Thursday, June 26, 2003


Okay, so maybe I'll post a bit while on vacation.

Relatively uneventful flights. A small problem with our "carry on" luggage. Amy found a portable "cooler" that is essentially a carry on bag.

"You know you're a redneck if your carry on luggage is a cooler"- Jeff Foxworthy

Anyway, as they squeeze customers on airliners these days they squeeze out space for things like luggage. The "cooler" didn't fit in the over head compartment, or under any seat. We managed to sweet talk the flight attendants into stashing it elsewhere. I suspect it's an unwritten rule that you don't ask a lot of questions of people carrying frozen meat onto airplanes. This is no doubt a defense mechanism against hearing too many stories about "well, it's road kill we couldn't waste", or worse.. Sort of self imposed "Dahmer denial".
As usual I set off all the security bells and whistles at the airport. Had to remove my shoes, unbuckle my belt, stand like a scarecrow and be "wanded". I also discovered when I opened my suitcase last night that it had been "searched". The Transportation Security Agency left a nice little note telling me so, but I would have realized it anyway, because it was packed much neater than how I left it.
We started today by taking a clunker car Joey bought to a mechanic we've been told is honest to see if the car has any chance for redemption. It was overheating, dying, and spewing steam every inch of the way there, so I don't hold out much hope. However, you never know. Maybe they'll be able to fix it cheap, then I can drive it back to San Antonio. That would be an telling how much frozen meat it can hold.