You are going to siting next to a complete stranger on a Amtrak train in coach/bar car for the next 8-12-24 hours.....

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You are going to siting next to a complete stranger on a Amtrak train in coach/bar car for the next 8-12-24 hours.....
Posted by divebardave on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 4:44 PM

What do you talk about?  I have learned the hard way not to discuss Politics,Religion and now Climate Change and the Boston Red Sox....better to talk about the theoretical best way to deep six your inlaws. --As for me Mafia Movies and single malt scotches seem to be the goto conversation.  

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:24 PM

I don't know, but if he looks like Robert Walker Senior I'm getting off at the next station!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YojNaEJf_1k  

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Posted by PJS1 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:49 PM

Flintlock76
 I don't know, but if he looks like Robert Walker Senior I'm getting off at the next station!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YojNaEJf_1k  

That does it.  From now on its Greyhound and Megabus for me.  Oh, you can forget the part time gig as a Merry-go-round operator. 

 

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Posted by divebardave on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:36 PM

Actor Robert Walker, Jr. (1940-2019) 

https://forums.tcm.com/topic/261961-actor-robert-walker-jr-1940-2019/

has just passed away  

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Posted by Gramp on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:38 PM

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Posted by CMStPnP on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:44 PM

divebardave
What do you talk about?  I have learned the hard way not to discuss Politics,Religion and now Climate Change and the Boston Red Sox....better to talk about the theoretical best way to deep six your inlaws. --As for me Mafia Movies and single malt scotches seem to be the goto conversation.  

You had to learn that on Amtrak?  Seriously?

How about this:

1. Is this your first train ride?

2. How is your trip going so far?

3. Are you having a good time?

4. Where are you from?

5. Where are you headed?

6. What do you do for a living?

7. Have you ever been stuck behind Joe Lunchpail on the Metra Express?

Ok well just kidding on #7....lol

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:54 PM

How about something like "Do you enjoy riding trains?" But be careful--this can lead to marriage that lasts many years.

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Posted by Gramp on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:25 PM

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:31 PM

Beware of men wearing two-tone shoes and a tie clasp with the name Bruno on it. 

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:13 PM

I've read that "Strangers" was filmed at Danbury, CT. The station scenes, anyway. 

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:10 PM

What if the man's tie clasp has the Southern's 4501 on it? Is that a dangerous sign?

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 9, 2020 2:11 AM

Well. for me, across the Cafe-car table, Winnapeg - St. Paul, pre-Amtrak, turned out to be Phil Hastings, and I got a cab-ride, Crookston - Grand Forks with him, as well as some terrific conversation.  I had sat down across from him with the latest copy of TRAINS in my hand, with the cover one of his photos.

In May 1970, shortly sfter the end of the CZ and the inauguration of the RGZ as part of its 3-time-a-week replacement, across the table turned out to be Tom Long, VP Passenger traffic, with conversation something like recommended in a previous posting, and a reminder of when we had met 8-years previously on a Maurie Kleibolt Chi. RR Club Colorado excursion, when I paid the extra 40 dollars to be one of twelve using the Nomad to and from Silverton, and repeated for a different office car to and from Farminton.  He had a driver and car waiting for him at Salt Lake City and insisted on driving me to the UP Station to make my connection for LA. 

On the return trip (after Daylight Parlor-Obs LA - SF. roomette, SP to Ogden, cab in place of van - Salt Lake City), the dining car steward told me everything would be on-the-house (suspect Tom really paid), and that I should visit D&RGW Hq. in Denver while stopping over to visit my sister and daughter and grandchildren.  There he introduced me to Leonard J. Berstein (his successor in managing the passenger service), and we became goodfriends, with his first wife, Alice, and my sister also becoming good friends.  We also did meet his second wife, Dorothy after Alice passed on.

On a flight to Johannesburg on Sun City business, my seat companion was Alexander Hamilton III, whom I knew from my MIT days and NRHS meetings.  He was on his way to ride steam specials.  I had neither the time or the money for that, but did to actually run a 4-8-0 at the  Praetoria Engine Sheds a short distance.

Those of you active at Seashore knew Alex better than I did.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 9:17 AM

Deggesty

What if the man's tie clasp has the Southern's 4501 on it? Is that a dangerous sign?

 

That just means he's cool!  I wouldn't worry at that point.

It'd be even better if his tie clip had N&W 611 on it!  

And David, you have to be one of the Lord's chosen ones, I can't believe your luck at consistantly being in the right place at the right time!

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:55 AM

Flintlock76

 

 
Deggesty

What if the man's tie clasp has the Southern's 4501 on it? Is that a dangerous sign?

 

 

 

That just means he's cool!  I wouldn't worry at that point.

It'd be even better if his tie clip had N&W 611 on it!  

And David, you have to be one of the Lord's chosen ones, I can't believe your luck at consistantly being in the right place at the right time!

 

Back then, the 611 was not famous. I do not recall her mentioning my tie clasp as we began our conversation. At least, it did not frighten her.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:54 AM

See what I mean Johnny?  You're cool!

