Lsherm: That actually sounds like a great program for authors with nothing better to do. It's probably not even a waste of taxpayer dollars because no one rides the long distance routes anyway.
meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL!!!https://twitter.com/Amtrak/status/442661343687360512/photo/1The version of this is that they have the link which is answering of questions of train wifi connections but then the website has gone down such as the roommate of me when promised the French fry date.
HotIgneous Intruder: AMTRAK is the new pickup truck topper.
Mock26: Painters need not apply.
Benevolent Misanthrope: Lsherm: That actually sounds like a great program for authors with nothing better to do. It's probably not even a waste of taxpayer dollars because no one rides the long distance routes anyway.That's what I was thinking. Young hipsters will love the free trip and lack of accountability, plus the old school feel of a train. Little Old Ladies who are writing poems will love being treated like a queen with their own private berth. Up-and-coming recreational chemical dealers who claim to be emerging writers will love the business opportunities.
Artist: My experiences riding Amtrak, were for the most part, not good. I was a regular rider on the Philly to Saratoga Springs (final destination- Montreal) route. Let's see....on two separate occasions the engine caught on fire-why yes, I did see lots of smoke billowing past my window, yet the conductors told me "it's nothing". Yeah... riiiiiiight.....sat in the Albany station for a few hours-each time, waiting for Amtrak to find an engine to take over. Once, the wrong engine was sent. How we laughed about that, as the conductors said "it's nothing". Another time the train stopped. For about a half an hour, in the middle of nowhere. Conductors would tell us nothing. Not to worry, we watched as a passenger was taken off, on a stretcher, fully covered in a white sheet, quite dead. This train was never, ever, ever on time coming from Montreal, averaging at least 45 minutes or more behind in schedule. I always made allowances for that too. My final attempt to ride Amtrak was when the train to Philly was over 2 hours late, the station master could not tell me when it would, if ever arrive. Hopped a bus, which was delayed by a snowstorm, made it to Penn Station in well over 5 hours, took a shuttle over to Amtrak, which looking at my full priced ticket, put me on a beat up, over heated, smelly (vomit crossed with cigar butts) commuter train. When I pointed out I'd paid full price for the ticket, having only been able to use this one section of the ride, I thought the conductor was going to friggin' explode. So, of course, that was the end of my trying to go green, not pollute, not waste gas.....and quite happy to rent a car. So, writers will have lots, 'n lots of material to work with! Surley staff! Uncomfortable seats! Lots of time waiting for a train, an engine! Dead people! Fires! Over booked trains-standing (I did several times) all the way to Manhattan!Oh, and for the record, I traveled through out France and Italy on trains....so much easier.
Richard_The_Clown: Suddenly, the engineer needs to slow down. He hits the brakes, but the brakes hit hard. Now you are flying OUT OF THE BUNK, ACROSS THE ROOM, HIT THE CABINETS AND THEN THE FLOOR! This happened more than once.
rev. dave: I didn't see where the trip was free. I hope it is on a route where wifi is always on. I don't see it being used by anyone other than those who are already wealthy authors. I would like a 2 day trip just to see what it is like.
beezeltown: The fine print points out the fact that Amtrak owns a permanent, royalty-free right to works created on the program./pointed out by a local author who was considering applying...
kirlian: I lived and worked on a vacation train for about six months, the American Orient Express. (GIS it, there's good stuff.) Richard_The_Clown, we tied up next to the Ringling Bros Red Train in Vegas a couple of times, we might've been neighbors.
Lt. Cheese Weasel: [sweden.kcomposite.com image 320x213]Would love to do this. Will there be swedish meatballs?/where's Beeks?
This About That: It sounds like the prize is one round-trip on a long distance train of their choice. It sounds like an admission that fares are too high for the regular sort of struggling writer.
kirlian: Richard_The_Clown:That was my unit, but sadly when I was with the show that was the one year they DIDN'T do Vegas. We did Albuquerque, NM instead. In the middle of June. And you would think that an arena, located in a DESERT, would have air conditioning! That was a long week!We used Albuquerque as a turnaround station a few times. It did get a tad warm... But I think you dodged a bullet there; the place they parked the trains in Vegas was ridiculously hot. Big metal boxes in the sun. Good times, good times.../but if all goes well this week, I'll get to go BACK to the circus!Nice. I'm envious. Good luck. :)
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