...slices of life in the Garden of Good & Evil

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Train Kept A Rollin'

Me and the wifey took a fine excursion up the country to visit my dear sister in Appomattox, Virginia a few weeks back. I'd never been to her new digs nestled covetously up in the picturesque hill country - unbelievably gorgeous terrain, y'all. Especially in autumn with Mother Nature's annual color splash.

It was an excellent visit and time well spent with family. The memorable journey on Amtrak was a hoot as well. Hence...


10. The food on Amtrak is amazing - not just OK.
09. You can ride the train from Clemson to Charlotte for $15.00. Insane.
08. It takes six hours to get from Tuscaloosa to Atlanta by train. Also insane.
07. Bring something to read, but don't get too buried in the book. Observe.
06. Porters aren't amused when you break into "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
05. Peeing in train bathrooms is an adventure unto itself.
04. Bring a few beverages in a small cooler or drink $6 beers. Your choice.
03. Enjoy the train stations - very retro experience. Trippy employees, too.
02. The average speed on Amtrak is 48 MPH.
01. I read (in a train station) that the damn things can actually do 150 MPH.

So the next time you're planning an A to B outing, I highly suggest looking into rail travel. Everybody should give it a whirl at least once. ..unless you're in a big hurry to get somewhere or have bladder control issues.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I fully realize that I haven't posted for exactly a month. Lots going on, just no real motivational material. That will soon change since I seem to be picking up a few readers. It's only fair for them to get some new stuff every now and then.

There was an Amtrak trip to Virginia (quite the adventure), several odd gigs, and the MSU win over the mighty red elephants from Tuscaloosa to discuss. Plus, I think I have developed fatty liver disease. The Walter Payton reference from my earlier post might have been an omen.

Stay tuned...