This and That

November 10, 2010

Airport security woes

Airport security and me are inseparable. This time, it was at the Las Vegas International airport. I was stopped at the security and asked to go via the full body scanner instead of the metal detector. No surprise there! I contemplated for a second and asked them if it is mandatory to go through it and they said, “No”. So I told them that I won’t go through it if it is not mandatory. As soon as I said that, they announced to every other TSA personnel in the vicinity by yelling that they have an “opt out”. A security personnel came to me and told me that since I opted out, I will be manually searched. And he then went on to describe how they will search me. It went something like this “We will touch your inner thigh, around the breasts, butt, blah blah and blah”. It is not like I had a better choice than say yes. So then, they yell for a lady TSA person. The lady comes and asks if I am sensitive to touch, I was like, huh, Let us try and see how I do! Then she asks me if I want to be touched in privacy or in front of everyone. I went, sure! I like an audience, so let us do it in public. Then she starts rubbing me with her rubber gloved hands all over, it was a little short of a cavity search. And finally she said she was done, and I said, Thanks for the free massage and left! We got to see the positive side of everything, right? While all this was happening, my colleagues and hundred other travelers were having fun watching me and wondering why I wouldn’t go through the scanner. I have my reasons:

  • They were picking people randomly and they had to body search the people even after the scan (The body scanner was raising an alarm for the last 3 people that were asked to go through body scanner before me).
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure about what they can/cannot see
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure whether they will/will not store the scanned images
  • TSA personnel weren’t sure if the radiation from the scanner is bad for health.
  • And they were picking mostly women! So wasn’t sure if the person watching the scanned images did that deliberately or not!

And tell me I was wrong after reading this story from today.

Update: I am not alone! Check this out!

November 7, 2010

Thanimai(Loneliness, தனிமை)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — yaadayaada @ 7:13 pm

Saw Thanimai, a tamil drama staged by Krea yesterday. What a treat! It was just perfect, the acting, dialogues, direction.. Enjoyed it thoroughly! We watched it thanks to a friend (who is one of the main characters in the play) who highly recommended it. We are glad we listened to him and saw the play. It is about the loneliness of a aging parent. But wait, it is not one of those depressing plays. Very nicely done with lot of funny lines. The way, they go between the 1970s flashback and the current day is wonderful. And very cleverly the play doesn’t take any sides and state just the facts and the play ends on a positive note. So it is enjoyable overall! Deepa,Navin, Sathish acted so well. The person who played Sathish’s wife was so cute and was just perfect for the part. The chittappa character was so real. Wish we had taken our parents with us, they would have enjoyed the play. (Unfortunately the play was the same day they were leaving back for India). We dropped them off at the airport and went to see Thanimai! How strange is that?

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November 5, 2010

Happy Deepavali 2010!

Filed under: festival, memories — Tags: , , , , — yaadayaada @ 2:21 pm

Wish you all a wonderful Deepavali!

This year, my contribution to Deepavali has been just the eating part since parents are here! Mom took care of all the sweets and snacks! So here it is!

Happy Deepavali!

November 4, 2010

I am famous!

Filed under: Rant — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 6:50 pm

Was bloghopping this morning and went to from Parul’s as he is one of the winners. While browsing through his posts, guess what I encounter, Surprise! Surprise!  My golu from last year!
Here it is at his blog

Have left a comment in his post.

p.s. First thing I did was check to see if my husband is blogging behind my back and he is not! Good for him! So I think I don’t know this person. Even if I know you, that is my bommai, my golu! Don’t have problem sharing the photographs but have a big problem sharing my golu credits. Because that is MINE MINE MINE!

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