I just got back home via Amtrak, but had something happen that I haven't seen discussed before. We were waiting in one of the patio areas of the boarding area for the train to arrive at one of the San Francisco Bay Area stops. We were told (as always) not to meander near the train tracks for the train. So far, so good. The train arrived and stopped - our cue to begin walking to the appropriate train cars. As we all started walking, a conductor stopped us and began checking tickets. He wasn't looking for IDs, he was just making sure that we all had tickets. Needless to say this caused a huge backup as everyone queued up to have this guy examine our tickets. Not sure why he was doing this as every conductor looks at your ticket as you're boarding to make sure you're in the right car. Anyone experience anything like this? As for the trip itself -- it was great, as usual. This time I got to geek out for a few hours with some kindred souls as we discussed Buffy/Angel/Firefly -- essentially all things Joss.