Railroading I

Tweet The car picked us up at 9:30 this morning, and we arrived at Boston’s South Station at 11. A kiosk immediately disgorged our tickets to Chicago and then to LA, and a 35-year Amtrak redcap, Tom, took us to the lounge and stowed our luggage. Twenty minutes later, he retrieved us and, pushing the traditional baggage cart, took us to the front of the Lakeshore Limited and handed us over to Bob, the sleeping car steward. Bob is 6’7″ …


Choo Choo

Tweet Maria and I are about to start our cross-country train trip. Her recent knee operation prohibits her from flying for 90 days (we are able to fly home in 10 days). So we’ve created an adventure on Amtrak, and I’ll be blogging throughout, beginning later today, with photos. Meanwhile, our latest adventure is below, the 2013 BMW X5 5.0 we picked up yesterday which has 7 miles on it and will have to wait until we return!


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 5/28/12

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Tweet May 28, 2012—Issue #140 This week’s focus point: Let’s take a moment to thank all the men and women who have served and are serving in the defense of our nation, sacrificing to protect us all. And with special thoughts, let us honor those who Lincoln so eloquently referred to as “giving their last full measure of devotion.” Rest in peace. Monday Morning Perspective: Men who take up arms against one another in public war do not cease on …



DASM: Dumb-Ass Stupid Management at Citizens Bank

Tweet Citizens Bank is owned by Royal Bank of Scotland, which very nearly disappeared in the financial crisis. I’ve been a customer for almost 30 years, when they acquired Old Stone Bank in East Greenwich, RI. Their local branch always had (and still has) courteous, helpful people, and their major competitor, Bank of America (which had taken over the local Fleet Bank), has had very erratic service. Citizens is a classic case of the back room not caring about customers …





The Dog Star: Beagle Lessons

Tweet (The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) The other night I came home at about 7 from dinner by myself, and found Buddy Beagle sitting by his bowl waiting for dinner. His dog food can was on the counter, so I figured Maria had left it out for me while she went to her board meeting. …