|photo credit: Jim Epler|
Well, ironically, when this opportunity was 'rolled out' in the current parlance, it was just about the same time that 250 passengers were "stranded without functioning bathrooms and power for more than four hours when their train broke down unexpectedly in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon." according to an article in the Boston Globe.
Hey, this sort of thing happens. Everything breaks. No one died. I'm sure there was discomfort, but four hours? Maybe the word 'stranded' was a bit strong. Did you know that the word stranded originally related to being beached, aground or ashore? Despite popular accepted usage, they weren't exactly in the middle of nowhere. Hey, I could have written about it. Where's your resident now, Amtrak?
Or maybe it's living on islands that makes four hours seem like an annoyance rather than a life changer. Unless, of course, you do die, in which case you don't have a good story to tell later on.
|Or maybe you'd rather see a beautiful apple. The veggie guy not only brings us fruit and veg to add to our pantries, we get art as well.|
|Or a beautiful rooster. This fellow was waiting for me to leave so he could continue to court my egg bearers.|
Maybe we just need a train on Culebra. Think of the potential! Get rid of half the rental beasts...or more (Bermuda doesn't even allow rental cars. BERMUDA!) and those way too big for Culebra taxis. Take people at a lovely leisurely pace to some key spots on the island that they can return to later on their own. The train will always be breaking down, ensuring a steady employment for many fixers, but no one will be stranded because people can either walk back to where they are staying or someone will come by and give them a ride. Think about it. Thank you, Amtrak, for the inspiration.
In the meantime, we can hold contests guessing on which day the yearly hillside fire will occur. A lottery of sorts. As long as it is only this hillside, por favor. Thanks as ever to our wonderful Bomberos for taking care of business. To the uninitiated, this fire might have looked out of control, but it wasn't.
|From a wisp to a whisper to yes, it's on fire.|
|Even with only a bare breath of wind, the ashes covered the town and boat decks. A good rain would be very helpful about now. Rain dance, por favor!|
|Not a good photo, but you can see the backfires that stopped advancement of the flames.|
Have a thankful to be tensionless Thursday. Do something tranquil.