Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I might have to move...

Nothing about technology or the database here. If you aren't interested in my thoughts about things outside of that - stop reading, go away.

I lived next to New Jersey for much of my life (1972-1987)..

I lived in New Jersey for more than a year (commuted there for a year, lived there for a year - 1992-1993).

I might have to move back. Because of this (NJ is not the only one, Minnesota is looking into it as well). Bravo I say. I fly *a lot* and I love flying *out*of country - because I know all of my flights that week (after the first one) - until the last one back home - will be "nice" ones.


I don't have to take off my shoes.
I don't have to empty my entire backpack for someone.
I don't have to be naked (in a picture for someone, somewhere).
I don't have to be felt up all over.
I don't have to be insulted in many ways and forms.

Until I come home that is - leaving and coming back - that is the problem these days. Didn't used to be that way, but it is now. It is easier for me to go from one foreign country to another than it is for me to go from state to state in the US. Seriously. I'd rather go to another country and fly from place to place than in the US - is it that much of a hassle. I feel the need to get to an airport with at least 2 hours, if not 3 to be safe, "just in case something new and special" will happen to me that time.

It isn't about safety anymore - it's about "let us react to the latest thing that happened and pretend that makes everyone feel better about themselves"

I've flown in/out of Israel more than a few times. They have it right. I've never stood in their lines (and they have lots of traffic) for more than 30 minutes. And I've never been subjected to what I am in the US. Just saying. They seem to be pretty darn secure. I've seen every layer of their security and experienced it. Pretty innocuous - yet daunting. But definitely not embarrassing or intrusive.