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Icon 1 posted December 22, 2004 10:47      Profile for Number 2608     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm on a GNER train travelling between Leeds and London, connecting to the internet via the train's wireless network. Finally, something on the British railways that almost works. Even if the connection is very slow and the coverage is not too great in places.

Merry christmas to everyone in advance, as I am very unlikely to post again in the near future.

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Well at least you're honest. I've never been on a train, I hope you're having fun. And Happy Festivus!
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I've had the same experience between Edinburgh & Darlington, they call it mobile office, it's free in 1st class and they charge 2nd Class (coach) passengers 7.95 GBP (15 USD) for 2 hours, which consequently is about the amount of time it takes to check your mail.

Fortunately I tried it for free as I'd have been really pissed off if I'd had to pay for it. I don't object to paying for WiFi, when you have too [Wink] but if I do I want decent bandwidth

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Icon 1 posted December 22, 2004 11:41      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And now I have this song by "The Balancing Act" in my head

A Girl, Her Sister and a Train -

I ran into a pretty girl
And her sister
We were on a train
The train was burning
Up the tracks
Their hair fell in their eyes
And down their backs
A girl, her sister and a train...

They came from Canada
Southwest Ontario
Every time they talked to me
It sounded like stereo
We crossed plains and mountain ranges
Salt flats covered in snow
We saw ten thousand places
Hiways never go
A girl, her sister and a train...

We waited in the field
Beside the station
The girls were real
Was the train just our imagination?
The sun dropped behind a bluff
We sang a folksong
I held them in my arms
As the train rolled all night long
Lovers drift together
Traverlers drift apart
Our roads will end forever
Right back where they started
A girl, her sister and a train...

If you won't lvoe me
In your house on the hill
I know for all my life
These sisters will
A girl, her sister and a train...

Words and music by Jeff Davis

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Icon 12 posted December 22, 2004 12:54      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm thinking of Strangers On A Train. [evil]
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Icon 1 posted December 22, 2004 13:29      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It just reminded me of "I'm on a plain" by Nirvana.

(train rhymes with plain, and I also think planes, trains and automobiles, which puts it all together in my head -- don't ask, I'm weird that way.)

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
It just reminded me of "I'm on a plain" by Nirvana.

(train rhymes with plain, and I also think planes, trains and automobiles, which puts it all together in my head -- don't ask, I'm weird that way.)

Hmm, and your aside reminded me of Radiohead's "Let Down." ('Transport, motorways & tramlines...starting up and stoping...taking off and landing...)

/me using iTunes kickass Spotlight feature to zoom to it...

The single best thing I have just found in iTunes 4.7...stowed away in Preferences -> Advanced -- "Minimize iTunes window to system tray." I've been wanting that for quite some time, and just discovered it the other day - it was such a waste of taskbar space (particularly since I use FoxyTunes).

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Icon 12 posted December 22, 2004 14:27      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've only been on a train once in my life and it was in France [crazy]
Go figure.

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I'm blessed to live near a lot of trains. Amtrak's Lancaster station is less than a mile from my house, so during university, I rode Greyhound to Harrisburg from State College, then took the train to Lancaster. Before I bought my car, I took the train to Philly to visit my sister at her university down there.

Strasburg Railroad and the Train Museum is about half-an-hour away from me. That's fun, too.

I'd put the links in there for y'all, but I'm too lazy right now to do it! [Razz]

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When I worked in Lausanne, I used to take the train to work everyday.

Then again I do live in Switzerland, where you set your watches to the trains.

Last year was a bad year for Swiss trains, only 98% kept to schedule.

Then we have the nifty trams in Geneva as well.

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I've taken VIA/Amtrak from Toronto to NY (and back.)

I've taken the LIRR across New York.

I've taken Go Transit through Toronto a few times.

I've been on Toronto's subway system a few thousand times.

And I've taken VIA from Montreal to Toronto

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When I dated the artist, we had dreams of traveling all over the US and Canada solely by rail. Once I have some money and have accrued enough time to take off, I'm going to try it some year, hopefully in the near future.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
When I dated the artist, we had dreams of traveling all over the US and Canada solely by rail. Once I have some money and have accrued enough time to take off, I'm going to try it some year, hopefully in the near future.

I wouldn't bother.

An aussie journalist recently wrote an article about his train trip across the USA, it was far from complimentary about the service. Imagine several days in a train with a faulty effluent tank..... *shudder*

I often use the local trains here in oz, and when I was in the UK I was in a job that required frequent visits to client sites, and weekly visits to the Manchester office of my employer, so I got to travel all over the British Rail system at someone elses expense.

That was before the days of internet access on trains, but I had a offline email/newsgroup reader on my laptop, so I'd dial up in the morning, get the updates on the newsgroups I subscribed to, spend the train trip reading and replying, then dial up when I got to a phone and upload my replies. All while the meter was running, as I got paid for travel time. [thumbsup] Some weeks I got paid more for playing around on the internet than Mrs Druid was making as a teacher.

Trains are a good way to see Europe, you can get on a train in Paris in the evening, and get off in Berlin the following morning, so it's actually a very efficient use of time, and you see more of the countryside than you will from a plane.

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Yeah, I want to get a EuRail (sp?) pass too....Amtrak to Vancouver, Canadian rail as far East as possible, then fly over to one of the Scandinavian countries and work my way South by rail. Only thing is, while I don't go nuts about my hair and makeup, I do insist on daily showers and clean underwear. That might pose some problems. [Frown]

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Too bad you're not talking about touring Japan, or else some of your problems would be easily solved. [Razz]

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They pay good money for curvy blonds with glasses in Japan? Or they have on-the-street-corner showers and laundromats a la Amsterdam?

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How shall I put this delicately ?

According to some reports, Japan has a thriving market in 'used' female underwear.

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Dude, I was talking about the vending machines that sell clean stuff.

Friggin' ecchi stuff, man...

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what word is "ecchi" supposed to be? "icky"?

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quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
what word is "ecchi" supposed to be? "icky"?

No, it's Japanese.* Pretty close, though. I'll refrain from explaining the meaning. [Smile]

*Coincidence? I think not.

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lol. You're funny


looking. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:

I've taken Go Transit through Toronto a few times.


GO Train... Who the hell gives goats their own mass transit system!!!! [evil] [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Dude, I was talking about the vending machines that sell clean stuff.

Friggin' ecchi stuff, man...

I like my version better [evil]

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