Traveling with My iPod and Laptop. I Think I've Really Joined the 21st Century

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I'm at the airport in Minneapolis right now. And after getting shanked for $4.95 to hook up to some bullshit called Boingo for an hour, I'm here to provide you with all the regular entertainment. I asked the security woman to take pictures while they were frisking me this morning, and even though she had a sense of humor, she declined. See, the rod and bolts in my leg? Yeah. They think I have a gun every time I go through the metal detector. And I'm ready for them. I announce that I know it's going to go off and I tell them right where the metal is located, but I know I still have to go through the necessary pat down. And I think I'm pretty damn good humored about it. I smile and don't take offense. I've had some very unpleasant women do this to me over the years, but today's was just fine. Friendly. And I WANT someone to be friendly if they're going to be touching my girly places. And they always have to because I hoist the girls up with underwire bras.

But I really wanted pictures. Hrmph.

Can you believe I had a middle seat and NO ONE sat on EITHER SIDE of me on my first flight? It was heaven. I sprawled as I watched the sun come up. And let me tell you, the people that were blathering on to each other missed it. They MISSED the beauty of that moment when the sun reaches the horizon and suddenly, there's a burst of orange fire flame that spreads so much quicker than you think it should. I smiled conspiratorily with the man in the seat behind me, because we were both watching and smiling at the same time.

And this traveling with an iPod stuck in my ears? Yeah. I have to check every once in awhile to make sure I'm not singing outloud. I deign to dance however. Anyone watching can entertain themselves and laugh at me, but a girl's gotta dance. And she's going to do it wherever she wants to. In fact, right now, I'm rocking out to Dave Matthew's Mother Father and you can't sit still during that song. You just can't.

Next stop? Detroit. I made a beautiful memory here at the Minneapolis Airport, but that's a story for another day.

18 comments:

Malaise Inc said...

Ha. I have a steel rod in my leg too. I generally set the metal detector off about 50% of the time. I generally do the same thing. Take it in stride and tell them that the hand detector is going to get hits on my left knee and ankle. I have yet to encounter a TSA person who hasn't been cool about it.

carrster said...

Whohooo mobile blogging! I'm planning on doing the same when I go to Texas but for some reason I'm really nervous about traveling with my laptop....I don't know why.....

HAVE A GREAT TRIP!

If you have time in Detroit, take a stroll through the trippy light tunnel for me. I always enjoy that....(because I'm a nerd).

JoLee said...

$4.95? What a bargain! Philly charges $7.95... bastards.

t2ed said...

Make sure you ride the monorail in Detroit.

Oh, and buy a Lions jersey. They're probably marked down. Way, way down.

LiLu said...

I have to check every once in awhile to make sure I'm not singing outloud.

I totally do this. I know I do. I just don't care.

Rock on, lady.

lacochran said...

Does it do any good to have a note from your doctor?

Have a great trip!

Ken said...

Ugh. Is it so wrong that I'm jealous of you? I haven't been felt up by anyone but my husband in ages.

I do not count the obstetrician.

He's...he's old.

Ken said...

And that was me, Crissy, not Ken. Nobody ever feels him up.

buffalodick said...

They have Lions shirts out that have their 0-16 record on them- get one, they will be collectors items!

Sparkling Red said...

Boingo? Good grief, what marketing genius thought that one up? Maybe an 80's music fan harkening back to Oingo Boingo?

Jamie said...

It's one of my small joys in life to be in a plane without people on either side of you.

And I always want to strangle the airport employees after finding that it is going to cost me between 5 and 9 dollars to hook up to the internet.

melissalion said...

I too have a rod in my leg! Whoa...are you seeing bloggers in New York?

Megkathleen said...

Not having people sit next to you on the plane has got to be one of the best things EVER.

Dingo said...

Steel rod in your leg?!

I love the early morning flights just to watch the sun come up. It truly is beautiful. And you got to sit by yourself! Woohoo! Do you think it had to do anything with you dancing in the seat? I would be hesitant to sit next to a seat dancer.

BrianAlt said...

Hope you were careful with the bathrooms!

brookem said...

i traveled for the first time with my laptop last year and i felt so.... so hightechy. like i should be used to this, but im just... not.
glad you can mobile blog for us!

Vanessa said...

i love this post, it totally made me laugh out loud. and if i had been flying with you, i'd totally have taken some pictures for you!

Christian said...

Hurtling towards a head on collision with the sun at 35,000 feet is a somewhat breath-shortening experience. On my bucket list: multiply that experience by a factor of 100 by doing it as a commercial tourist in space.