notes from the commute

A couple of my recent commutes have taken as long as my average flight to Chicago.
Last night I arrived at the station in time for the 5:29 but noticed hundreds of people standing around and no trains posted on the schedule board. The 5:29 was canceled along with everything else. I stood in a corner, having found an outlet and charged my phone while people smashed and crushed their way into the only train leaving the station. I heard the police slam the overhead gates to close the place in an effort to avoid a major crush. It was a little scary. Finally, some time later they called a train for Tuvalu which I squeezed on to. It was packed. People were tense. Everyone was trying to call home, people were cranky but resigned. We sat for a long time before we finally left.

This morning, with icy weather threatening, I had the very finest sort of seat-mate.
She was wearing a beautiful shearling coat, long and black, which she removed to reveal a black skirt, turtleneck and patterned tights. (I was wearing the very same thing!) She had on a purple cloche and I swear I nearly gasped when she took it off as she had a beautiful short hair cut and lovely gray hair.
She smiled at me as she took out her iPad.

I know, I haven't been here much but it's not that anything terrible is going on. K has been working very long hours (and weekends) and I'm moving along.
I spent quality time with Youngest and Middle last weekend, we have quite a bit of snow on the ground and, as I mentioned, it's raining ice today.
(Also, my head is hot! Oh no!)


Anonymous said…
After I read this post I clicked over here:, which is another sort of commuting story altogether.
Amy A. said…
You may need to stay in, warm and cozy tomorrow. Sounds like you need a break from weather and travel!
Anonymous said…
You sort of sat next to yourself. Cool/odd.

Be careful out there, bb. Your weather is freaking me out.

Anonymous said…
That train situation sounds so Soviet Republic to me...just reeks of harshness. Glad you had a good seatmate to take the edge off.