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Trains and Tutus
Published on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by

Light Rail has come to Hampton Roads, to the tune of THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLARS.  The beginning of the line?  Just beyond my neighborhood.  As we watched the construction of this mass transit wonder, our neighborhood collectively thought, “What the….?”

What will it do to the neighborhood?  The traffic?  The quiet?

the tide light rail

For the first week, all rides were free.

Now, all you folks out there who have subways and light rail… begin to laugh.  When the trains actually opened, people lined up for hours in 90 degree heat to ride the new “amusement park ride.”

Of course, the kids and I only rode it to see where our tax dollars went.  (I’m lying.)

I must ask, how many of you have ever felt queasy on a LIGHT RAIL.  Not me!  (I’m lying.)

Our ride was an eventful one, from the moment my son fell asleep on a light rail employee’s shoulder to the ride back when we were subjected to copious amounts of gas compliments of the man next to me.

Because I love you all, I have saved the best for last.  The very ,VERY best.

As you can probably guess, the opening of The Tide has brought new and interesting people on to our normally quiet little corner.  Families, friends and everything in between.  Today, I saw my favorite.

pink tutu

pink and black tutu

frilly tutu

A completely average family.  Two beautiful children and a doting Mom.  In a pink and black tutu.  With laces up the back of the outfit.  And bright pink leggings.

This woman is a complete mystery to me and I will forever be intrigued.  Who is she?  What does she do for a living?  Why the pink and black tutu?  And finally, who is her personal trainer… because frankly, her back ROCKED in that outfit!

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  • Ron

    WOW, Katherine, that light rail is soooooooo cool-looking!
    And I love the name…The Tide!
    It kinda reminds me (but ours are not nearly as nice as yours) of our trolly car system here, which is an above the ground train/bus publice transportation vehicle.
    No, I’ve never felt queasy on a light rail, subway, or train. In fact, the motion makes me very calm and sleepy. But, I DO get queasy on some amusement park rides.
    And I’m LOVIN’ those photos the pink tutu momma! How wonderful and fun is that? Kinda reminds me of something you’d see in NYC! And that’s why I adore that city!
    Perhaps she owns and runs a dance studio?
    And you’re right….she’s got great shoulders and back!

  • I loved riding the train…much better than the subway! Much less stuffy but much more expensive too. Love the pink and black tutu!

    • But the tutu lady didn’t have shoes that impressed you… you need to help her with shoes!

  • Cool!
    I’m jealous of your light rail! One of my daughters lives in Tempe, and they just got one a few years ago. I guess Winston-Salem is just too small a city for it.
    But I’m hoping the pink tutu thing becomes a trend! 😉

    • I could find this woman, find out where she got it and order one for Gail… it could be your next birthday present. I mean her next birthday present. You know what I mean LOLOL!!!

  • Pink and black tutus – you never know that the Tide will bring in.

    • LOVE IT… very very poetic… I wish I had thought of that!!!

  • You mean that enormous and very expensive train doesn’t really go anywhere??? Or does it just begin close to your neighbourhood?  I’m impressed that they did free rides the first weekend. I suppose it’s one way to get people to try it out.

    The pink and black tutu wearing woman .. I just love her confidence!  I want to know who she is, too!

    • I was impressed by her confidence too! I WISH I could wear things I want or do my hair the way I want… I am too chicken! Of course the pink tutu… not really my style.. but certainly hers and cool. The train goes from my area to downtown Norfolk – so ppl can go from their neighborhood to work… BUT … everyone is unhappy that Virginia Beach didn’t jump on board and build too – we ALL want a light rail that goes to the beach!

  • If all you got for 318 million was a burlesque ballerina I’m afraid you got gypped. 

    • Burlesque Ballerina!!!!! LOVE IT!!! OMG I need to send your comment and the picture to the City of Norfolk!!!!

  • Um… seriously? I am DYING laughing at the “outfit”. Holy hell!

    • Meleah, you know as a blogger yourself… it was pure gold being stuck at a light as she walked by, while I had my camera RIGHT NEXT TO ME. It was one of those, “I am SO BLOGGING THIS” moments!!!

  • Now I want a tutu, although there is no way I would look that good in it.  Sorry, did I completely ignore the whole train concept.  I’m not a fan of trains.

    • Oh no problem… the tutu was the highlight – you just got to the good stuff! If I tried to wear that outfit… oh boy… they might arrest me or something…!!!

  • Wow!  Well at least she seemed like a good mom right?

    • Yes… and her children were dressed completely normal. They were happy looking and she was doting on them for sure. 🙂

  • Well it’s not something I would wear, but she seems to love her outfit.  Whatever. 

    Have a terrific day.   🙂

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