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Small towns are great for a slower pace

"I'm sorry sir, but today your train is a bus."

That's what the station agent told me as I arrived at the train station this morning. Apparently, the train had run into some problems, and would be replaced by bus service back to Chicago. So about 40 of us were packed into a "sardine coach" for the 4 hour trip. Not as nice as train travel, but it beats walking!

Sitting in the station, while waiting for the train (um, I mean BUS), I struck up a conversation with a 72-year old man. He had been a farmer in Central Illinois all of his life, and was headed upstate to see his grandkids graduation. He told me that I look young for my age, "probably because you aren’t married." I responded "Not married, but I've had a Domestic Partner for the past 15 years and HE is the reason that I stay young." I could just see the machinery working inside the old farmer's brain. After a brief pause, he said "Well, I think that's nice. We all need a way to be with the one we love - male or female." And then without skipping a beat, he went on to talk about his recently-deceased wife of 21 years.

Well, how about that. Despite the fact that Illinois lawmakers want to make marriage illegal for people like me and Mano, it seems that the residents of the state have a better sense of fairness. You go, Illinois - and good luck to you as you fight the 'phobes!

Now, a brief nap. Then, off to London!

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