Picking up friends at the airport prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and hearing how miserable their flights had been reminded me of how different our holiday travels would be if there was such a thing as high-speed rail here in the U.S.
In our book, Fast Trains, I wrote one lighthearted story about having a “seatmate from hell” named Tex Tallman. Coincidentally, or not, both of my guests had experienced a Tex Tallman “moment” on their flights.
On one, a lady pitched a fit when the crew member asked that her super-sized Louis Vuitton bag be stored below because it was not going to fit in the crowded overhead compartment. Aghast, the women began screaming. “No you can’t have it! THAT is a $3,000 bag!” She might as well have added, “You peon servants wouldn’t know a Louis Vuitton from a potato sack!” A somewhat comical struggle ensued which…
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