Not sleepy peepee girl

Trip Start Oct 13, 2006
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Trip End Oct 16, 2006


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Monday, October 16, 2006

I guess they tried to keep it quiet, the passengers that boarded in the night, or left. But still there was commotion going on, excitement for the journeys end, or better yet, just starting out. The little kids that talked. Mommy look at me! I'm standing up! I need to peepee now! I want grandma take me potty NOW! Grandma sighed, and stood and took that little hand. My battery is gone, another said, and eased across the aisle to chat with Laptop Guy in front of me. Battery borrowing! How gauche. He lent her one though, she was kinda cute. Cell phone conversations. Those cursed things! I'm on the train. It's 5 AM. I'll meet you there. And on and on, no Plato stuff, more Pluto style.

It's getting light, so I push Andrew's shoulder now. Let's go get eggs, I say, or pancakes and chocolate milk. I want breakfast in the dining car. He looks at me but there is groggy in his eyes. Come on, I state enthusiastically. We're almost home!

They seat us right away. A table to ourselves. Full daylight now, I recognize my favorite mountain range. We're in the Cascades Andrew, look down! A trestle, deep ravine below, don't step off now I urge. We slow a bit, it's steep, and there are curves, with firs so tall it's almost dark again. I order eggs and toast.

Across the aisle, four people live it up. They've bought some real estate, are bragging still about their deal. Andrew pours more syrup, it oozes round a pancake big enough for two. He piddles with his food, more interested in building dams than eating carbs. You got to finish quick! Our waitperson hovers right beside, a mean-eyed look directed at the piddled plate. I got to have this kitchen clean before we get back home, she said. You got to eat fast now.

I'm done. Andrew looked at me, and not at her. Oh shoot, I missed a landmark I was watching for. I looked her way as we went past Skykomish Bridge. We'll hurry, I promised, wanting to linger simply for the picture window view of favorite sites.

Back in our seats, we speed across the valley, the fields are broad, here's Everett again, and now we're going south. Puget Sound is on our right, beloved water scenes, we're moving fast, and ready to get home, to see the cats, to stand on solid ground.

The little girl across the aisle demands to peepee once again.
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