I know you’ve all been waiting to hear that. I made it through all the hoops and hurdles without any incidents and I am now set up with a view overlooking a snow-covered front yard. It’s actually sunny here! Wow.
One thing I noticed as I went through O’Hare on my way to my connection were the posters announcing the “heightened alert status” and the periodic announcement over the P.A. that “The Department of Homeland Security has elevated the alert level to Orange. Please do not leave any luggage unattended, and please report any suspicious activity to any T.S.A officer.” Well, I think that’s what they said. What I heard was “The Department of Homeland Security, in a craven attempt to boost the polls for our Dear Leader, frighten the bejesus out of the simple, and annoy the rest of us during the busiest travel time of the year, has elevated the alert level to Orange just to get some more face time for Tom Ridge on Fox. Thank you for your attention to this matter; we’ll let you go back to your normal lives as soon as our Dear Leader finds something else to do.”
No, I did not leave my smart-ass comments in Miami.