Archive for November 2nd, 2007

2nd November
2007
written by Caryn

First, let’s just start off by saying TGIF. It’s been a long, long week. I’m heading up north this weekend and it couldn’t come a moment too soon. The time spent should be fun and a much-needed break, but still, the traveling itself seems exhausting. Though I drive long distances without much problem, when I’m tired I usually take the train. Riding the rails, as it were. At first the train was like an adventure, a fun thing to look forward to. A treat, even. Fast forward a few years … to say it’s lost a bit of its charm would be an understatement. Now it’s more hassle than it’s worth, in my opinion.

Yes, Amtrak, you aren’t “all that” anymore.

Maybe it’s me … maybe I’ve grown bored with you, maybe I’ve known you so long that I’ve started noticing your flaws more than your benefits. Maybe it’s like so many relationships and the thrill is gone. I’m not so sure that the “it’s not you, it’s me” line will work here … because even though I’m tired and impatient lately, I’m pretty sure it actually is you. You’ve really let yourself go, Amtrak — your cars are often dirty and don’t get me started on the way you sell yourself out, only to continue to let more people on board. Standing room only … is this what it’s come to? At the same time, you seem to be getting a bit too big for your britches. Sure, maybe you don’t wear britches, since you are a rail system, but I think you know what I mean. You’re over-priced and high-maintenance. You know I could fly round-trip for less than a regular one-way ticket, but you don’t care because you think I’m always going to keep coming back just because I don’t like to fly. But not this time. I think you’ve gone too far and I just can’t go on like this. As if this weren’t enough, you don’t seem to care that you’re most always late. There is a reason that there are schedules, Amtrak. It’s just plain rude when you’re always running behind. I’m also starting to wonder if you’re lying to me when I look and see your regular trains are “sold out” … I know you’re not that busy all of the sudden. If you can’t make time, just be honest. I will admit that I’m suspicious this is most likely a ploy to force people on your even more overpriced express service. Which is not that great either, frankly.

So, Amtrak, until you change your ways, I’m afraid we’re going to have to break up. It’s too bad, really, because it started out so well.

Now I have to go pack up my car and hit the road. On my own terms.

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2nd November
2007
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Holiday 2007: Get It Done and Have Some Fun

My buddies at iVillage have cooked up a fun holiday countdown anti-challenge. It’s cute, it’s fun, it gives you something to do besides stress out all the time …. the “holiday countdown calendar helps you make the most of the season, with eight weeks’ worth of daily tips for decorating, eating well, having fun and beating the clock. (Don’t worry, you’ll get a daily reminder to check back.) Whoever eats the most candy canes wins! ”

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