Posted by: lbnassar | February 19, 2007

Good morning, America, how are ya?


My dad worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for his entire career, starting out as a fireman (engineer) and moving into management as a Road Foreman his last few years of service (10? 15?). I grew up riding the Santa Fe Super Chief from Bakersfield, CA to Kingman AZ (our house to my grandparents’) every summer. I LOVED it. The train was the best part of the visit to their house; no other kid I knew got to do that and we did it for FREE!

I have so many great memories of trips – three stand out: one when we rode all night with the Comstocks in the dome car (seats did not recline) and found new and interesting ways to contort our bodies in order to sleep, one when I was an adult at Christmas time with my brother from Marceline, MO to Kansas City, MO back to Chicago, IL and then back to Marceline. Essentially that was 2 complete trips in 24 hours or so. My dad had to go as escort for the train for some A&SF bigwigs from KC to CHI, and as we didn’t have anything better to do, we caught a ride too! The lastest stand out was yesterday with my daughters from Oakland, CA to Fresno, CA to visit my mom. I hope they had as much fun as I did!

I think the reason I liked the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand so much was because Dagney Taggart worked for the railroad, not because of the philosophy of the author!


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