Sometimes you get snippets of conversations when you are on line in the grocery store or in a restaurant and you wonder what the whole story is behind that snippet that you got. Irma and I like to say that we “make a movie out of it”. This seems to happen a lot on trains as you are always in close proximity to others and there is not as much “white noise” as in a plane
. This couple sitting behind me this morning was chatting as we approached Buffalo and I overheard some of their conversation. I had noticed them during the night sleeping in a tender embrace. So as we are about five minutes from Buffalo she says to him “Well it was nice to meet you” as she is preparing to get off and he is staying on. They chat for a few more minutes about staying in touch and she is taking on the role almost of a counselor. He says he has to start making better decisions and she says you need to introduce the word “no” to your vocabulary and start saying “no” to some things. He agrees. And with that she gets off. So I am figuring maybe he has just gotten released from jail or a treatment program. He is probably very vulnerable right now if that is the case and a good new friend like her could be a good thing for him or he could also get addicted to her and see her as his savior. This happens with people in treatment sometimes. In any event, it was a very touching scene and I wish them well.
It’s nice to be back in New York.
We got into Buffalo on schedule and continued to see lots of vineyards as we approached Buffalo until we hit the suburban areas. We passed the old Buffalo train station. That is a very sad sight. I will post some pics of it. It looks like it was a maginificent structure with an attached office building and maybe 10-12 tracks and boarding gates, but it is abandoned and in complete disrepair. I guess when Buffalo ceased to be an industrial center it didn’t make sense to have to maintain such an enormous building. The new Amtrak station looks like a 7-11 store. That is so sad. And the train had to back out of the station to add insult to injury.