Yeesh. Iâ€™ve had better years, Pumpkins. In fact, Iâ€™ve had better decades. Come to think of it, the previous half century had a lot going for it compared to 2009. I suppose closing out the year with a bungled crotch bombing is a fitting ending for a real bummer of a year.
Apparently the U.S. TSA is so freaked, theyâ€™re getting all McCarthyist about the â€˜incidentâ€™. Even writing about this stuff can get you into trouble. Other less famous travel bloggers than I have had their hard drives confiscated. Good lord! My drive isnâ€™t even particularly firm anymore. Christopher Elliott has been threatened with jail unless he reveals his secret sources. The TSA canâ€™t understand how he got hold of its security directive after it had been sent to thousands of airports and airlines around the world. You know the directive â€“ the one where they are instructed to make our passengersâ€™ lives go from just painfully irritating to inhumanely tortuous. The stuff that travel dreams are made of.
On a last note of the year, dear Pumpkins, lest we get overly self-absorbed and all droopsie about our minor inconveniences â€“ letâ€™s take a minute to remember the families of our 4 soldiers and Calgary Herald journalist killed in Afghanistan yesterday.