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[ Action characterized by this quality (kusala-kamma) is bound to result (eventually) in happiness and a favorable outcome. ]


2006-07-13 - 2:38 p.m.


That's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (in case you didn't know).

Reading a recent entry on We, Like Sheep, I was reminded of how much I've enjoyed reading the station names on several trips back east in the past couple of years, during which I've taken the SEPTA link from Philadelphia International Airport up to West Trenton:

  • Market East
  • Wayne Junction
  • Fern Rock
  • Elkins Park
  • Jenkintown-Wyncote
  • Noble
  • Rydal
  • Meadowbrook
  • Bethayres
  • Philmont
  • Forest Hills
  • Somerton
  • Trevose
  • Neshaminy Falls
  • Langhorne
  • Woodbourne
  • Yardley
  • West Trenton

    Of course, a bit of this route passes through the incredibly blighted area of "Northeast Philly" (or just "the Northeast"), which I like to imagine resembles the English postindustrial squalor that might be found in not-yet-gentrified parts of Birmingham or Manchester. Really.

    Much of the route, though, toward Langhorne and Yardley, is quite idyllic, especially when the woods and fields are green and lush. And the view crossing the Delaware, although brief, is always wonderful.

    The station and place names, the urban blight, and the green landscape are a few among many things that remind me so vividly of our English heritage when I'm on the east coast.

    It would be nice to be there this summer.

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