One-Liner Wednesday – Gotcha

“You looked like the kind of guy that wouldn’t mind…”

One Liner WednesdayLast week, I was attending a meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland. I took an AMTRAK Northeast Regional train to Washington Union Station and then took a Metro Red Line train to Silver Spring. This could not have been easier. Thursday morning, I walked from my hotel to the train station transportation center. Much busier at 6:30 am than in the afternoon when I had arrived. Lots of buses, signs to all kinds of trains, but no signs for the Metro, that I could see. I spied a security guard:

I’m trying to find the Red Line train.”

Red Line?

Metro, the Red Line train. I’m going to Union Station.”

You sure it stops here?

I got off here on Monday.”

This station?


I’m just pulling your leg. It’s right up there on your left. You walked right by it on your way here.”

We both busted out laughing. After we finished laughing and I finished shaking my head, he said I looked like the kind of guy who wouldn’t mind. I kinda like that.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday.


    1. The guy played it very well, Norm. When I answered his last question, there was a sense of urgency and frustration in my voice. One more round, and I might have lost it, but the combination of relief and disbelief just made me laugh.

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    1. Thanks Mary. Union Station is really beautiful. They did a lot of restoration work during the past two years. I didn’t notice any scaffolding this time, so maybe they’re done. I could spend an entire day there with my camera.

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  1. Nothing like a belly laugh to break the tension, Dan. I’d say that man was an Angel in disguise just waiting for you. Ya never know … Great shots by the way! I take it you like pretzels. Warm pretzels dipped in cheese …. mmmmm …. :) <3

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  2. Ha, you do look like that kind of guy, Dan. Glad you had a nice visit! Union Station is really nice. It’s easy for us natives to take it for granted, I know. And yes, it’s hard to resist the pull of Auntie Anne’s …

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    1. Thanks Paul. I think I like looking like that kind of guy. I do appreciate a good joke and the occasional pun from, ahem, certain readers.

      I think the only Auntie Anne’s I’ve been able to walk by is the second one I pass at BWI…and that’s hard!

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    1. Thanks John. I’m just glad there wasn’t a BBQ or Hot Sausage Grinder stand open at 6:30 am. I’d be in trouble! I’m sure that guy had a funny story to tell at dinner, or over a beer with his buddies after work. He earned it.

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    1. I guess he could have gotten in trouble if I didn’t have a sense of humor, but who wants to start the day angry? I thought about that good laugh, off and on, all the way home. I had a crummy encounter with an elderly couple on the train (maybe next week’s #1linerWeds) and I was comparing them to this guy and this guy was definitely coming out on top.

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  3. That’s funny!!! :D Good thing you’re a morning person, too — I might have cried, lol!

    I like Auntie Anne’s, but I prefer Wetzel’s Pretzels.
    Also, while my friend and I were at the Auntie Anne’s on Saturday, I got the last pretzel. The pretzel place ran out of pretzels at 4 o’clock on a Saturday, Dan. :(

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    1. Ran out at 4:00 — oh no’s – they can’t do that. I’ve never had a Wetzel’s Pretzel. Is that a midwest thing?

      I’m pretty sure that guy would have just given you directions. I don’t think he would have risked making you cry.

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    1. Thanks Kirt. I could spend an entire day at Union Station. I have tons of photos from various trips, but there’s so many details, it’s hard to capture. They guy played that very well. He knew exactly when to give it up too.

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  4. I think I’d also take it as a compliment, but you’d have to be very careful whom you tried that on, especially in the morning! On a side note, I wonder how many Union Stations there are in the US. We have one in Chicago, so when someone says they were there, I always first think they were in Chicago.


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    1. This guy had a good eye, I guess. I’ve been to Union Station in New Haven, Chicago, Dallas, Washington and I know there are quite a few more. Joey did a Thursday Doors post on one in Indianapolis, and Joanne mentioned one in Toronto! There are also a bunch of Penn Stations.


    1. I am. I don’t mind. Didn’t someone recently say that it’s important to be able to laugh at ourselves? He played this so well. He got me good and it was just about the best thing that happened that entire trip.


  5. Oohh, I would have thought for a nano second I’d entered the Twilight Zone! :)

    Union Station does look like a beautiful station thanks for sharing.

    We used to have a Pretzel Time which we really liked, but when Aunt Annie’s came in Pretzel Time folded. I’m wanting a fresh, warm, soft pretzel now. :)

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    1. My morning did feel a little Zone-like, Deborah. I had gotten off the train there. I had walked back to a coffee shop across the street Tuesday morning and I had seen the station. All the pieces were in place, I just couldn’t figure it out.

      I love Union Station. I have to dig out some other photos that I have. Maybe for Train Day 2017.

      I could always go for a hot soft pretzel :)

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  6. Aww, Dan! That is surely a nice man who shared his sense of humor and didn’t leave you wondering or “hanging out to dry, too long!” :D You do seem like “the kind of guy” who will respond to a joke at your own expense.

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  7. Loved the Union Station. It’s certainly very unique and beautiful. The pictures are super and I was excited to see Discovery building. Discovery channel is one of my favorite ones. I also love PBS documentaries. I loved the train status board. We don’t have that here. We get to know only the next 4 trains arriving/departing at a time. Fortunately we have an Android/iOS app that’s brilliantly designed to provide comprehensive list and details. A must-have for travel in Mumbai.

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    1. Thanks. I’m going to have to dig out a bunch of other photos I have of Union Station. It really is beautiful. Other stations have the big boards on the wall. I’m not sure if there is one of those at Union Station. There is an AMTRAK app, but the boards are usually updated faster.


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