by Josh Cohen
Life changes. There have been times I commuted from Oakland to San Jose daily on Amtrak and so enjoyed the scenery that the work I had brought aboard for the 45 minute trip went undone. Other times, I'd used the commute to make phone calls, and work or read. I cannot recall an unpleasant trip (except that rare exception when the train was not running).
Since I no longer work in the South Bay, I look for opportunities to take the train to Truckee or San Luis Obispo to visit friends. Consistently, one of the best parts of these trips is the ride to and from.