This is her second trip on Amtrak down to Philadelphia as she went down the first time over President's Day Weekend (Darcy's Mom has sent her tickets both times so who I am to deny her the chance to actually go do something fun?) so she's now a seasoned veteran when it comes to train travel. Her train left yesterday afternoon at 1:17 and we had some time to kill while waiting for it to arrive so took some pictures that I've put together in a little slideshow. Hopefully you can read the text I inserted with each picture!
Way back when I was much younger (not that much older than Amanda is now) and was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey I used to take the train back and forth to Connecticut myself so in some small way (very small way!), it's sort of like reliving a bit of my past. The neat thing now as opposed to way back when, though, is that Amanda can keep in touch with me via cell phone the whole way down and I don't have to worry about wondering how she is en route to her "week of fun". Sometimes there is a lot to be said for modern technology!
Anyway, it appears that I have an entire week to myself for a change and even though it's going to be pretty quiet around the old hacienda, I think I'm going to enjoy it - well, when I'm not at work that is!
Speaking of work, this week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week here in the good ole' US of A so if you get the chance - tell a dispatcher thank you! - it makes us feel so much better about the generally thankless job that we do! Celebrations at work this week will include some sort of edible treat every day, the chance to wear civilian clothes rather than my uniform, and tomorrow I'll be attending a Dispatch Conference in Cromwell with my Monday dispatch partner, Wayne. It's always great to get together with the other crazies in my chosen profession and compare
As a shout-out to one of my brothers and sisters with a headset, if you get the chance please pop over to The Life of a Father of Five and surprise him with a thank you - he's not only Dad to five but a 911 Police and Fire Dispatcher in Minnesota. I'm sure he'd be thrilled with a comment or two (I know I would be!).
Everyone have a great week - I'm going to go see what sort of trouble I can get into by myself!