Tuesday, July 20, 2010


We average 37 days at or above 90 degrees each year. We hit that mark already today, and summer has been here less than a month.

Other randomness … Sweet Daughter has had a stuffy nose and sore throat for about 10 days now. The strep test came back negative, so the doctor suggested I try allergy medicine at bedtime. That sent her into orbit last night (you bet your sweet bippy it was “non-drowsy”) AND it didn’t work, and Tylenol Cold medicine has been recalled. Did I mention we’re getting on an airplane in less than 40 hours? Cold and/or allergy medicine comes in 4 oz. bottles. 18 mL more than allowed by the TSA. Tomorrow I go in search of something in a non-liquid form.

As I’m scurrying around packing, I notice that Shorter Half is watching something on TV involving plane crashes. After looking at the TV with a picture of an airplane in descent with its back half on fire, I looked pointedly at SH and said “That plane there – it landed safely and everyone lived, RIGHT?” He concurred without looking me in the eye, and I left the room and went back to packing.

The bag I used to use for my over-sized purse/diaper bag/etc. when flying got converted to my range bag. It’s great – it’s got lots of pockets and it’s doesn’t scream “GUNS! I’ve got GUNS!” Now I know that people have tried to get the attention of the TSA by taking just such a bag through security and have failed to raise so much as an eyebrow. I, on the other hand, do not wish to draw any untoward attention to myself, and so had to find a new bag.

I won’t be back until early next week, and will be without computer access (for the dozen of you that stop by) until then. Wish me luck and hope for clear skies. SD is looking forward to flying through the clouds so she can finally prove to me for once and for all that Care Bears really exist.



  1. I happen to know that medicine in 4 oz. packages will probably be allowed, after suitable sniffing.
    And that said bag should be just fine, IF you make absodamntively sure there is no brass, let alone other range "stuff" (i.e., ammo, guns, knives, tools...) in it.

  2. Hmmm. If the 4 oz. package were still factory sealed, do you think that would help? Hypothetically speaking, of course ...


  3. Well... someone I know... yeah, that's it, someone I know, took a real live leatherman on a plane trip in his pocket a year ago, and it did just fine. Which is nice, because leatherman tools aren't cheap, but not nice, because all the security apparently doesn't mean a thing but to inconvenience us.

    Oh, and it's broken 100 here for the past week or so, but, as they say, it's a dry heat.

  4. The joys of screening! Be careful and have a great time!

  5. The cold-like stuff is going around pretty fierce; my whole family had it for over a week.

    I hope your daughter feels better soon. Have a good time!

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