1. The dining car in the train was just like in ~_North by Northwest_~, but without Cary Grant. I did get to take a man back to my roomette, but he was the same one I brought with me.
2. When you miss the photo-op of a lifetime and yell, “Back up!” the train will not.
3. Most trains are tame. The eastbound Lake Shore Express was laid out funny and scared me at first, so it determined to cut me (it sensed fear), and it finally did, just before we got off. The couplings between cars were icy and snowy, and we had a really rough stretch of track coming into Buffalo, so when I grabbed for those little handles I sheared a bit of skin off the side of my little finger. And just before the wrapping contest, too! But that was just the train getting back at me for being afraid of it. Lesson: Never let ’em know you’re scared! But they probably WILL see you sweat.
4. You will not get to see every place/thing you planned to. But you’ll get to see a helluva lot of stuff you never figured on, and possibly never dreamed existed.
5. They DO light up the St. Louis arch at night.
6. The train goes through the older parts of town and the really bad parts of town sometimes, but don’t worry–you’re going anywhere from 77 to 101 MPH.
Mama and I both worried that people wouldn’t get the humorous/joking tone out of the quotations that were in my Dallas News feature, but apparently they did. At least the GOOD ones did.
Call me, babe. There are tons more witty remarks where that came from. . . .