Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

So That's Why They Weren't Running

Some of you may recall that the California Zephyr stopped running west of Denver for a while, with no alternative service provided. (Thus cutting off all service for stations from Colfax CA to Winter Park CO inclusive.) The service has since been restored, although from the look of the passing trains each morning and afternoon, they're nearly empty, which isn't a surprise. I learned this weekend while reading the latest issue of Trains the reason for the service suspension: a member of the CZ on-board service crew tested positive for COVID-19, meaning the entire crew had to go into isolation for two weeks and the equipment on which the crew member worked had to be extra-deep-cleaned. That meant that Amtrak didn't have enough crew or equipment to run the full Chicago-Emeryville (CA) service for a while.

Meanwhile, in my part of the country, it appears to me that we have a bunch of Tough Guys who are convinced that sheltering from a virus means they are Girly Men (which is A Fate Worse Than Death) and that they should dress up in lots of camo gear and body armor (I've been calling it "military cosplay"), carry lots of big guns, and assert their manliness. As if a virus can be intimidated by toting guns and claiming that "freedom" means "standing up to the virus." I suggest that such men should also consider going out with their large pieces of metal equipment during a thunderstorm and shooting their guns into the clouds to show how tough they are. It would be just as effective, and on the bright side, they'd only kill themselves rather than every other person they came into contact with after discovering that nature can't be intimidated by being macho.

Oh, and I think that if non-white people wore the same sort of gear these wannabe-heroes are wearing and toted the same sort of weapons while marching around chanting slogans, they'd probably end up getting shot by the police, and these same people who think you can intimidate a virus would be cheering for "terrorists getting what they deserved."
Tags: amtrak, coronavirus, trains

  • End of the Road for Memphis

    Last night, the Memphis in 2023 Worldcon bid issued an announcement that they were folding the bid to host Worldcon 81. I was an early supporter…

  • Worldcon is Bigger Than Anyone

    I seem to recall a discussion long ago, possibly online, possible at SMOFCon, or maybe at another convention, where someone (maybe me) made a point…

  • The Road to Home

    This morning we took advantage of the microwave oven, refrigerator, and coffee maker in our hotel room at the Jim Butler Inn & Suites by cooking…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.