Veteran’s Day and Amtrak Select

I found out that I get Veteran’s Day off this year and seeing as how that gives me a long weekend, I was considering my options. I logged onto Amtrak to check some schedule information, and when I logged into my Guest Rewards account, I found out that I have qualified for their Guest Rewards “Select” status (essntially the equivalent of United’s Premier status) because I have travelled enough on the Acela this year (I’ve made 5 or 6 roundtrips from here to NYC).

It hasn’t helped me decide how I want to spend the long weekend (although I ruled out another trip to L.A.–the airfare was too expensive). Of course, I could just stay home, but I like taking advantage of these long weekends. I need to think about it some more.


My work day is over but I’m not supposed to meet AJ and Denisse for drinks until 7 PM, so I have a few hours to kill. I’m going to read Lunar Prospector for a while, I guess. I’m supposed to meet them (and some of their friends) at Buffalo Billiards which is on the south end of Dupont Circle. So it’ll take me a little while to get there on the train from here at the office. It’s a good thing I left my umbrela here because it’s raining out and I have a short walk from the metro to the bar.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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