Laurier Station – Canada

September 9, 2010

I didn’t quite make it to Quebec.

By the time I got close, it was getting dark, I was tired, and there was a huge storm cloud looming ahead.

So I pulled over and stayed at a motel about 20 miles out of town.

I had enough veggies for 3 salads, so I chopped them all, made one salad, and put the rest in a baggie in the motel refrigerator, telling myself that I better not forget them there.

(I did forget them there, by the way.)

The motel seemed a bit overpriced given its distance from the city and the fact that it had a truck-stop feel to it. But I didn’t regret my choice until I realized that the place was adjacent to train tracks, with freight trains going by every hour or so.

Pulling over early to get some extra sleep wasn’t looking like such a good idea after all.

But then I had a brilliant idea. Before going to bed, I turned my iPhone’s WhiteNoise app to the setting which simulates the sound of a train. This way when a real train went by, it wouldn’t wake me up.

You just have to be smarter than the object you’re up against.

It worked like a charm, and it wasn’t till morning that I woke up to the sound of a train going by. The train kept going as I slowly woke up to its sound.

And going.

And going.

“Wow, this is a really long train,” I thought.

Idiot.

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