Nigel Rowe my history buff friend in Chicago, (who could be a wonderful tour guide for select groups), tells me btw that Galesburg, Illinois is going to be the site of the new railway museum. The station itself is gorgeous, vintage, worth a visit.
O an' Dana if you see this, they take your ticket on the platform when you get on the train, for future reference. Hope you do make that trip to this city some time, it's a toddle. Be good practise for you then travelling over to see me in NZ, (which is almost nothing like Chicago at all, ha).
Galesburg Railway Station Blues
by Dana Williams and Raewyn Alexander
One more hour til the blessed train
Air conditioning's hummin' a drone
But we're not goin' nowhere yet
Thought we'd be wise to get there early
Then writers' block kicked in to the story
So we can't imagine or create a fun disaster
To make the time go faster
That blasted train to Chicago better glide in soon
Or we'll need more than sticking plaster
For this injury to our dignity
Here in a place we could get pernickity
us world travellers gotta move on
Get rid of these Galesburg
We were not really annoyed but it was a fine way to spend the extra time, partly, doin' a bit a writin'. We sat in the sun too for a while. I found Nabokov's Ada on the 'take a book, leave a book' shelf, (brilliant), read some of that aloud, then I read aloud some of Dana's book and she laughed at my silly voices. I admired the oak pew-like (but sooo comfy) purpose-built seats there. The floor was paved with red brick.
Oddly enough, later on some dogs arrived with po lice and well, I did wonder if they thought we were y'know doing something we should not, all the giggling and so on. Now, I want all of you to know I am naturally insane this is not a substance-induced behaviour, *smiles*
An eagle circled the sky before we left and it reminded me some are keeping an eagle-eye on me, in the best possible ways. x