July 23, 2008 Train 1583:
A family with several suitcases boarded the train in New Haven. I helped them lift their luggage into the overhead racks and they thanked me in what I thought was a heavy German accent.
"Are you from Germany?" I asked.
"No, ve're und holiday vrom Austria," they said.
Excited, I began singing "Edelweiss" half expecting them to join me in the chorus.
The family looked at me like I had a third head. The oldest daughter, a Yale Student, stepped forward and explained that Austrians aren't familiar with "The Sound of Music." In fact," she said, "I didn't see the movie till I came to The States."
"Really?" I said. "I thought Edelweiss was the Austrian Danny Boy. You know, one of those nationalistic songs that people sing when they're drunk (whether they know the words or not.)"
They said that one of Von Trapp family members visited Austria recently, and the media made a big deal about it. The excitement was lost on most people though. So few have seen "The Sound of Music."
I guess it's that whole "Nazi" history thing.
08/01/08 Train 1388:
While boarding the train in Grand Central, five mechanics in orange vests walk past me. One of the mechanics asks:
" Where's the lady trapped in the bathroom?"
"What lady trapped in the bathroom?" I answered.
"We got a call that there's a lady trapped in the bathroom."
This was the first I'd heard of it, but I followed the mechanics and we searched all the lavatories. We eventually found a small crowd gathered around the lavatory in the third head car. There we found a woman, dying of embarrassment, trapped in the bathroom. Panicked, she had called 911.
They, in turn, called the railroad.
After a few pushes of the pry bar, the woman was released from her odoriferous prison. If it weren't for cell phones, she might still be there.
08/02/08 Train 6554:
I was standing in the vestibule waiting for the train to stop in Stratford, when an attractive blond woman stood next to me. She looked familiar, but I figured I had just seen her on the train before. Then it dawned on me...
"Maybe that's because I am her." She replied.
Rita couldn't have been nicer. I'm not Anna Nicole Smith's "Baby Daddy"(that I know of!) but she still seemed genuinely interested in me. She even asked my name and where I was from. She told me that she was originally from Greenwich, and that she rides the train on a fairly regular basis.
I asked if she was still on Fox,. "Not anymore," she said. "Now I'm on Inside Edition."
She said she has also been doing a lot of writing lately. I told her that I had a blog and asked if she minded that I mention her. She seemed excited and asked me for my blog address. I was happy to give it to her.
When I become famous, I'll be sure to give her the "Exclusive Details" of my life.