Prizes and Postings and Parlour Cars.

Response from American Airlines. The answer is “C”. They have given me 5,000 Aadvantage miles as a gesture of good will and, as my late father-in-law was wont to say, “That’s a lot better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.” (See previous post if you’re confused.)
 
Blogging Has its Rewards. I’ve been blogging for something like eight years now and am coming up on 1400 posts. It’s certainly been interesting. For one thing—no, it’s the FIRST and most important thing— there are quite a few folks who stop by almost every day and frequently contribute to the common good with interesting and informative comments, all of which are welcome and very much appreciated.
 
Speaking of Comments. They come in all forms and colors and shapes and sizes. And for some reason I seem to be getting more of them after switching to the new WordPress format … a decidedly mixed blessing. Three new ones were here to greet me when I sat down at the computer with my coffee this morning. One was in Chinese characters, another wanted me to let them overhaul this web site, and the third was … uh … well, here it is, in its entirety:
 
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And then there was this one, which showed up a few days ago.
 
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You’re welcome … I think.
 
The Parlour Cars are Back! We have received reliable reports that, as Amtrak promised, the Pacific Parlour Cars are once again part of the Coast Starlight consists. Back in January, Amtrak announced that these wonderful cars would be removed temporarily for renovation. There had been dark suspicions that, once gone, they would never return, but that fear appears to have been unfounded. And thank goodness!

These bi-level beauties were originally Santa Fe equipment, I believe, and were discovered sitting idle by Amtrak executive Brian Rosenwald, who somehow got the money to rescue and restore them. The Coast Starlight, which runs daily in each direction between Los Angeles and Seattle, is the only Amtrak train with these cars and I will say without the slightest hesitation or embarrassment that I have frequently extended one of my trips by a couple of days for no other reason than to ride that train and spend most of the time in that car.
 
I got an email a couple of days ago from a mom wanting to know if young children could be taken on long-distance train rides. Of course! But I’ll post some tips on minimizing any problems next time.