It's 2:00 pm and I'm here in the Hart
Memorial Central Library in Kissimmee, Florida
with some time to kill.
Why I'm in the Hart Memorial Central Library is a story unto itself.
A week and a half ago,
my friend Tom Lanahan,
a train aficionado,
invited me to ride along with him on the Georgia 300,
a private rail car that is currently attached to end of the
Silver Meteor and heading south.
The only catch was that I needed to be in Kissimmee at 1:26 pm today in order to catch the train as it
I didn't miss the train—it's currently running two hours late,
where as the north bound Silver Meteor,
the train I took to Kissimmee,
was on time,
arriving in Kissimmee at 1:06 pm on the nose.
I have some time to kill.
This is the first time I've taken Amtrak and it wasn't a bad experience.
The seats are wide,
there's plenty of leg room
(oh my God the leg room!)
and the one-way ticket wasn't expensive at all
since I'll be taking a private rail car back to Chez Boca).
while a bit on the expensive side
(of course—they have a captive audience)
was surprisingly good.
And I can't complain about the service.
It's been excellent all along.
But there is one thing I can complain about …
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