Monday, July 16, 2007

the friendly skies

There is nothing quite like being kidless for two days in the company of the women who knew you when and love you anyways and more. We ate way too many tacos, drank a couple of mojitos and talked ourselves silly. It was a lovely, lovely time. And I did mention my blog and after getting over the snickers and misunderstandings about what a blog is, (because it's NOT a creepy desperate place where weirdos congregate) but rather a lovely intentional community where I've met and come to adore dozens and dozens of like minded, brilliant, amazing people I found it well received and after being assaulted with many questions we were able to move onto other topics. I bragged a bit about all of you and it's fascinating because when you stop to think about how much your mind has been expanded by this place it's clear that is it something to be very proud and fiercely protective of. And I am.

I returned today sans child (M is staying at the grands for a few more days). My flight was cancelled at the last minute (bastards) so after a three hour walkabout I finally flew home. We all have airport stories now, because the absurdity of plastic bags and matches and little bottles of goo are all a part of our bizarre domestic travel and I like everyone else silently tolerate and amuse myself with the nonsense but sometimes it's still a bit too much. Like today when two security guards were searching a teenage girl in a wheelchair. A girl with Down's Syndrome who was wailing a gutteral wail while her mother held her hand and tried to calm her as they searched all around her body. Things like that push the envelope of absurdity because nothing screams National Terrorist Threat like a young girl with DS in a wheelchair.

I missed you all. Can't wait to come around and see what's what.

35 comments:

Slackermommy said...

Glad you had a nice time.

Some of my friends thought it was weird that I blog. That was until I got stuff like a Wii and iPod.

thailandchani said...

Airport absurdity! They've gone from searching grannies to searching disabled people in wheelchairs.

Lovely.

Anyway, glad you had a good time with your friends. You probably needed that, yes? :)


Peace,

~Chani

painted maypole said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. Will your friends be reading your blog now? More converts to our world! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha (and thanks for defending us, even if we are a little weird and desperate at time)

liv said...

Oh, look, I was all feeling your happy vibe and then you brought in the f&*%$*g TSA.... :) Glad you're back.

kristen said...

I've seen them doing a total body search on old ladies as well - but a girl in a wheelchair w/ Downs? Really unfortunate.

I'm glad you had such a good time friend. And in 1 1/2 weeks we've got our weekend away from kiddies and responsibilities and I'm so excited to go, even with my tiny bottles of goo.

Beck said...

Oh, that poor girl in the wheelchair! That's ridiculous and terrible.
I'm glad your friends took the news well.

ewe are here said...

Ugh. That poor girl. Stupid TSA. I have a cousin with severe Downs and I can't even imagine the absurdity of trying to search him at the airport... he would completely meltdown, and for what?

Glad you had a ncie trip.

KC said...

tacos and mojitos- sounds like heaven to me. Oh, and the Girl Bonding. Sweetness.

Welcome back, we missed you too.

xo

QT said...

Oh that weekend sounds grand! Do you feel rejuvenated?

Entering the airport is like being on a different planet where the regular rules don't apply,like upside-down world or something. I think perscription medication would help me get through it a bit easier. That poor kid, and the mom that had to deal with her stressed out child the rest of the time.

Aliki2006 said...

Welcome back!

You very aptly described what airport security is like--how we tolerate it but are all thinking about the absurdity of it.

kgirl said...

welcome home! glad you had such a good time with your gals.

Christine said...

i'm glad you're back, too. i'm glad you told the gals about the blog. inspires me to (maybe) tell some people about mine.

stupid airport security.

NotSoSage said...

What a terrible story of the airport security. How scared and violated that girl must have felt.

I recently shared my blog with a close friend who has always been a very vocal critic of the medium. Joe convinced me to show it to him so that he would understand that there is value in it, sometimes. I think he's read my entire archive, and I recently received this message, "Like I said, there are maybe 1000 people in this world (rather than the 100,000) who should have blogs. You're one of them."

And so are you. And you, and you, and you, and you. Now I just want to introduce him to this whole community...

Jennifer said...

