December 22nd, 2005

Pointless Arrow

Train Travel

Lisa is currently on board the southbound Coast Starlight, train number 11, somewhere between Chico and Sacramento, according to Amtrak's train status site, with the train running over five hours late. This evening, the two of us have a sleeper booked on the northbound Starlight, train 14, out of San Jose. It is unfortunate, but practical, that I had to give Lisa instructions that said, "If your train runs more than ten hours late, get off at Oakland and wait for me; if more than eleven hours, Emeryville; more than twelve, Martinez; more than thirteen, Sacramento; after that, never mind, because they'll probably annul the train and put everyone on buses." I don't think she'll fall more than ten hours behind today, although the train continues to lose time as it struggles south.

This isn't really that bad from either Lisa's POV or mine; because she's in a sleeper, she'll get an extra meal (lunch) out of this, and she won't have to sit around the San Jose train station all day waiting for me. (I'm still working today, although they'll probably let us go between noon and 2 PM, as they usually do on the day before the Christmas holiday.)

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In any event, there's a pretty good chance that once I board the train today, I won't be online again until next Tuesday, which will make the longest stretch of offline time for me since, well, probably last Christmas. It will also be the first break in daily LJ entries since I started writing in it. (You can all hold your applause, thank you.)

It's rather difficult to concentrate on the database project I'm trying to do here at work. I want to get traveling.
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