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Be prepared: It ain't just for Scouts anymore

I am planning a train trip to North Dakota and — as hard as it is for me to contemplate going to an exotic foreign country without my husband, my dog and that herd of four-legged free-loaders — it's the thought of traveling by public transportation that is really disturbing me.

You've read the headlines. You know what happens when a bunch of strangers are crammed together in a vehicle of mass conveyance. Mental switches that are better left in their upright and locked position are flipped on anyway and, all of a sudden, people who were otherwise cleared for take-off are in need of assis...


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