Tag: travel blogging

Scenes from Security Theater at Dulles Airport

Dulles Airport, just before noon. My daughter and I have dropped off my father in-law. We’re sitting in our compact car, waiting for one of the vehicles blocking us to move on. After six minutes, I notice that the engine of the Acura SUV sitting to my left is off. 

Me: Hmmm. I don’t think there’s anyone in the car.
Daughter: What do you mean?
Me: We can’t leave because of that Acura… but I don’t think there’s anyone in it.

I wait another minute or so. I Attempt to pivot the car away from the curb and on to freedom, but fail. I get out of the car, and walk up to the SUV. There is, indeed, no one in it. I spot a security officer sitting by the luggage-cart dispenser. I walk over to him.


Me: Sir, I there’s an unattended vehicle over there.
Security Officer: No there isn’t.
Me: But it’s been sitting there for at least five minutes, and its totally empty.
Security Officer: He got out and got in line. He’s allowed to do that.

I glance at the nearest “no parking/no standing/unattended vehicles will be towed.”


Me: Okay. What line is he in?
Security Officer: The United line.
Me: Inside?
Security Officer: […]
Me: Well, it’s been a while, and I just thought you might want to know.
Security Officer: If he doesn’t come outside in a bit, I’ll look into it.

A limo leaves, creating space for me to pull out as well. I walk back to my car and drive away.

‘Tis a pattern.

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What Should I Read While I’m in Indonesia?

Sorry for going AWOL for a couple of weeks – my lame excuse despite fascinating things happening in all my usual areas is the craziness of preparing for both a move and international travel with a teenager.

Paradoxically, as of Saturday the situation reverses: I’ll be on vacation abroad meaning both more time to blog and possibly less inclination. If I do pop in after this week, it will most likely be with book reviews of what I’m reading on the beach.

So, Duck readers are encouraged to make suggestions/requests!

Besides the obvious (Storm of Swords and Robopocalypse) I am so far planning to download these to my Kindle:

Love and Sex with Robots, in which David Levy will explain to me why naming my new car (Flynn) is one step away from marrying my vacuum…

Please Stop Laughing at Us, Jodee Blanco’s memoir/manifesto on how to counter-act bullying in our schools: after my daughter’s experiences this part year, I intend to be fore-armed before tenth grade opens at Amherst Regional High School.

Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports, grist for an ongoing debate I’ve been having with my nine-year-old son – especially since the start of the “Women’s” World Cup – about the benefit of co-ed sporting teams and gender apartheid in world sports generally.

What else should I download? I’m looking for light, informative, marginally related to my interests yet non-academic non-fiction.

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