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BB's Tram Story

Hey BB-
Already sent this to you, but I thought people would enjoy
reading it again here too.
BB writes:
Even though we had been to Amsterdam three times, it took
until the last day of the 3rd trip to understand how the Tram
Driver knows everyone is on board.
In US cities, the drivers/conductors will (usually) keep
an eye on the doors to make sure that everyone is on board before
departing. In Amsterdam, the Dutch have come up with a more fool-proof
way, build a switch into the bottom step of each doorway. When
the step is depressed, the circut is broken and the doors cannot
close, when the bottom step is vacated, the circut is restored
and the door can close.
Now, I will admit we were violating "Jim's First Rule
of European Travel" - Pack Light, we had two duffel bags,
and two suitcases packed full. So the 24 Tram pulls up on Vijzelstraat,
the doors open & I start throwing bags into the back of the
tram. Everyone else gets on the tram, as I am about to throw
the last bag on, the doors close and the tram begins to pull
away. I was stunned. My fiancee started to run after the tram,
I stood there, destroyed. Luckily, a nice Dutchman on the tram
got the driver to stop after about 200 feet. We got on board,
apologized up and down to everyone we could for being the ugly
Americans we were, thanked the nice guy who, seeing we were still
in shock, then took our Strippenkaarts and stamped our tickets
in the box for us. The rest of the trip home was uneventful.
So remember to keep a foot on the bottom stair if you are going
to load your gear onto a tram, or you will find it zooming away
from you. I still feel like as ass.

Jim, Thanks, my wife was PO'd that I had accidently deleted it before she got to read it. I'll talk to you later, BB
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