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Posted by divebardave on Monday, January 13, 2020 11:33 AM

Is the Alexander Hamilton III this guy?-

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, January 13, 2020 2:43 PM

I think he has the Roman numeral wrong.  Isn't it Alexander van Cortlandt Hamilton V?

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Posted by alphas on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:53 PM

I talked to quite a few young ladies riding the Silver Meteor and East Coast Champion on my trips back to school in South Florida during the mid-60's.     I ended up dating a few, including one that I dated my last 6 months in college.    I don't remember what we talked about but we got along just fine.

I suspect that hasn't changed among the "young folks" over the years when it comes to Amtrak.

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Posted by divebardave on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:41 PM

alphas

I talked to quite a few young ladies riding the Silver Meteor and East Coast Champion on my trips back to school in South Florida during the mid-60's.     I ended up dating a few, including one that I dated my last 6 months in college.    I don't remember what we talked about but we got along just fine.

I suspect that hasn't changed among the "young folks" over the years when it comes to Amtrak.

 

No the young ones just share movies on there smart pads and fall asleep on each others shoulders/arms,,,,50 years from now there grandkids will wonder how grandma/grandpa get along when they have not said a word to each other in years.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 4:46 PM

divebardave

50 years from now there grandkids will wonder how grandma/grandpa get along when they have not said a word to each other in years.

Perhaps that's the secret to their "success? " 

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:18 PM

divebardave
 
alphas

I talked to quite a few young ladies riding the Silver Meteor and East Coast Champion on my trips back to school in South Florida during the mid-60's.     I ended up dating a few, including one that I dated my last 6 months in college.    I don't remember what we talked about but we got along just fine.

I suspect that hasn't changed among the "young folks" over the years when it comes to Amtrak. 

No the young ones just share movies on there smart pads and fall asleep on each others shoulders/arms,,,,50 years from now there grandkids will wonder how grandma/grandpa get along when they have not said a word to each other in years.

They text each other!

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:34 AM

Yep!!   Times change.  Whether that's progress is unclear.  My opinion is that it has some negatives.  The positives include connecting with people all over, which reduces a parochial outlook.  The negative is a reduction of non-verbal communication. 

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:26 AM

charlie hebdo
Perhaps that's the secret to their "success? "

My dad was like so many of his generation - work 8-12 hours, then hang out at the fire company.  Others went to the bar or bowling alley.  This whole being together always is sort of the new thing.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:55 AM

One of the problem areas some married seniors encounter post-retirement is being together 24/7. And I don't think it is a recent development. I recall stories of my grandmother wanting to get away from my grandpa, even if only for an afternoon. And my mother asking if I would take my dad out to play golf or something,  anything to get him out of the house for awhile. 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:24 AM

davebardave:   The photo did not come through.  I am certain it was Alexander Hamilton III, and if the Eternal blessed us and him by his being alive today, he would be in his 110s.  Can you repost with a smaller bitcount?  Or email it as a jpg attachment to me at daveklepper@yahoo.com?

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Posted by 243129 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:29 AM

charlie hebdo
One of the problem areas some married seniors encounter post-retirement is being together 24/7.

The day after I retired I was sitting in the kitchen having a cup of coffee when my wife appeared looking at me as though I was a trespasser. I felt the need to explain that "I live here also".Stick out tongue

Having worked long hours and not being around for holidays for many years  I can see how the home front can be considered 'her turf'. However, after six years of retirement, I have been granted certain (few) liberties on 'her turf'.

One of my most memorable 'rawhide' jobs went by the symbol NH-1 HN-2, nicknamed "the drop". It was a 100+ car local freight pedaling cars between Cedar Hill CT and Oak Point NY and return. 10:15 PM report, 2:14 PM sign off, 5 days a week. So it is understandable that senior wives/partners feel 'violated' by encroachment on their turf.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:10 AM

Retiree's living together 24/7?  We're getting used to that now.  So far, so good.  Here's the secret...

1) Don't tell her what to do or how to do it better unless she asks, and that applies to anything she does.

2) The same is true for wifey concerning hubby.  

3) Give each other plenty of space.  

4) Remember the words of my grandmother, wisest woman I've ever known...

    "For a marriage to work, sometimes you have to close one eye.  Sometimes BOTH eyes!"

Lady Firestorm and I have been married 43 years, and haven't killed each other yet, so Grandma's advice works!  My parents have been married 69 years, it's worked for them too!

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Posted by Phoebe Vet on Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:44 AM

You are going to be next to a stanger no matter which mass transit you choose.

Try talking about the most recent crash you can think of.

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Posted by zugmann on Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:34 PM

Earbuds are a thing.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:38 PM

Flintlock76

1) Don't tell her what to do or how to do it better unless she asks, and that applies to anything she does.

2) The same is true for wifey concerning hubby.  

3) Give each other plenty of space.

Very good advice. I've been married for 47 years, and I concur.

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