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Trains and Automobiles
In my usual somewhat distracted fashion (I can program the heck out of a java program, design software architecture, but I cannot for the life of me find my way around Ann Arbor), I was driving to A's house last night, got a little turned around, and realized I was right near the train station. "Ooh, a train station! I can buy a ticket!"

So I turned around, went around a block, and found it. I popped in, and quickly and easily I was out the door in five minutes with a shiny new ticket from my town to Chicago. I started to book one on the internet last week, but they'd wanted $13 to complete the transaction. $13! That's crazy. So I didn't buy it online, and wasn't sure if I'd take the train after all. (My train station doesn't have a ticket window, just a platform. I guess it's not really a station after all, just a place the trains stop.)

Problem solved, now I can train to Chicago. Also the guy believed me when I said I was a AAA member, even though I couldn't find my card. So all in all I saved $22 by getting distracted on my way to A's. Yay!

So I will go to Chicago this weekend for my sister's birthday. Yet another whirlwind tour, coming in friday night and leaving sunday morning, but I can spend 10 hours on the train doing homework. This is good, because I still have two assignments due by sunday night.

And I have about 1000 more words to write for tonight's assignment, so I'd better get back to that. I'm still very glad I went out last night; not only am I glad I could be there, but I also had a lovely time. I would have, even without the pleasant train surprise.

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nishar From: nishar Date: June 24th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love trains. The click-clack noise makes me sleep so well. It's sort of like rain softly falling on a tin roof. I hope you can get all your work done on that train and still catch a nap.
egon010 From: egon010 Date: June 25th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
D'Oh! I'm in Chicago this and last weekend!
rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: June 25th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to get lost in A2 all the time, until I learned to think of it as a spider. Downtown is the body, and it is arranged in a nice grid pattern. However, there are these weird legs heading out of town, often at odd angles. Once I viewed the roads into downtown (Plymouth Road, Washtenaw Ave, Packard, State, Main/A2-Saline, Liberty, Huron/Jackson/Dexter, Miller) as spider legs, it all worked out. I just have to work out which leg someone lives by, and I'm fine. (Some of the neighborhoods, particularly Kerrytown and the medical campus, still cause me problems, but it's okay.)

Congratulations on getting the train ticket, and have fun in Chicago!
jebra From: jebra Date: June 25th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd appreciate a trip report. I've thought about taking the train to Chicago several times, but haven't done so yet. I used to take it from Lansing to Chicago several times a year, when I was in school, but it's been years.
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: June 25th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the train between there and here. Watch out for bald eagles (round Battle Creek), and the yard full of angels!
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