Monday, December 09, 2013


(h/t Heather at Crooks and Liars for the video.)

From the Amtrak brochure:
Exclusive Access to ClubAcela

Acela First Class service starts with access to ClubAcela in several northeast major stations - Boston South Station, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station and Washington, DC Union Station with Wi-Fi® available. There, you can access your e-mail, conduct a meeting in the conference room, or simply relax and enjoy a complimentary snack. ClubAcela attendants are available to offer assistance and to direct you to your train. Visit Station Lounges for more details about ClubAcela.
Illinois has the 3rd largest city in the American Empire.  As my wife points out here, Illinois' pension woes have been mentioned in the New York Times no fewer than 2.000 time in the last year.  And yet it is still considered such a hick flyover afterthought by our coastal elites that none of them can remember anything that happens here except the 1985 Bears, the 1990s Bulls and Al Capone Bang!Bang!

For the most part, people like us are simply not part of their America.


Mr. Bob said...

I had a friend in Maryland who thought Denver was a suburb of Chicago.

Blotz said...

Heck I live in Cincinnati, Queen City of the West back when Chicago was just a collection of mud huts clinging to shores of Lake Michigan. The only time we get noticed is when Pete Rose says something stupid.

Horace Boothroyd III said...

Al Capone. What's he up to these days? Now that Whitey Bulger has been nicked, he must be crapping in his pantaloons.

Unsalted Sinner said...

To be fair, I think it's entirely possible that they were stumped because they had so many mismanaged states to choose from.

Anonymous said...

I know from my undergrad days that many on the East Coast are unaware that there are two Dakotas. And I suppose people from New Mexico get tired of explaining that it is part of the United States.

Anonymous said...

I think The New Yorker summarized it well:

Tengrain said...

Well, Woody Allen explained California to Manhattan: first you mellow, then spoil and rot.

So, we got that going for us.



n1ck said...

Heya Blotz!

I'm a Cincinnati native who has expatriated behind enemy lines to Atlanta.

How's the weather? How I don't miss snow and winter proper.