Sunday, November 29, 2015

Is anyone surprised?

So we met the relatives – who incidentally are Mongolian. Most of them live in the USA but we had a few from Ulan Bator who brought us up to speed on a city about which we know nothing - but we have been assured that we should visit. It is apparently the world’s coldest capital city and also one of the most polluted.

The Thanksgiving dinner preparation was quite exciting as the new oven in which the turkey was being cooked did not work properly and there was some panic and a bit of shouting. I had to leave the kitchen on a couple of occasions as the tension was giving me a headache.

It was all sorted out eventually and the calming influence of wine settled everyone down.

On the way in to Washington I took some hand cream and toothpaste and these caused no problems in Indianapolis. They caused great consternation in Washington and had to be confiscated – and my bagged checked for explosives.

Cate – at the other security line – brought through two bottles of water without anyone noticing.

On the plane Cate read an article about how the head of the TSA was sacked because there had been 70 tests to see if explosives and firearms could be taken through security without detection. 67 of these tests failed to detect the explosives and firearms.

Is anyone who has ever been though security surprised about this?

The photo is of the tree starting to shed its leaves. You cannot see the hundreds of leaves fluttering to the ground so you will just have to take my word that it is happening.


  1. I remember going through once where my bag was sent back through multiple times and I just shrugged. When I got to the gate I found my makeup bag with perfume. Hilarious.

  2. I only know one sentence, a greeting, in Mongolian. 'How is the health of your horse herd?' -> Mal sureg targen tuv tu yu?

    Our ice is starting to melt, a little.

  3. fmcgmccllc: I have gone through many times with contraband. The system is broken.

    esb: That could be useful in UB.