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  1. Mystic River Dragon

    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    That's a good point, Penny. I think Tad is there both weekend mornings until about 1:30, but I am not completely sure about Saturday. So the poster could run into another attendant.
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    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    I would think so--just ask the attendant. They realize there is no closet space now, so I'm sure they will keep the bag at the desk for you. It just may not be out of sight, but they are right there, so it should be okay.
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    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    The PHL furniture looks much worse than this. That's 'cause you're a guy--I think Tad turns on the extra charm for us ladies. (I did leave my suitcase and jacket with him when I went down to Saladworks, but there was hardly anyone in there, so there was room.)
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    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    Yes, "gross" sums it up perfectly.
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    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    Exactly. By the way, I was just guessing "security" as the reason for no more closets--no one told me why, so I don't know the official reason.
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    30th street updates (lounge and food)

    I went to the 30th Street lounge today. Good news: Tad (my favorite attendant) is still there. And Saladworks is open on Sundays (which I didn't remember), and I took a salad into the lounge and told Tad I was sneaking it in, and he just asked me what kind I got. (They are very flexible in Philly about food in the lounge, as other people have mentioned elsewhere.) Other than that, I am sorry to say the rest of the lounge news is not good. The beautiful lounge has gotten the fresh and contemporary treatment. In other words, they've removed the closets where you could put your stuff (yes, I know about security, but you have to check in there anyway, so I don't think a closet in a secure lounge is much of a threat), and they have changed the lovely new furniture (which was there for just over a year?). The fresh, new, contemporary furniture resembles some kid's fond memories of cheap do-it-yourself furniture in a preschool. Probably whoever came up with it has put it on their development plan and gotten a raise for it at their review for forward thinking. Even worse, if Amtrak is trying to save money, why are they replacing just-replaced furniture? It doesn't match the atmosphere in the main hall, which is now much nicer than the lounge. In fact, I'm not sure I'll even bother going in there even if I'm in a sleeper--I'll just relax in the main hall and get one of the nice red caps to take me down to the train. Do not get me started. Oh, never mind--too late!
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    Fire Richard Anderson Campaign?

    Sign sighting update: I came down to Philly on SEPTA today, and the "Save Amtrak" and "Fire Anderson" signs are completely visible--the coverings seem to have come off and are wrapped around the sign poles. (Hey, nobody's fault if Mother Nature just happens to send some strong wind gusts, right?)
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    London to Baja California ~ across America

    Jamie-- I sent you a PM--it took a few minutes, but it did appear on my screen, so hope you get it. If not, let me know here--thanks.
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    London to Baja California ~ across America

    Jamie, I'm assuming you and Rosie will be out in the wild west for most of the trip, but if you happen to be on the east coast for part of it and go through Philadelphia, I would love to meet you both there for lunch (if I'm not traveling myself at that time--you know when you try to visit AUers, half the time they are not home!). Meanwhile, I wish you both a lovely cruise!
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    Fire Richard Anderson Campaign?

    The trouble with buses is that they have the same conditions as cars--traffic jams, more possibility of being in or affected by accidents, and having to deal with distracted drivers all around them. Also, in some places (and I will not say where, but I know of one place that people who have been on that bus have told me about), buses are not safe because fights break out and the bus driver cannot stop them because he is driving the bus and can't do two things at the same time. Plus, some people who take trains and are fine in them get carsick in a bus if they have to be in it for a long time. In addition, for older people who no longer want to (or cannot) drive (and nobody seems to care a bit about them, even though there are a lot of baby boomers living a long time, and even some Greatest Generation people still around), a train is a lot better than a bus (even if just for the fact that there is a conductor to help them on and off and answer any questions). I am going on a bus trip in early December with a friend who wants to do it--just a day trip, and with a reputable company--but I am actually dreading it because I rarely ride a bus at all now.
  11. Sorry for being silly--I posted before I read about the CA wildfire in "what are you doing now," and this is obviously not the best time for my silly jokes.
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    2019 Amtrak Calendar?

    I have a large-print, book format calendar that opens to show each month on two pages. I keep my whole life in that--travel, personal, and tasks. I am happy to coordinate with friends and relatives by phone or email, but I have no wish to ever coordinate digitally with the entire universe, thank you. However, as for print calendars, I do remember some gorgeous ones put out by NS--I received them as gifts and put them on the wall just to look at the lovely photos.
  13. This is a direct quote from the RPA newsletter in April 2017 (sorry, I don't know how to remove the underlining or color): "U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is pushing back against the Trump Administration’s efforts to slash budgets for critical passenger rail infrastructure, including Amtrak’s long-distance trains." I doubt that he has done a 180-degree turn in a year and a half. Having no clue who Evan Stair is, I looked him up--he's a local passenger rail guy out in Oklahoma? Where on earth did he get such a ridiculous idea? Someone can obviously be in favor of both the Gateway project and a national long-distance train network at the same time, and I always considered Schumer a fairly decent proponent of passenger rail in general.
  14. Look up "Schwartz brothers restaurants." You will come to something called "Daniel's Broiler." Go into that website and scroll down the page til you come to the bakery, and you will see a recurring picture of them making the cinnamon rolls and frosting the cookies. (I found their regular bakery website, too, but it does not have a picture of them frosting the cookies.)
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