train rumbles along, its lights flickering yellow on steel tracks laid so long ago no one remembers. Clicketyclack. Clickety-clack. Inside a man hurries through the car. All around him people eat and drink and offer toasts. But he hurries on. Alone. His world a train, his track an endless loop—food in, empty plates out, genuine apologies for the wait. We’re short staffed. Thanks for coming, thanks for understanding. Merry Christmas. Somewhere else, not on this train, not on any train, his own family gathers without him. He is alone in the crowd but still he hurries. Clickety-clack. Clickety-clack. Roger Chang has been the manager of The Orient Express in Vinings since 2000. Though the relentless waves of urban sprawl are slowly eroding Vinings’ subtle features, the area remains, at its heart, a neighborhood tucked into a city.
Cobb Life December 2013
Published on Dec 9, 2013