I successfully got on an earlier flight back to Chicago. I was originally booked on a 5:20 pm nonstop from lax to midway on Southwest. One advantage to southwest is that it is easier to switch flights on the same day. Getting home 5 hours earlier than planned was worth the extra money.
Today I received a survey about this trip. The overall score I gave was a 3 out of 10. I told them that the good choices in the dining car were one reason. The lounge car running out of food by Albuquerque is another. I praised the sca and the people in the diner.
The cook was pleasant. She told me she missed having people sitting at the tables enjoying food.