Needless to say, there was quite a contrast between the almost-empty train station at Lamy and crowded Union Station in Chicago. The surprising thing was how friendly the Amtrak people were at both places. Instead of just dropping us off at the station coming back, Kaitlin and Torben came in with us, carrying our bags. The sign to our waiting room said, “Ticketed passengers only beyond this point,” but Kaitlin explained to the fellow at the desk that they were just coming in to get us settled. It was fine with him.
He gave Andy a boarding pass and said if we left the waiting room be sure to take it with us, we would need it to get back in. Andy must have looked hesitant, because Kaitlin said, “Just don’t go out.” The fellow agreed, “Just don’t go out.” He seemed relieved to know that this elderly couple wouldn’t wander out, forget where they were, and miss their train.
Andy and I still think of ourselves as reasonably competent. Clearly not everyone agrees with our assessment.