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2007-09-03 - 9:51 a.m.

The shore was great, perfect weather, good swimmin', good family time.

But my favorite part of the trip was the actual travel part. I love trains, and I rarely take them (besides subways).

Train travel is relaxing, and there is something about it that inspires reflection. On a plane, travelers are shielded from the reality of distance, space, time, and are treated like guests. On a train, nobody's special, and the fact of geography never lets up. You get tantalizing glimpses of all the places you've chosen not to go: Perth Amboy. Matawan. Elberon!

I bought the Trentonian in Asbury Park, for the crossword puzzle, but was rewarded with the big cover story:


"...two firefighters enjoying a day of fishing landed a disturbing prize--a human head in a floating bag..."

Today's follow-up story refers to it as a "floating noggin."

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