Initially, I planned on heading home for my sister’s birthday party. I was going to surprise her, since I didn’t get her a gift I figured I could get away with saying “I’M YOUR GIFT.” And then promise her some kind of gift IOU.
But Amtrak has been running on wonky schedule lately because it’s really cold out. Yeah, that’s right, Amtrak finds it difficult to operate trains because it’s really quite chilly out there.
I don’t own a car, so I’m a person who legitimately relies on public transportation to get me everywhere. E-VER-RYWHERE. This isn’t even just when I lived in New York City, this includes when I lived in Minneapolis for two years (where it’s, you know, really fucking cold, like almost Canadian cold), and now in DC.
So things like this (combined with Amtrak’s total price gauging) kinda make me a little cranky. I once rode Amtrak while it was snowing a few inches total, and they kept having to stop because, I’m not kidding, THEY HIT SOMETHING, so they had to check the entire train each time (which took 15-30 minutes for each inspection). Don’t ask me what they hit, don’t ask me how they hit it and what about that hit prompted them to stop the train so frequently, but there you have it. Then there was that time we had to stop for 2 hours to pick up passengers from a broken down Acela train. Or that time the engine just died.
Since I know Amtrak well enough that I don’t like my odds of getting to and from my destination in a relatively timely fashion, I’m spending the weekend at home on my couch. So thanks once again, Amtrak, for proving you are so totally not worth the money.