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06 March 2008 @ 09:32 am
you can take the boy out of vacation, but...  
Random thoughts from vacation:

--Since pretty much nothing grows in Iceland, all the food and drink are imported and pretty darn expensive. I'd say noticeably higher even than at comparable Manhattan businesses. Even shopping at the grocery store doesn't get you off the hook, although buying liquor at the Duty Free in the airport definitely helps a little. The prices aren't bad enough that you shouldn't go, but you need to be prepared.

--I'm still a little shaken up by the car accident. Most of the time, I'm fine, but then I'll hear some car hitting its brakes and I'll suddenly get a really intense rush of fear and dread and helplessness. Then I start thinking about the especially annoying noise that particular vehicle would make when I didn't have my seatbelt fastened and what might have happened if I had given in to my instinct to ignore it.

--Since our flight from Boston was changed, we got picked up for security inspection at the airport. At first, K. and I both wondered if it was because we'd been to Amsterdam. Thank Vishnu I didn't decide to bring mushrooms home with me. There was no strip seaching, but we did have to stand in the airpuffing contraptions and get everything in our carry-ons wiped down with swabs. I have this battery-powered, ipod speaker with a hard orange shell and when the lady got to that in my bag, she gasped and unzipped it extremely cautiously with a terrified look on her face. I tried to tell her what it was so that she wouldn't be worried, but she just narrowed her eyes at me in a "That's exactly what a terrorist would say" sort of way.

Listening to: Stephen Trask - "Wig in a Box"
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Mischeviousoddharmonic on March 6th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Laurel loved the airpuffing machine when we got put through one last year. (The TSA person suggested we go through together after explaining that some kids do not like it when they go through alone.) But I have no point, other than that my mini-me is weird. (:
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 7th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Heh heh, terrorist!
(Anonymous) on March 7th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
gee, coming back from florida, where this is a high likelihood of trafficking drugs through the smaller airports, I simply lost about 50 bucks of expensive shampoo to an inspector who looked like she liked the looks of it. - 'trix
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: doom fistassmonkeydiary on March 7th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one of our companions lost a big bottle of some expensive Avon lotion. Now, he'll never be able to build his Lotion Bomb!