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Just One Of My Morning Train Journeys

Austin, Texas to Chicago, Illinois

A man gets on the train at 5AM.

He’s drunk.

He’s loud.

He can’t sleep. In fact, he hasn’t slept in days.

He looks down at my sleeping body and wakes me up to say, “Hey, Girl. What’s up?”

I mumble that I’m sleeping, and he takes the cue to leave me alone. For now.

As I drift in and out of sleep, I can hear him telling his buddy that he doesn’t trust anyone.

No one came to see him while he was in prison.

He has a gun, and he’s not afraid to use it.

My imagination runs wild as to what this drunk, beligerant passenger will do, but he mostly doses in and out of consciousness, occassionally saying a crude remark about a female who walks by his seat or telling his buddy that he loves him like a brother.

When his buddy gets off the train, he turns to me to share his slurred, drunken life.

He tells me that he’s traveling to Seattle to see the daughters he abandoned over 20 years ago. He tells me that the mother of his children is in an unhappy marriage, but he doesn’t want to get involved. He tells me that he had to shoot women and children in South America for the U.S. Army. He tells me that he works for Veteran’s Affairs, that he travels to different hospitals trying to uplift vets. He tells me that the men and women who fought for our country get no respect.

He cries and cries. When he wipes his tears away, he reveals a rubber bracelet with the phone number to the Suicide Prevention Hotline.

He doesn’t bring up about being in prison, and I think that maybe I misheard him when he was talking to his buddy.

Because he is so unbelievably inebriated, he repeats himself. A lot. He tells me that I have to share the story about the horrible things that the U.S. Government is doing, but he’s afraid I will be killed. Sometimes he whispers, making gestures towards the young soldier in uniform sitting two rows in front of us. Sometimes he just stares at me with wild, animal-like eyes, waiting for me to affirm everything he is saying.

When I mention that I would like to go to the observation car to get some work done, he asks if he can join me. And because I’m a pushover, I say yes.

I watch as he buys a beer in the train cafe at 9AM, and I make a gesture to the attendant that he’s drunk. She tells me to run.

I politely tell him that I will see him later, and since he sits right in front of me in coach, that is the truth.

Later, I overhear him in the observation car telling another person that he just met a journalist from New York and that he’s working on a big, important story with her. Though only 53, he looks 15 years older, and has a voice made of pure whiskey.

As he stumble-exits the train hours later, he reminds me to share the story of what the U.S. Government does to veterans, and that if I do, the story will be big.

I couldn’t promise him a groundbreaking article in the New York Times, but this is the best I can do. And though it’s not the expose he was hoping for, it is an example of what can often happen to the hard-working individuals who sacrifice so much for this country. That’s of course if what he told me is true. Alcohol can make all stories dubious.

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Lauren Modery
Medium member since Mar 2018

Freelance writer in Austin

Diary of a Train Traveler

For the past three years, I’ve only traveled long distance by train. Traveling by train has given me incalculable experiences and interactions, all in which I’m grateful for both as a human and as a human and as a writer.

 
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“Sara Bareilles – Love Song”

“Love Song” is American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ debut single, released in June 2007 via Epic Records from her major-label debut album, Little Voice (2007). It was nominated for 2009 Grammy Awards in the categories Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
It remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 41 weeks.[1] It also spent many weeks atop the Hot Adult Pop Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, ending up #1 at the year-end tally of both charts. Many consider it her breakout song due to it being her first hit and selling more than any other song by Bareilles.

Inspiration
 

Speaking of the song’s origin, Bareilles said of her label, “They had encouraged me to keep writing, and I just wasn’t having any luck. …I started to get really insecure about it, and then I got really pissed off at myself for caring what anybody thought. … I went to a rehearsal space one day. I sat down and wrote something for me. And ‘Love Song’ basically wrote itself. It’s totally honest, and I’m very lucky the label liked it as well.”[2]
Later in 2011, she explained: “It was actually written for my record label. I had been turning in new music. I was getting the red light. I couldn’t go into the studio yet because they were waiting for something. But I wouldn’t … nobody said what they were waiting for. So I kept turning in new songs, thinking like, ‘Is this what you want? Is this what you want?’ And it was always a big thumbs down, and I ended up writing ‘Love Song’ out of frustration.”[3] In 2014, she stated it was “very tongue-in-cheek” and “nasty in a passive-aggressive way,” confirming it was a response to the record label pressuring her to make safe, “radio friendly” songs.[4]
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Isn’t Love Always “Red-dee”?

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Remembering where we have been and our experiences as a nation

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Dream On Aerosmith

Dream On Aerosmith

Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as “the Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock,[9][10] has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They were formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/pianist/harmonicist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.

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As featured on The Very Best Of Aerosmith.

Lyrics:

Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way
Everybody’s got their dues in life to pay

Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dream comes true
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dream comes through
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream On Dream On
Dream On Dream On, ….

 
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 “Wicked Game” 

 “Wicked Game” 

I Wanna Fall in Love” is a song written by Buddy Brock and Mark Spiro, and recorded by American country music artist Lila McCann. It was released in September 1997 as the second single from her debut album Lila. The song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in February 1998[1] and number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

 
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“Maybe”… Baby

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Maybe” is a song with words and music originally credited to End Records owner George Goldner and “Casey”. The co-writing credit was later transferred to Richard Barrett. Arlene Smith, lead singer of The Chantels, is believed to be an uncredited co-writer.[citation needed] It was first recorded by the Chantels on October 16, 1957, in a doo-wopstyle with Barrett playing piano, and released in December 1957. It climbed the charts in January 1958, reaching No. 15 in the BillboardHot 100 and No. 2 in the Billboard R&B chart. It was subsequently described as “arguably, the first true glimmering of the girl groupsound”. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 199 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song has been covered by many artists, including Janis Joplin, The Three Degrees(whose 1970 version became a top thirty hit) and The Shangri-Las. John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has performed the song in concert, as seen on Live at Slane Castle.

The song made an appearance in the 2010 video game Mafia II, even though the game takes place in 1951 and the song was recorded in 1957.

Billboard named the song No. 60 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.

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“How To Make Cheese Empanadas” 

Makes: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 Cups Crumbled or shredded cheese (use mozzarella if you can not get a good fresh cheese)

1/2 White onion, finely chopped
1 Egg, yolk and egg white separated, lightly beaten
2-3 Demerara sugar (type of sugar that keeps its crystallized form in the oven)
For the mass
1 package 16 units TAPAMAR

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix the cheese and the chopped onion

To form the empanadas put a tablespoon of the mixture of cheese and onion in the center of the empanadas tapas.
Using a pastry brush, spray the edges of the lids with the egg white (this will help seal the patties to prevent the cheese from spilling when they are baking).
Fold the lids and seal the edges using a fork.
Paint the top of the empanadas with the egg yolk, this will give them a nice golden color when they are baked.
Sprinkle the sugar on top of the empanadas.
Refrigerate the empanadas for at least a half hour, this will help to seal them correctly.
Preheat the oven to 400 F and bake the empanadas for 20-25 minutes or until they begin to brown.
Serve hot empanadas.

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