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“For our one year anniversary, my boyfriend Justin
surprised me with a train trip from San Antonio to Fort
Worth. He knew distinctly my love for locomotives. There
is nothing quite like a train – that mournful sound
as it chugs by you in the night, the lonely cry of its horn.
Despite these melancholy associations, trains speak to me
also of adventure, of time spent traveling around Europe
a year ago, struggling from city to city with no agenda
or prior plans – no safe warm place, no bed –
but you could count on a train seat, or bench if you were
lucky, or even a couchette if you paid the reserve fee in
time. Yes, there is nothing like a train, and here in America
they are definitely not commonplace.
I anticipated the romance of the situation. It would be
better because it was an American service, no doubt. I looked
forward to the intimacy of the dining car table –
the two of us huddling over a bottle of wine and a warm
meal, scenery passing by in the night, dimly illuminated
by the glow of the moon. There could have been no better
And Fort Worth was the perfect destination. I had been
there one year prior, and each weekend he’d found
some way to make the trek from San Antonio to the DFW area
to visit me. I’d been involved in training then, for
a different job. I’d known Justin for a mere two months,
but we easily and miraculously found inspiration for life
and the world ignited when we were together.
So it was with this trip by rail, he gave me the best anniversary
present I could receive…”
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