September 8th, 2010

socks and cat

Train

The train ride to and from Portland was nice and I really do love taking the train so much more than flying. You can arrive at the train station 10 minutes before your train arrives and hop right on. None of that waiting around for an hour like you do at the airport. You can get up and move around all you want. And if you get tired of your seat you can enjoy a meal in the dining car. The food has really improved over the years and on the train back I enjoyed a salad made made with lettuce, spinach, dried cranberries, dried apricots, fresh apples and blue cheese.

The movies are are free if you bring your own headphones or $3 to buy headphones. And if you pay $14 extra you can get a seat at a table so you have a huge table to spread out on for the entire ride and you can use it for a picnick or to spread out your laptop and paperwork and get some work done.

I wish they had trains that go to Fresno so I could take one home for Xmas. But they don't have a route that goes to Fresno.
socks and cat

Yes, people do die from tweeting

When I heard about the death of Dr. Frank Ryan last month I was thinking how sad it was. He worked his entire life to become a famous plastic surgeon to the stars and was super rich and had his life cut short by accidentally driving over a cliff. He also founded a charity that gave inner city kids an outdoor ranch experience.

But it just got sadder. There was nothing in his system at the time of his death that would interfere with his ability to drive. But at the exact time he drove over the cliff he was also posting a pic of his dog in the car on Twitter along with the message "Border collie Jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune".

That's right, a rich and famous and generous man with a promising life died from distracted driving due to tweeting. At least the dog was thrown from the car and survived the accident.