Tomorrow, being the day before Thanksgiving, is historically the busiest travel day of the year. And this year it appears that traveling on a plane is going to be probably about the worst possible way to travel. With the new TSA screening procedures that are in place there are a growing number of people in our country that are up in arms about being scanned and/or patted down. Because these people are upset about this new process they plan on having a National Opt Out Day.
What does this mean for all of you planning to travel tomorrow? It means that, if there are enough people that actually plan to go through with this, you will either need to get to the airport hours before your flight or plan on having some sort of backup travel plan for when you miss your flight. You see, the plan is for as many people as possible to refuse being scanned and bog down the TSA officers by making them have to pat down as many people as possible. Their agenda is to overwhelm and make the entire security process come to a virtual stand still on the busiest travel day of the year. So for all of the rest of us that have no political agenda and are just trying to get home to visit friends and family for the holidays it sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?
You know what I really wish? I wish that every person that “Opts Out” of the scan is moved to a separate area of the airport. This area, let’s call it the “Holding Pen” will be one that is only manned by one TSA official. Don’t take the security away from the rest of the passengers that want nothing more than to get home. And let’s make sure this one official is the one that is always late to work, been written up a few times for subordination, closely resembles the scariest person you can imagine and hasn’t showered or brushed their teeth in weeks. This way those people that are expecting the TSA officers to be the pervy/scary bastards they are being made out to be all over the news get their heart’s desire. This way, on Friday, when they finally reach their destination and missed Thanksgiving they can gloat about how right they were.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will quietly go about our business and get to where we were going with as minimal a delay as possible. While I am on the couch slowly slipping in and out of my food coma between seeing the Lions and Cowboys lose their games I am hoping some of those assholes that Opted-Out are still trying to reach their destination. Maybe someone will save you a piece of pumpkin pie…I know I wouldn’t.
Oh…I almost forgot…Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Filed under Capitals, DC, Sports
Last minute changes in plans last night lead Deb and I to a whole lot of fun at the Verizon Center. P and Red called me up and let me know that he had a couple of extra tickets if we wanted to go to see the Caps play the Flyers last night. We weren’t all that sure if we wanted to ditch our existing plans and go at first… that was until P explained the tickets to us. The tickets that he had were for a suite that were given to him from Mrs. Boudreau (the coach’s wife for those of you who don’t know). So once we heard about the suite we decided that going to a Caps game and having our own little box was a chance that wasn’t going to come around every day so we had to go for it.
P’s job as a bartender at one of the better restaurants in DC pays off so many times and I have no qualms with enjoying the fruits of his labor. I really do think this was the night where I became to spoiled to enjoy going to a hockey game in any other way. Being able to stand up when you want to, walk around when you want to and have our own bathroom was just too good. Seriously, the Caps scored a goal and I just had to run to the can and I was back in my seat in about 45 seconds. That is priceless.
The game was an incredible one even though we didn’t come away with the win. But the Caps were on the backend of back-to-back nights and they looked pretty sluggish for most of the game… especially Ovechkin. I don’t think I have seen him look much worse. Usually leaving a game with a loss feels bad but in this case I was actually happy that we left with at least a point. And you don’t get many more exciting games. Coming back from down 3-1 to tie it and then coming back to tie it again at 4…it was crazy, crazy stuff. I still haven’t regained all of my voice. We didn’t look particularly good in the shoot-out but hey, a point is a point and we are still in First place…so it isn’t all bad.
But we really had a great time at the game. So thanks for having us hitch a ride for the fun, P. Hopefully there will be at least one game this season where there isn’t a kid sitting right next to us so you can let all of the F-bombs fly without the dirty looks that accompany them.
Lets Go Caps! Only 41 days until the Winter Classic.
Watching the Game From the Suite
The View from the Suite
Last night I was fuming at right around 6:59pm. When I sat down to watch the Capitals and turned on our local Comcast Sportnet channel only to find that the Wizards were being broadcast instead of the Caps. My first thought was that the game must be on Versus tonight so I tuned into Versus only to find that the game being shown there was the Bruins vs Rangers game.
WTF? Where was the Caps game being shown? I started trying to navigate through the FIOS guide and gave up after a few minutes of trying to find the game anywhere on that clusterfuck (I really do hate the way that “guide” works). I tried to use my TV Guide app on my phone…no luck there. I then grabbed the Post to take a look there…OK, I found that the game was on something called Comcast SportsnetPlus. WTF is that? It isn’t listed anywhere on any guide. It is like some made-up channel that doesn’t exist. Was this some kind of joke?
After another 5 minutes of just scanning through channel after channel I finally find the game. FINALLY. So I kick back with my drink in hand and settle in to watch the game when I realize that the game, while being broadcast on an HD channel, is not in HD. Again, WTF? Trying to watch any hockey game on Comcast that isn’t in TV is like trying to watch the game through a haze. It is like they spread Vaseline on the lens of every camera to make the game some kind of visual challenge.
Once again, being a Caps fan in this town just means you want to punch someone from Comcast right in the dick. Last night was just one more night of showing the fans where they rank in the eyes of our local Sportsnet channel. The only team in town with any skill is relegated to the Where’s Waldo channel while the Wall-less suckhole Wizards get top billing…again. So those people that enjoy watching Thugball were lucky enough to see the Wiz get blown out by 31 points in beautiful High Definition. That is right, 31 points. I guess the Wiz wanted to prove they could almost be as embarrassing as the Redskins.
Meanwhile, over on the Non-HD, Blurry-as-Fuck “Plus” Channel the Capitals win yet another game in front of yet another sold out home arena to improve to 10-1 on home ice. Oh and the Caps also just added a couple more points last night to improve on their league leading point total. The hottest ticket in town is a ticket to a Caps game and yet the team still gets no respect when it comes to broadcast air time.
So the best team in the NHL and the only winning franchise in town has to take the backseat to the bottom feeding Wizards…again. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when this happens anymore but I really did think that the winning ways of the Caps would change the dynamic here in town. I guess the DC metro is just happier watching a couple of teams of overpaid losers.
Oh well at least the Winter Classic is only a little more than a month away. (BTW, the video on that link is awesome)
The week started out rough as Ripley was definitely not a big fan of Newt coming into her home and disrupting her peaceful environment. But as the week progressed the two girls slowly started to get to know each other and by the end of the week Ripley was at least tolerating Newt’s presence. Now, midway though the second week, it seems they are starting to becoming fast friends.