a (short) race against the clock...

a (short) race against the clock...

Post by nina stoessinge » Sun, 06 Apr 2003 01:31:57


this story is too good to not tell. & yes, it does include running. :)

so a friend of mine was staying over for a couple of days. this afternoon after
school, she left for the station with a gazillion bags. really - i was amazed she
could walk. :)

after she was out the door, i got myself ready for a nice afternoon run. sat there
eating a banana and was just going to put on my running shoes when i realized
she'd left one of her bags. OH NO! i thought. checked the watch: 3:49 pm. i knew
her train would leave some time around 4pm. the station's just about a mile from
my home.

i knew i was being silly, but i took off and ran down there like i was about to
smash some sorta record (boy, i felt like i was about to die of asphyxiation, or
however you spell that), and i got to the station at exactly 3:58. well. as i got
there i heard something on the loudspeakers about a train to leipzig leaving from
track 5. so i got to track 5 but that train was going somewhere else. puzzled, i
checked the departures schedule and it said: leipzig, 4:04, track 12. that's the
other end of the station but good god, i had 5 entire minutes! so i got on track
12 and jogged the length of the train. checked every wagon. my friend wasn't in
it.

some station attendant was standing around and i asked him if there was, by any
chance, a second train to leipzig, and he squinted at something just outside the
station and said, "yes, there it goes."
it had left at 3:59.

i still felt triumphant because i tried, and because i did, technically, make the
run in time (honestly, i hadn't thought i could make it). but i stopped feeling
great when i heard that my friend realized about the bag before she got on the
train, and was back at my place trying to get it when i was at the station. :)))

well, she's coming to pick it up right now. so there is a happy ending, even.

cheers,
nina

 
 
 

a (short) race against the clock...

Post by Ed Procha » Mon, 07 Apr 2003 08:36:36

Quote:

> this story is too good to not tell. & yes, it does include running. :)

> so a friend of mine was staying over for a couple of days. this afternoon after
> school, she left for the station with a gazillion bags. really - i was amazed she
> could walk. :)

> after she was out the door, i got myself ready for a nice afternoon run. sat there
> eating a banana and was just going to put on my running shoes when i realized
> she'd left one of her bags. OH NO! i thought. checked the watch: 3:49 pm. i knew
> her train would leave some time around 4pm. the station's just about a mile from
> my home.

> i knew i was being silly, but i took off and ran down there like i was about to
> smash some sorta record (boy, i felt like i was about to die of asphyxiation, or
> however you spell that), and i got to the station at exactly 3:58. well. as i got
> there i heard something on the loudspeakers about a train to leipzig leaving from
> track 5. so i got to track 5 but that train was going somewhere else. puzzled, i
> checked the departures schedule and it said: leipzig, 4:04, track 12. that's the
> other end of the station but good god, i had 5 entire minutes! so i got on track
> 12 and jogged the length of the train. checked every wagon. my friend wasn't in
> it.

> some station attendant was standing around and i asked him if there was, by any
> chance, a second train to leipzig, and he squinted at something just outside the
> station and said, "yes, there it goes."
> it had left at 3:59.

> i still felt triumphant because i tried, and because i did, technically, make the
> run in time (honestly, i hadn't thought i could make it). but i stopped feeling
> great when i heard that my friend realized about the bag before she got on the
> train, and was back at my place trying to get it when i was at the station. :)))

> well, she's coming to pick it up right now. so there is a happy ending, even.

> cheers,
> nina

WOW. Interesting story. Two trains passing in the night.

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