It’s a beautiful day today in the land where Walt built his first kingdom. There were pancakes, the paper, and a very good dog making the morning very nice and very easy.
While I have quite a bit to do today (there are still some scripts to be read, paperwork to fill out, and contracts to finish) Rene and I had planned a quick jaunt to San Diego to see her friend’s band at the Sicilian Festival. We thought we could take the train so that we would avoid traffic, be able to drink a bit and it drops us off practically door to door! It seemed like the perfect plan – until we saw what Amtrak charges for a trip into Old Town. It would have cost us $88 round trip for two for coach, unreserved seats! That’s insane! I have gotten tickets that took me from London to Scotland that didn’t cost as much! Hell, I expect to spend money like that for Japanese bullet trains, but a coach ticket to San Diego?
Maybe I have a skewed view of how trains work, I still see them as a form of mass transit even over longer distances, and would hope that the cost would at least be comparable to what it would cost to drive yourself. I even expect to spend a bit more for the convenience of not having to drive but $88 exceeded what I am willing to plop down for a pair of seats.
Am I wrong? What’s your opinion?
See you tomorrow!
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