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Eric Capitol

Beltway Blues

Posted on 2007.03.21 at 19:38
Current Location: 20001
Current Music: D I G I T A L L Y I M P O R T E D
Four hours of sleep. 20 minutes of waiting for the 'next shuttle' which did not immediately arrive, and about 30 very long seconds (fully one half a minute you understand) of a gentleman who had just boarded not remembering which bag was his when it was time to disembark approximately 5 minutes later.

These delays caused me to miss my flight. Surprise, surprise. My mother would have told me, "Make sure you allow plenty of time," or something to that effect. I myself have been known to dole out that same advice to others. Other usually younger, less motivated and generally more slovenly in their appearance than I. But I digress.

My time is very valuable. My bill rate is astronomical. How I spend my personal time is even more important to me, because of my children. How much "time" am I supposed to "allow" for reaching my destination in a timely manner? How can one account for every cud-chewing meatbag with a 5-minute thought retention issue? Incalculable.

Needless to say, I was very angry that I missed my flight. After all, I didn't allow myself enough time. Next flight was two and a half hours later, and full. As it was my only option, I booked stand-by and stood in the cattle pens, awaiting the proverbial slaughter via TSA Security Checkpoint inefficiency. Yes, I laced my toothpaste with a liquid explosive I'll mix-up in the lavatory sink and detonate with the fuse in the heel of my boot. Praise be Allah. They should reinstate racial profiling instead of jacking up WWII vets who have metal pins in their hips. Grrrrr.

At any rate, I mosey to my gate and follow some random guy to the desk. He asks if he can still get on the plane. Turns out, it was so empty, they almost canceled the flight but the door was already closed and if you've already checked baggage, it would show up on the later plane. I interrupted, handed her my boarding pass, while she called the plane. "RUN!" she yells at me. I did. They opened the door and I made my flight. That was the easy part. The hard part was navigating the ever-changing roads and exit in downtown straight out of a bad horror movie where the house/maze garden/tunnels supernaturally modify their walls/hedges/routes.

Eventually though, everything worked out, and our first day was a rousing success.


Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2007-03-22 01:32 (UTC) (Link)
They should reinstate racial profiling instead of jacking up WWII vets who have metal pins in their hips.

Is there a "c) none of the above" option?
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-22 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
No, I think the muslim terrorists took away our other options (freedoms).
ehowton at 2007-03-22 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
I would gladly take the place of each and every elderly person I see pulled to the side with their shoes & belts in their hand waiting to be scanned. I find that disgraceful.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-03-22 06:30 (UTC) (Link)
I would like a c) option provided that it does not come at a greater loss of freedom or a more insecure nation.

However, (Hezbollah and Lebanon come to mind) when you have a group of terrorist who hid behind civilians (read women and children) and launch their attacks of fear, how is there to not be collateral damage? The only way to remove the threat of terrorism is to take the terrorists out. While I fully support taking whatever steps are necessary to avoid the death of innocent women and children, it just doesn't add up to go from house to house (i.e. Iraq) according terrorist American rights (i.e. innocent until proven guilty).

Only the Nation with the most freedoms, compassion, intellectual properties (i.e. most technologically advanced) and determination to not see innocents suffer would attempt such an unthinkable method of warfare...and (to a greater or lesser extent) be successful at this lofty goal. But before one goes out on a limb and criticizes This Country for not achieving said lofty goal immediately, one might start closer to home.

If there is a group of people that are statically most often responsible for acts of terrorism, it would behoove said Country to investigate said group of people first. Should some crazy Right-winged Christian Fundamentalist also commit an act of terror, he too should receive swift justice.

If one person of one particular group commits one act of terror it does not follow that everyone in that group is prone to terrorist nor that said group will now suddenly provide more terrorists. The converse is also true. If there is a group of people who continually commit acts of terror on a global scale involving millions of people, that group of people should be targeted more readily in an effort to stop the terrorism before it starts, not clean up the mess it makes.

NOTE: Italics in this comment were used for emphasis, not to show quotation
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-22 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
"Other usually younger, less motivated and generally more slovenly in their appearance than I."

You should not talk about drax0r like that, even though it's true.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-03-22 06:31 (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised you choose drax0r to be the butt of your joke.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-22 13:42 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I didn't ehowton did, I just named names!!!!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-22 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry about your flight mishap, glad the rest of the day was a success!!!
ehowton at 2007-03-22 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to sleep. Tomorrow will be a better day.
galinda822 at 2007-03-23 01:52 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you made it there safely! Sorry it was such a pain though.

Have fun visiting with photogoot! Tell him I said 'Hi' and we hope to see him down here soon! :)

Hope you managed to get your liquid explosive toothpaste past the checkpoints!!! hehe

Can't wait to have you back at work on Monday! Miss you!
photogoot at 2007-03-23 02:10 (UTC) (Link)
He is getting me drunk in his hotel room! I am afraid....
ehowton at 2007-03-23 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
That's right. Just relax...
ehowton at 2007-03-23 02:33 (UTC) (Link)
In the part of town they put me up in, I'd rather have my knife!

I enjoyed talking to you today and I too am looking forward to Monday!

snapper521 at 2007-03-25 04:35 (UTC) (Link)
I like your site as green not orange/brown Eric. :-P

You should try blue.
ehowton at 2007-03-25 05:19 (UTC) (Link)
The green was representative of a VT100 console terminal. The only other color that ever came in was amber. It was only a test, and I'll be going back to green shortly. Thanks!
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