Mar 30, 2010

In a sign that the apocalypse is near, I saw a chihuahua wearing sunglasses over the weekend. The owner was out of range by the time I got Mrs. Sneed's camera from her, so I had to get a photo off the internet. This is what the little mutt looked like.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of nutty Americans and their penchant for kookiness, check out this website. Not to worry, if this site isn't for you, Google "Dog sunglasses" and pick from one of the other 5.7 million hits.

Mrs. Sneed and I made a quick trip out of town for a couple of days, so I was again reminded of how horrid air travel has become. The longer the checkpoint charade goes on, the worse it gets. They just keep thinking up useless ways to spend money.

I got run through one of those newfangled full body scanners. I feel bad for the person looking at my image. It must have blinded him or her, because despite the powers of the government's magic peep show machine, they still patted me down.

On our flight home, the flight attendant specifically mentioned Kindles in the list of devices that had to be turned off once the plane descended below 10,000 ft. Even if the WiFi is disabled, a Kindle has to be turned off.

The official line is that these devices potentially interfere with airplane navigation. That, of course, is mostly a crock of you-know-what. Digital watches, hearing aids, pacemakers and electronic nerve stimulators can be operated at any altitude. Which only goes to show that electronic devices on a plane are a danger, unless their use is impractical to control, then they aren't.


Kurt said...

It wouldn't be so bad if the TSA people weren't surly on top of it.

The Bug said...

I'm intrigued by the sunglasses for dogs. I guess if I need them then it stands to reason that dogs need them. Right? Cause they're really mini humans, right?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

lol, people and their pets.

I'm almost afraid of what they'll come up with next at airports!

tut-tut said...

They say it's your birthday . . . !

Coffee Messiah said...

Aye, chihuahua............

My dad worked for UAL for 42 yrs, so we traveled lots, starting way back when.

Having only flown since those days a few yrs back to Seattle and going through the whole rig-a-ma-roll, er, it was embarrassing.

Isn't everything, all about $$$$ these days.

Or, you can simply join a christian militia I guess, or something ; (


Cheers to you and yours!!!!

Reya Mellicker said...

We're humiliated more and more by airport "security" which is - seems to me - insulting and yet random. Does it really make any difference?

But Merle, the important thing is:

I'm so GLAD you were born! Hope you celebrate in style. xx