The Heart Truth- Red Dress

Go deeper than the pink, go red. Go deeper than the breast, go to the heart.

Heart disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women in the USA. Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and cultivate social relationships (make friends!); these will help save your heart. I know because I have CAD, coronary artery disease.

07 January 2009


All my life I have lived near transportation: airports, highways and train tracks. Because I was born on an air force base on the day before King Mohammed V of Morocco died, my father had to find alternate transportation for the trip back to our home base. Mom and I arrived on the same small airplane that brought the mail.

So travel is in my dna. And this Christmas I chose to ride Amtrak from Texas to Pennsylvania. This was a two train trip. Train one was the Texas Eagle; I rode from Temple, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. Because of cold weather the trip took 30 hours. The temperature was 70 when I left Temple and about 8 when I arrived in Chicago. After a two hour delay, train two- the Capitol Limited, left. It arrived about 11 hours later.

As much as I like travel, this was more than a wee bit too long.

I brought a book, WICKED, and my laptop with dvds. This kept me occupied for a while. Most of the people on the train are friendly and respectful. And I have nothing but praise for the staff on the train. They are kind, efficient, and professional.

I recommend train travel IF you are taking a short trip. Sitting in the coach seats becomes a test for one's behind. One does have MUCH more leg room on a train as opposed to an airplane. One gentleman, who was 6ft 3, said he had plenty of legroom.

And the dinning car is worth a visit. The Texas Eagle has 'Tex-Mex' food and I had a very good salmon dinner.

However, what I saved by purchasing train over plane travel, I spent on meals. ;-)

1 comment:

Gramma Ann said...

Thanks for the update. I wondered why it took so long to get to PA.

We always drive when we travel back to Maryland. We have a camper that we sometimes take. But one of the kids have a camper we can stay in when we get there, so we no longer take it. The other one we stay with has a spare bedroom for us to use.

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