Some of the comments I got from my most recent blog posting really made me think! (If you haven’t read the post entitled Train Trouble for Granny on 50(24), you might want to read it.)
I think we have among train-lovers, just as we do in our society, a pecking order that is based on money. It’s clear to me that some who ride in sleeper cars or business class every time they board a train really believe that many passengers in coach class are borderline criminals and thugs. Others, who have ridden in coach most of their lives, see the coach passengers as people who are ‘more like me” and view the sleeper car crowd as a hoity-toity bunch. Does a love of trains bring these people together? I don’t know.
On my next trip, leaving in only nine days, I’m going to do a little research. I’m going to look for riffraff in the coach seats and try to determine what percentage of those in coach actually fit into that category (by my own standards, of course). On the first and last legs of my trip, I will actually be riding in coach, as I have done for most of my life until recently.
Stay tuned for the riffraff count! I am packing lighter every time I pull away from the station! If I run out of deodorant and clean t-shirts, I may become riffraff in the middle of the trip!
Below are two questions. Why not answer the questions and help me define and count the riffraff?