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Mission sucessful

This follows a post that's still sitting in my Visor, mainly because the computer it needs to sync up with is in a 44.8 degree room. I'll do that later.

My car spent yesterday in the shop, getting routine maintenance done and also more extensive repairs as I can afford them. In this case the brakes, which were down to 10% on the last trip, were down to nothing, but they were replaced and the rotors turned.

The wipers were replaced as well. I had done that on my own but the passenger side one never fit right and kept coming off. Also some of the electrical components were replaced. This just leaves the leaky gasket that would cost $500 to fix and only results in a $1 bottle of oil being burned every week or so. That can wait.

My car had to be done first as martes car has to go into the shop today for it's first maintenance, actually almost 900 miles overdue, but this lets me get it in before she goes east for Christmas.

I did manage to get all 5 of us seated together for the LOTR2 movie, though it was all the way in the back of the theater. This turned out to be not too bad as there was nobody behind me to kick the seat and I could put my jacket over the back. I kept expecting the Elf king to put on sunglasses and start firing a Desert Eagle .50 and the Human king to order the women and children into the lifeboats.

On an unrelated note, I now have discovered the bluejays can tell martes and dwight_dutton apart. One just came and looked in the window, and not seeing the human who is the peanut supply, promptly left.....

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film2edit December 19th, 2002
Birds are interesting. LOTS of bluejays here.

Had wanted to ask you about airline security stuffs. What has changed now that will take folks longer to get through check points and screenings? Are there new kinds of screenings taking place now? I'm leaving on the 26th from a tiny airport (ISP), but returning from a slightly larger one (RIC). Anything I should be worried about?

All the TSA stuff moved to a different journal

titanic December 19th, 2002
It's all over in 53162 now. It was dominating my journal so I moved it elsewhere.

Essentially:

For a bag you will carry on board - avoid anything pointy and metallic, like scissors, and X-Acto knife, or mat cutters. Artists use a lot of sharp things, put them in your checked bag.

For a checked bag - after the end of the year, ALL of this will go through a baggage screening machine. It is much rougher on your bag than anybody who ever loaded a plane. The word "fragile" makes no difference. If you cannot throw your bag off the top of your car, it isn't packed well enough.

Film: For your carry on bag, regular film of ASA 800 or less is fine. Above that, or ANY infared film, has to be hand checked. This will not slow you up more than about 30 seconds. Just had it to the person in front of the checkpoint when you show up and say what it is. Do not put ANY film in your checked bag - the baggage machine has a far more powerful X-Ray in it and will trash ANY film.

Nothing else should be affected. But the CTX machine is something of a "baggage cannon" - it will fire your bag out after it is done with it. Best part is you get to watch!

ruggels December 19th, 2002
So, I guess by yoour commets, you liked this part of LOTR, better thanthe last one?

Scott

Not really, no.

titanic December 19th, 2002
I had more fun waiting in line. The best parts of the movie were when I got to sleep through it. I spent a substantial part of the film in the theater lobby watching some other movie on video screens.

WHAT is the attraction to these films? Everyone I know thinks they are great. I cannot see why. I must be missing something on some fundamental level.

Re: Not really, no.

ruggels December 19th, 2002
You maybe missing something fundamental,because I thought last years was one of the best films Ihad ever seen. I don't know, but for me, it looked the way films are supposdto bemade, grand, epic, dramtic, violent. I am as confused about yur dislike, as youare about the films. But hey, as long as Roz enjoyed it, that's great.

Scott (who hasn't seen The Two Towers yet)

It baffles me too

titanic December 19th, 2002
I liked the books. I actually do not know why I find the movies so dull!

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