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October 02, 2008 – Comments (6)

So last night I watched the Senate on C-SPAN, hoping to catch the bailout bill debate and vote. (OK I was also hoping for some colorful rhetoric that the news media reported about the House, like that dude who called the bailout bill a cowpie with some marshmallow in the middle.) No such luck. Stodgy Senate, where are the circuses? (Other than all that crazy pork that got added in, some of that was without a doubt circus-like.)

Anyway, they were talking about the bailout... then suddenly as I was half listening and making my dinner I realized they were talking about Amtrak. Then I also realized that if somebody said, "Let's make sure these trains run on time!" I was going to hit the ceiling. (Fortunately, everybody steered clear of any sentence with "train" and "time" as far as I could tell. And leave it to me to make a joke about something nobody actually said!)

I shouldn't joke too much. There was that horrible train accident in California a week or two ago. Then again... gosh, Amtrak's already a government entity, so it doesn't really speak too well of such "enterprises." Meanwhile, the bill was passed. Another $13 billion, I believe -- put it on our tab, eh?! (Sigh.)

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#1) On October 02, 2008 at 6:32 PM, Tastylunch (29.18) wrote:

Just wanted to say I've really enjoyed your articles for the Fool of late.

As far as Amtrak goes with higher oil prices of late it's looking like a better deal all of the time, of course if it were privately held and well run that would be better.Of course it would really be a lot better if it even serviced my city (Columbus Ohio) :-)

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#2) On October 02, 2008 at 6:48 PM, XMFSinchiruna (27.72) wrote:

I'm so glad you're blogging again!  :) 

Ditto to Tasty's comment about enjoying your articles.

It was great to meet you too!  ;)

They're taking away our future... we can't let them take our laughter too.  

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#3) On October 02, 2008 at 6:50 PM, TMFLomax (47.20) wrote:

Hi Tastylunch!

Ah, thank you, thank you. I've managed a few articles even though it's like being stuck in a bizarre, unrelenting vortex of "what-was-that-again" haha. I've enjoyed your postings and comments too! 

Yeah, while they were avoiding any rhetoric involving the "trains running on time" they were mentioning the importance of that mode of transportation given the current high cost of gas etc. So I can totally see why it's looking like a good deal for commuters and travelers (and why it might behoove them get that safety up to snuff).  

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#4) On October 02, 2008 at 6:54 PM, TMFLomax (47.20) wrote:

Haha TMFSinchiruna! LOL, sometimes it's hard to match the name with the face with the writer with the blogger. ;) But I'm getting there! And I'm enjoying your articles too, and yes it was great to meet you too, ha!

Yeah, it's true, maybe soon all we'll have left is our laughter. That's why I can't help laughing about "cowpies with marshmallow" and "wooden arrows for use by children" LOL. It's one way to stay sane! So if I make terrible mean comments or jokes sometimes, it's a way of coping. ;)

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#5) On October 02, 2008 at 11:01 PM, rd80 (98.32) wrote:

I was most impressed with the brilliance of our US Senate in connecting the plight of wooden shafted arrows for children, rum production and film making to our current credit non-crisis. 

I just hope this bill doesn't encourage children to play with arrows after drinking rum.

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#6) On October 03, 2008 at 9:17 AM, TMFLomax (47.20) wrote:

Oh yeah, the rum, hahah... and something about mental health. We may all need a lot of rum and some help with mental health when this is all said and done!

Children playing with arrows after drinking rum, good one! 

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