July 3, 2010
It’s America’s big week end. While you all head for fun filled community fireworks, cookouts and baseball games, I’m in locomotion toward Chicago where I’ll board America’s “native son”, the train they call the City of New Orleans. One stop before its final destination (New Orleans) I will get off in Hammond LA, then travel by car to Mandeville to become part of a team of folks who are supporting my life long friend in getting back on her feet following a recent surgery.
The idea of creating a train travel blog has been incubating in my head for months. And now it has materialized. On this first draft of this blog I learned a valuable lesson about blogging while in transit: compose first in Word, then copy and post online. Should the computer go offline while transferring one’s thoughts from head to computer, all is lost. Verizon mobile online connection – not so reliable……“Can you read me NOW?”. Thus, I rewrite.
I know not what the content of this blog (which I’ve entitled Train of Thoughts) will evolve to be. I’ve a passion for riding trains as of late, thus the inspiration for this blog. Trains are loaded with stories. When I watch a train pass by, I see carloads of stories being pulled along, each passenger carrying their own collection, some untold, and some that will be shared on the train with total strangers or travel companions. There is lots of time; a train is an environment which opens people up and stories fall out. As miles pass beneath their feet, people connect face to face, intimate communication is rediscovered as stories flow freely from one passenger car to the next. And new stories are born; stories that will be told later to others about that day we rode the train.
And so this is the birth of my little blog. We shall discover together what it grows to be. Journey with me by sharing your thoughts, feelings and reactions in the comment section of the blog. You can either check the blog regularly to see if there are new posts, or you can sign up to be notified when I have posted something new. I will be writing mostly when I am traveling by train, but there may be times I'll write when the wheels are not clicking beneath my feet. I look forward to traveling this segment of life’s railway with you.