Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

This post is for my dear, long-suffering brother.

I arrived in Rensselar, NY – just across the river from Albany – a little after 7:00 PM. The shuttle van from the Best Western – Airport arrived in short order and I was soon on my way to reunite with auld friends, an Angus burger, a not-so-wee dram of Glenlivet, and a soft bed on which to rest my weary head. Needless to say, the Glenlivet was a proper dram  and it soon directed me to my room in order to submit this one last post for July 12, 2012.

Just after leaving the Amtrak station, the shuttle van wound up behind a car bearing three decals on the rear. These decals were for:

1. The New York Yankees – (My wife would be right chuffed!)

2. Oswego State University – (This is New York, after all)

3. The Virginia Tech Hokies – (My brother bleeds burnt orange & Chicago maroon for his Alma Mater!)

This just goes to prove that no matter where you go, there you are.

Let’s Go Hokies!

Penn Station is a madhouse this time of day. Plenty of people dashing about; Most of them going in one direction and looking in another.

Not much time between trains here. Just enough to ave a Nathan’s hot dog & some fries. I’ll have more time between trains when I return on Sun. Plenty of time to sample exotic foods like Dunkin’ Doughnuts, etc.

The train pulled out 2 min late. This is my favouite part of the trip; Rolling up the Hudson enroute to Albany. Unfortunately, my Flip video recorder is packed in my bag. Will have it handy on the way back. The light should be better then, anyway.

Nothing to do now but sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Oh yeah, add strangling the loud mouth across the aisle to that list.

On my way North via Amtrak. My brother Jim was returning from NYC & we were in the same station @ the same time but he couldn’t get down to my platform.We’re just 2 trains that passed in the night.

Waiting to finish switching engines so we can get rolling again. I want to hit the Cafe’ Car as soon as I can.Breakfast was a good while ago.

More from NYC in about 3.5 hours.

I will be blogging on the road today thru Sunday as I attend what is likely to be the last reunion of the 290th Combat Engineers in Albany, NY. This World War II Veterans group was founded – in part – by my late father and I can still remember the early planning and organisational meetings. These yearly gatherings have been taking place for over five decades and the ranks have thinned over time; alarmingly so in recent years.

So, before lights out, there will be this one last muster. My father traveled to the early reunions by train and it is only appropriate that I travel – in his place – to this one via Amtrak.

If your old soldier has faded away, why not consider doing something for the ones still in uniform. Become a Soldier’s Angel by visiting www.soldiersangels.org to learn more.

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