Seriously, what is wrong with people? Terrorists are out to get us and we will do EVERYTHING in our power to stop them... Blah, blah. I get it. And I think everyone at that airport probably "got" that the girl you described was absolutley zero threat. Where is the common sense?

But, to focus on the happy: the visit with your girlfriends sounds exactly like the times I have with my oldest, closest, friends-really-sisters. Ahhh....

- Jennifer (Faking It)

crazymumma said...

You are back! Wonderful you had a great time...do you think they will start reading you?

my fave airport moment was trying to wrest away littlegirl's stuffie at 6 am so security could inspect it.

fer crying out loud.

mitzh said...

Glad to know that you had a great time..

And I really, really feel bad for the kid...

slouching mom said...

Glad you're back.

When I went to Amsterdam last fall, I prepared for the trip by making sure I picked up an x-ray of my leg, which has 2 plates and 11 screws in it.

I shouldn't have bothered. The metal in my leg caused the metal detector to activate only once in maybe ten airports we went through.

So we're all being protected from bottles of goo but not metal hardware.

Huh.

Magpie said...

Welcome back. Airport security is nuts, and that's one of the worst ones I've heard. Glad your blog disclosure went well!

Jenn said...

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Sorry, was just banging my head on the keyboard.

A girl in a wheelchair?

I'd probably be in federal custody somewhere had I been in line.

Seattle Mamacita said...

glad you got to catch up with some old friends. welcome back.

deb said...

What I find so amusing, but would never utter out loud at an airport, is the fact that if you wanted to kill someone you could do it with a pen. You could jab them in the neck or in the eye and kill them, too many spy novels as a teenager, so the whole thing is a joke. It's a facade to try and make people feel better. The truth is if someone wants to die and take a bunch of people with them, there's very little we can do about it. So what's the point in worrying about it?
Can't wait to meet you in Chicago.

kaliroz said...

Your weekend sounds wonderful!

And, I hate flying anymore. I just can't deal with all the crap people are put through.

Momish said...

Your visit sounds like heaven! With my best buddy flying in from England this week, I know exactly how you feel.

Those are the best of times, to the point where it ALMOST makes it so special that they live so far away. Nah, on second thought, I wish she was here every day - they every day could be just as special.

But, still... it is that much sweeter. I am so happy you had that sweet special time!

J said...

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mamatulip said...

Excellent, Jen. Your weekend sounds fabulous.

And your last paragraph is part of the reason why I have absolutely no desire to fly. That and my absurd fear of it.

meno said...

Dammit! I'm just going to fly naked next time. To Chicago. You'll have no trouble recognizing me.

I am also curious to know if your friends will read your blog. Just to see how fabulous we all are of course.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Glad your trip went so well. That bit about the airport security searching the girl with DS makes me feel like reconsidering my trip to Chicago... But I'm not that extreme a gal. I'll just sit here, silently seething about it all.

Mrs. Chicken said...

"Intentional community" - I LOVE that.

Mmmm, tacos. How I miss tacos.

Mad Hatter said...

Ya and they take sleeping babies out of mother's arms (happened to me and to Dutch'n'Wood). That poor, frightened girl.

Glad you had fun with your sistah's. I just spent a week with one of my flesh'n'bone ones.

Julie Pippert said...

Boy there's random and then there is stupid. How mean am I, LOL.

So glad you had such a lovely time. :)

And you are right about what this is.

flutter said...

ah for the love of random searches.

urban-urchin said...

wait two trips in as many weeks? first the friend fest and then blogher? is that right and natural? no, damn it no. (well only because I had to cancel my blogher trip).

Welcome home honey.

bgirl said...

i echo jenn's keyboard headbanging seriously WTF. my heart just fell and my mind instantly angers at the idea of this.

..deep breath...

welcome back, so nice to have some sistah time and now some couple time. enjoy.

karrie said...

Ugh. Love to travel, but flying now just sucks.

I'm taking a train to Chicago..lol.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Weird and desperate? Hmmm. Sounds like high school! So hard to grow up a bit "different" than your peers.

I hear you about my friends I will love forever. They are "home" to me. I can breathe around them and just be. Nearly 30 years of history span behind a simple hug or just a look. Nothing like it. I miss my friends.

Glad you are home and back at the blog.