Why do people do that? It's so disheartening to think of our fellow humans being so stupid and so selfish :-(
  16. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    LOL! I hadn't envisaged having to clean windows but I will take Windex - is that the best for the purpose?
  17. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    LOL! I do love someone who looks on the bright side
  18. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    Only me - and I do hope they still have a dining car!
  19. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    20 May - the very helpful agent said I should keep calling to see if they have a cancellation from the upper deck. BTW - when I rang I was routed to Julie and chose the "something else" option.
  20. Samsbigtrip

    Unusual Fare System on Empire Builder

    This trip is the one-in-a-lifetime so I am really disappointed to be on the lower deck next to the stairs so subject to all the comings and goings to the toilets. Anyway it's all up in the air because if my flights from the UK are cancelled I won't be going anyway. Very disappointing :-(
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