I have gotten enough feedback to know that people enjoy my on going trip reports of my travels on Amtrak. This one might be more interesting than most. As many of you know I’m a teacher in Chicago. The large urban school system operates without rhyme or reason sometimes. At the end of the last year I was not renewed at the school I was working at. Thus I had to find a new one for this upcoming year. After completing 136 online applications (those are not hard after you get the initial information in the computer) and interviewing 8 times I was offered a job 15 minutes after the interview Thursday 8/8/19. Of course I gleefully accepted. Then went home to pack. All week I’ve been tracking the red and black dots on AMS maps that represent 5 and 6. Lots of several hour delays due to different reasons. This morning at breakfast with my dad I did my normal perusal of train orders and nearly choked on my bagel lox and cream cheese. 5 and 6 had spent hours in Provo and Salt Lake City due to mud slides near Thistle. As I write this both trains are still sitting. I’m on the Metra approaching Union station. I am relaxed and ready for this trip.