Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yet another trip

Okay, I’m going to talk about traveling again.

When I return from Seattle, I have to attend a 3-day conference in Effingham, Illinois.

“Where the hell is Effingham?” you say.

It’s about three hours south of Chicago.
Like everything else in Illinois.

But after last week’s thousand-mile tour of Illinois, I’m not going to drive this time. I just saw that Amtrak goes from Chicago to Effingham for $49.00 round trip.

I am SO not driving.

I will have a nice cab driver take me to Union Station (just a few blocks away) where I will board a nice, comfortable train. (Trains have lots more legroom than airplanes).
Then, I can sit back for the ride, read a book, play on my wireless laptop, procure coffee from the dining car, and not have to worry about driving anywhere.

Then, I can beckon one of the staff members to pick me up at the train station in Effingham. More than likely, I’ll just call a cab to the hotel and not have to actually interact with anyone.

I really love taking the train.

There is no assigned seating, so if there’s a screaming baby, you just move. As opposed to taking narcotics.

Plus, it’s Amtrak, so it's not like there’ll actually be anyone ON the train. Sometimes, you can practically have an entire car to yourself.

Security measures? Bah! You get out of a cab and get on the train. That’s it.

Unlike the airplane, one can operate huge array of electronic devices during the entire ride.

There’s never any turbulence, landings or takeoffs.

There are lots of bathrooms and they use Ozium air sanitizer. That stuff will quell the smell of a decaying weasel, if need be. (Ozium always reminds me of the train and I like that)

I am so glad the train goes to Effingham. I'll be able to blog the entire time.

Aren't you excited?



At 8:06 PM , Blogger Iwanski said...


Effin' sheeet!!!!!

At 1:06 AM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Yes. I am. I love train travel. Remind me to tell you about the time I took the train from Seattle to San Diego. Great trip.

At 2:17 PM , Blogger Buck said...

Lorraine: I looked at the train trip from Chicago to Seattle. Nice price, but 41 hours. And then there's the whole South Dakota thing.

At 3:40 PM , Anonymous Bro said...

...But if you take the train you won't have a car to drive just south of town on Hy-57 to go up into the Big White Cross! Or to the 24 hour porn shop all lit up in purple and pink neon, which is about the only thing you can see from the top of the Big White Cross at night.

Actually, Effingham's a nice little town. Enjoy your train ride. BTW, that same line ends here in San Antonio. We should take advantage of that some time.

At 2:05 AM , Blogger Buck said...

Bro: I've seen the Big White Cross near Effingham and also the billboard advertising the Huge Adult Porn Shop nearby.
Frankly, both sites have an equally bleak appeal to me. I'll stick with my round trip train ticket.

And American Airlines can get me to San Antonio awfully fast. . . .


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