San Antonio to El Paso

12:53PM Sunday December 27, 2015

I had a pretty rough time trying to fall asleep last night. I thought my walking around San Antonio would have tired me out to fall asleep faster,  but alas it was not so. I found it pretty difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position in my recline-and-foot-rest coach seat. I guess I’ve been too spoiled in my business class trips to Japan with angle flat and lie flat airline seats… Most positions I tried hurt after a little while, and that complicated my being able to fall asleep.

But then there were the two college guys. They boarded at San Marcos, but in the shuffling around at San Antonio, they got placed across the aisle from me. They didn’t go to bed until  5:30AM because they were up all night talking, playing cards, singing, and taking swigs of their own concoctions. Because of them and not being able to find a comfortable position, I only slept intermittently.

This morning was rather amusing because one of them, in their hungover stupor, went on a frustrated rant about why the birds outside of the window were only perched on one particular spot on the fence and not the rest of the fence.

Kids, don’t drink to drunkeness on trains lest other sober passengers use you for their own amusement.

When the guys finally went to bed, I was able to fall asleep for a while before waking up again at 7:00AM. I decided to go grab breakfast in the dining car. I sat with a mom and her boy as well as an older woman. I got to know them for a bit and learned a few more considerations for riding Amtrak trains. All of them are in sleeper cars so it was interesting to get some insight on what those are like. Unfortunately, I don’t remember their names due to my sleepless daze. I already know that I’ll ride Amtrak again so maybe I can go for a sleeper car in the future and not have to deal with loud, under the influence college kids. Breakfast was delicious.

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#Consolations

After breakfast, I decided to lounge around in the lounge car finishing up blog posts regarding yesterday. Eventually a middle-aged woman sat next to me and we conversed. Her name is Judy and she is a contract nurse. Her husband has some sort of manueuverable job so they travel a lot because of work. I got to hear about some of their adventures as we watched it snow outside. My phone was about to run out of battery so I headed back to my car to charge. And to take a nap. When I woke up, I had the lunch of champions:

 

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I don’t even know who Sara Lee is

More of the same after lunch. If Texas had tundras, I’m sure they would look like this:

 

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#SchoolCanceled

 

And lastly, we’ll probably be in New Mexico by the time dinner rolls around. But hey, it’s all good because I’ve got a reservation!

-JD