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Trip is Getting Close

July 12th, 2022 at 05:32 pm

As my train trip is edging closer, I decided to quickly order some small organizing travel bags from Amazon. At the same time, I ordered a new umbrella, as one of the ribs broke on my old one, and a picture frame to replace one that is just too heavy for the wall. The total cost was $52, taking into account some Amazon credits I had.

I have been worried about how to get to the train station, which is in downtown Chicago. I didn't want to ask my son to drive me, as he would be working, and I didn't want to Uber, as it is expensive, and kind of nerve-wracking, too. The Metra train would be a good option if I didn't have bags, but of course I will have bags -- and it's about a six-block walk. I finally decided to ask my son, and it turns out he will be going on a business trip that day, and he is delighted to drop me off at the station and then use my car on his trip -- thus DIL will have their car while he's gone, so it's a win-win all round. I think he said he would give me the reimbursement he gets for the trip, but I'm not sure I heard him right! Anyway, I'm just glad to have a ride and also glad that he will have my car and it won't get towed because of street cleaning, or anything like that.

Yesterday was a baseball game (as is today) and I spent $22 on lunch for my grandson and myself. The game was held in Highland Park, and I sat behind a couple who had been at that fateful parade. They had been situated very close to a couple who lost their lives -- the couple whose little son was spared but is now an orphan. I could tell they were still very shaken, and I gave them my heartfelt condolences.  I think this is going to reverberate in our communities for a long time.

4 Responses to “Trip is Getting Close”

  1. Lots of ideas Says:

    I’m glad you and your son are helping each other out. You do a lot for them, and I bet they are happy for the chance to reciprocate.

    May I suggest that you pack warm socks or slippers and some form of lightweight shawl in your accessible bag in case the train is cold? And dress in layers in case it is warm?

    I love traveling by train, and I hope you have a great adventure.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I'm on it! I'm planning to tie a hoodie around my waist, and I'll be carrying a throw in my backpack. I'll be wearing socks and shoes.

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Sounds like you are ready. Where are you going?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I'm going to Oregon, to visit my son. The train trip originates in Chicago, so it will be two and a half days on the rails -- two nights!

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