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My train

My friends know I love a good train ride. And more than that, I count on one particular line, the Amtrak Cascades, to bring me to and from loved ones in the States. Discontinued at the start of the pandemic, Amtrak restarted partial service a few months ago, and in March Amtrak is bringing back the second train – early morning southbound to Washington State, night-time return to beautiful Vancouver. They’re hiring, and I could not be more pleased.

Below are photo tributes I made to my home stations, in Vancouver and Seattle, a few years back.

Amtrak

I rejoice at the news the train from Vancouver, BC to Seattle is set to start running again in September. That train has meant the world to me. It brings me to my loved ones in Washington State and then home again to my beguiling paradise.

Here’s a little piece I wrote on that train ten years ago on my iPhone blog:

A morning Amtrak conversation

Old fellow: “Same person’s been in that bathroom for five minutes!”

His wife: “What makes you think it’s the same person?”

Fellow: “It has to be!”

Wife: “No dear, it doesn’t have to be.”

Me: “How long have you two been married?”

Fellow: “60 years!”

Wife: “50 years, dear.”

Car 6 explodes in laughter. It’s going to be a fine trip to Olympia!

neighbour today

Canadian export

This alarms me.

Norm Macdonald

A marvellous Canadian who cracked me up every single time.

The Washington Post has a fine obituary, with lots of links to edifying and profoundly funny stories.