"Knock knock... hey hon can you take me to the airport now?"
"Huh? Wha.. um... wha? No. I mean yeah. I'm up. What?"
"The airport. Can you drive me to the airport now? You can take my car."
"Yeah. Sorry uh... I need to put clothes on."
"That would be good."
I'm packing light today. Unlike a trip to Montreal or California or hell, even Iowa where I would pack 6 days worth of clothes for 2 days worth of visit, I am currently carrying the lightest suitcase I've ever toted. 1 dress, 1 pair of shoes, 1 pair of jeans, 2 shirts, pjs, underw... oh hell!
Crisis averted, they are in the zippered portion of the bag.
I saw the security check in line was rather lengthy this morning, as is usually the case when you travel with all of the other business folk who are trying desperately to get the hell out of Sioux Falls before the weekend sets in. For this place, 30 people in front of you is "pretty deep" for security. But.. I saw my chance for some action. A man in his mid-late 50's was getting a working over. With gloves. Between his legs. The whole nine. FINALLY they are taking this TSA molestation seriously here. So I made my way to the front of the line and threw my belongings on the belt for scanning.... intentionally not taking my laptop out of it's bag and leaving my makeup bag with liquids INSIDE my luggage. I smiled inwardly and headed for the final check point. "Thank you. Have a nice flight."
WHAT.THE.HELL? Racially profiled AGAIN. What, because I'm middle aged and white and wearing heels I can't be dangerous?! That FARMER was dangerous enough for you, but not me? The baby can't keep her bottle of formula, but I can sneak extra shampoo and a full bottle of perfume (okay it's only 1 oz)?
That's when it happened.... "That will be $4.97 Ma'am."
FOR A SIXTEEN OUNCE CAN OF ROCKSTAR!
So, I did get violated at the airport, just not in the way I'd hoped. I think that in itself is another form of profiling. If she looks all worky and tired and irritable by not getting fondled AND she buys a can of energy drink at triple the regular price she's OBVIOUSLY a true Midwest-Middle Aged-Non-Offender.
Boarding in a few minutes so I suppose I should close this baby down. I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday and if I don't see ya... an even better weekend!