Dec 062018
 
What Part of "Trusted Traveler" Does the TSA Not Understand?

I belong to the US/Canadian Nexus trusted/known traveler program.  That involved filling out a form, and then being personally interviewed by both US and Canadian ICE officials, at the end of which, and after paying a generous fee, I received a special Nexus card to allow me fast-track passage through the US/Canadian border crossings.  It […]

Nov 022018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 November, 2018

Good morning I hope your Halloween was enjoyable.  My long dark driveway (and, ahem, German Shepherd) tend to keep the number of trick and treaters down to a very small number each year, but Anna always manages to score an impressive amount of candy as she does her rounds (as well as sweeping up all […]

Oct 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and […]

Aug 312018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 August, 2018

Good morning Welcome to another Labor Day Weekend and, sadly, the end of another summer.  I’ve been alternating between days with the a/c on and then a day with the heaters on, and soon there’ll be no question which way to set the thermostat at all. In an interesting counter-current, although the US is producing […]

Aug 242018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 August, 2018

Good morning The rapid passing of time is never more noticeable than on this day each year, it being today my daughter’s 14th birthday.  As many as you of course know, possibly with grandchildren as well as children, one looks at one’s children with amazement, still vividly remembering what they were like so many years […]

Aug 152018
 
Much Nonsense About the Horizon Air Plane Theft

Friday evening’s theft of an airplane was almost as strange as the reactions that inevitably followed.  Let’s first talk about the facts of what happened, then move on to the ‘expert’ commentaries and opinions.  And, as a bonus on what has become a lengthy article, let’s also look at a similar but different incident that […]

Aug 102018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 August, 2018

Good morning I hope your summer is proceeding apace and that you’re not being impacted by the fires and smoke coming from them that seem to be filling so much of California at present. We have the usual sprinkling of fires here in WA too, but orders of magnitude less than the 300,000+ acre main […]

Aug 032018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 August, 2018

Good morning We were silent last week; not because there was nothing to write about, but instead due to the matter I’d foreshadowed over several recent newsletters coming to the fore – it turned out that what I’d thought to be ‘only’ computer viruses was actually a determined attack on our computer servers, not by […]