Back in NYC

I got in late last night on the train. The Amtrak train was 2 hours late both ways – going up to Montréal and coming back to NYC. I really support the idea of passenger rail travel, both for environmental reasons and just for the retro glamour and romance of it all, but Amtrak has a lot of room for improvement. Not only was the train late, but the café car ran out of food less than half-way into the trip. Not like there was much selection in the first place, just some sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs, reheated in a microwave. I really miss Japanese trains for their puntuality, customer service, and selection of good food – such as special, regional bento boxes known as “Ekiben” (駅弁).
Anyway, I was starving by the time I got home at 9:30 pm. So I dropped off my bags and went out again to pick up some takeout Pad Thai at Royal Siam, a Thai restaurant just around the corner from the apartment, and a bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon (a very light, cheap American lager, but perfect with spicy food) at the corner bodega. I pigged out at home and I was quickly asleep.

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