Thursday, December 30, 2010

An expression of joy

A friend just posted this poem by the great Sufi saint Hafiz:
I am happy even before I have a reason.

I am full of light even before the sky can greet the sun or the moon.

Dear companions, we have been in love with God for so very, very, long. What can Hafiz now do but forever dance!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wow, taking the train rocks

This Christmas we decided to take the train to my Mom's place in New Mexico rather than fly.  What a wonderful experience.

For the same cost of a flight, we got first class service on the Southwest Chief from Los Angeles to Albuquerque.

Someone gave us and our luggage a ride to checkin and then another ride straight to our car on the train. We had a porter who turned down our beds at night and made them back into chairs in the morning.  Free meals, coffee, paper, juice.  Hot steaming washcloths to refresh your face, and hot showers with towels and soap provided.  Serious leg room, quiet quiet cars, an observation car to hang out in, and incredible, gorgeous views.  I mean, incredible, gorgeous views.

Quiet, relaxing, the kids were happy, we were happy, and arrived in Albuquerque refreshed and relaxed.

Then I think about airplanes.  Long lines, zero leg room, security checks, kids are not allowed to move around and have nothing to do.

I'm telling you, trains are the hidden secret of travel.  I highly recommend it.