Monday, May 5, 2008

Train Travelin'

Kelly and Maddie dropped me off at the train depot in Greensboro. It was Maddie's 1st Birthday! Isn't she cute? The train was a few minutes late but we ended up leaving around 9:45pm. I took along my little black book and wrote notes throughout the day. Here they are, straight from the book:
9:45am--Amtrak train to NYC, sitting next to orange lady. Left G'boro at 9:45am.
9:46am--Orange lady's name is Nyga.

10:30am--In Durham. I'm listening to the Counting Crows new album. I will be sitting next to Nyga for the next 10 hours! Nothing interesting has happened yet.

12:00--I found the dining car! I bought a $4 cheese pizza and a pepsi. There is a lot of room here in the dining car so I think I'll spend some time here. There are two amtrak security guards who are straight off of Reno 911. They are sitting two tables away from me and are talking non-stop about a guy they kicked off the train for smoking--on the train! Seriously one of the guys looks like Donnie from New Kids on the Block. I guess there's not much action on these trains so when something does happen, its exciting to them.

1:24pm--We are in Virginia. 8 hours to go. A guy just sat down at my table. He's going to DC to visit his dad. He said, "Yeah my dad lives down there." I don't why it bothers me but if you're going north, don't say DOWN there.

1:06pm--Ok I was wrong, now we're in Virginia

1:24pm--!!! Reno 911 boy just asked the other guy if allow has two "L"s or one.

1:35pm--Just passed Emporia Country Club--goat ranch!

1:58pm--this old lady in a green coat just sat down at the table next to me and is playing solitaire to pass the time. She has the tiny, tiny Charlie Brown playing cards!

4:52pm--Just learned by looking at her computer screen, that Nyga goes by "Brownsuga". I've been on this train for 7 1/2 hours.

5:06pm--15 min delay, something the Reno boys were working on.

5:22pm--just left the Quantico station and whatever body of water is near here, I'll have to look that up, there are duck blinds everywhere!! I must have counted at least 20 from the train.

Time (confidential)--we are now at Central Station in Washington DC. I saw Marine One (the presidential helicopter) flying over head.

7:57pm--We are now in Delaware. It is freezing on the train and my throat hurts. They don't have any ibuprofren, but I did buy some orange juice.

7:59pm--just took a picture of myself on the train. "Brownsuga" is in the background.
8:03pm--i finally have my own seat in coach class. So there is this girl in bleached blonde hair sitting two rows behind me who has been talking for the past 2 hours on her cell phone. I now know all about this guy named Doug who is dating her roommate. Bleach girl works with Doug and her co-workers want to know if its weird when Doug stays over night. Don't worry, it's not weird, their bedrooms are on opposite sides of the house so she doesn't see him much. I wonder if Doug and Bleach girl carpool?

8:15pm--did I mention my throat hurts? it hurts mostly when I swallow so I started using my empty OJ bottle as a spittoon

9:40pm--I made it to New York!! Time to go see my folks, Jimmy and Barbara.
I found my parents and the first thing I did was get some ibuprofren from my mom! Thanks mom! Then we went to get something to eat. It was about 10:00pm when we got to this restaurant across the street from Madison Square Garden called Lindy's. We waited for a table, sat down looked at the menu, and ran. No, literally we ran! All five of us out the door as quick as possible. They had a revolving door and Jimmy almost knocked Barbara over trying to get out the door. We looked at the menu and the cheapest thing on there was a $19 hamburger!! We then went to this other place that was much more reasonable and good too. While we were eating, my mom realized she left her rain coat in the other restaurant. She said, "oh well, I needed a new one anyway!"


kelly said...

oh my gosh i just laughed so hard for like 5 minutes (or however long it took me to read your post). i love your notes from the train. i hope ya'll are having fun. wish i was there too! tell jime that he needs to be a bit more of a gentleman next time he is sprinting out of a restaurant that is too expensive. maddie and me miss you lots. thanks for posting! i should get madison's bday post on tonight so stay tuned! love you!

Sara said...

hey bud! you are so funny. since you have internet access, I am going to send you some pics from the bday party as soon as i finish sending you this message. i have edited 144 of them, i think i have about 135 to go :) Tell your family hello...i know you are having lots of fun!!!!!!

Jenny said...

charola you make me laugh! hope you guys are having fun. maddie says she can't wait til her daddy comes home and wants to go with you next time to nyc. be careful!

Anonymous said...

i had so much fun with you on the train. hope you had fun in nyc. let's do it again soon!

aka Brownsuga

ps - you shouldn't look at other people's computer screens.

Marshall Benbow said...

Dude, you make me laugh!

Kevin & Amy Sasser said...

So...round two on the train should be happening right about now. We are ready for an update! :) Know Kelly and Maddie will be thankful to have you home!