While waiting to board the train in Chicago, I was sitting at a table hovering over my lap top. A man asked if he could join me at the table. It appeared that where I was sitting put me in a position where I was cornering the market on coveted outlets. He joined me at the table. As it turned out, Jared is a Master Sign Language Interpreter. He has been signing for every 30 years. As I had studied ASL for 3 years, I was fascinated w/his profession & his stories. We've become Facebook friends, and I look forward to one day sipping with him at a wine bar he mentioned in St. Louis.
Nick & Sylvia Milwaukee
When you take the train across the country, you are seated in the dining car with people who are perfect strangers. It's a neat way to meet new people over a meal. One lovely couple I met was Nick and Sylvia. Nick studied Latin extensively at the University of California, but then he changed directions and got his law degree. However, he shifted his course once again and became a manuscript editor. Sylvia was a substitute teacher for some time, but before that she was a belly dancer. The two of them were on their way to LA for an old school radio show convention.
Another introduction made during a dining session was with a gentleman named John. Until only very recently (when I had a conversation with an editor in LA whose entertainment value I'm enamored with), I have never laughed so much at the dinner table as I did that evening with John and the two other gents that we sat with. It seemed that no topic was left untouched, as we shared stories about nearly anything and everything there is to talk about. Disclaimer: I noted above that John is from Atlanta. I don't know that I got that right. (John, if you read this, please let me know. I can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Writer & Director I was sitting in the observation car, when I a guy took the seat next to me. Not sure how the conversation started, but it didn't stop anytime soon. We spoke of our pasts and spoke of plans for the future. He inspired me, and I tried to reciprocate as best as I could. He's one of those special people that you can't help but love almost immediately.
I never had a brother, but I felt like I had 2 by the time we stepped off the train, when we arrived in LA & spent the day together.
Musician When the train made a stop in Albuquerque, I stepped off to stretch & so did Rodel who introduced me to a guy that sat next to him on the train. His name was Ron. From the moment on, the three of us were inseparable. Conversation came naturally, as we shared music, wine & stories. I consider them both 'brothers from other mothers'.