andrew schneider investigates

February 8, 2009

Chainsaw in airport and other tidbits.

Filed under: Random observations — Andrew Schneider @ 22:20

I’m back in Seattle.

Traveling to the other coast is always a broadening experience for me. Not only because of the abundance of food that somehow never makes it to the Northwest (think delicatessen) but because of the strangeness that seems to flourish on the side of the country where the sun rises first.

For example:

Many of the glitziest bars in both New York City and Washington, DC are showing non-stop financial news instead of the fifth repeat of the Thai soccer playoffs or whatever else ESPN usually sends to the TV receivers attached to all flat surfaces.

“The non-stop, doom and gloom financial bulletins seem to be much better for the business of serious drinking,” a DC bartender explained to me.

* * * *

It looks like President Obama’s honeymoon is over if you judge by what the vendors of political souvenirs are selling to the tourists.

* * * *

Yes, the photo below does show a man in the security line at Washington’s National Airport carrying a chain saw. No. I don’t know what the fun-loving TSA inspectors did because my plane was leaving and I couldn’t wait.

(And, yes, I do know that officially the airport is in Virginia and is called Reagan, but some of us will never change our old ways.)

* * * *

When I finally got to my gate, the vendor at the news stand was putting the latest edition of Time in the magazine display.

The cover story: “How to Save Your Newspaper.” I couldn’t help noticing that the magazine was barely a third of its normal thickness.

The flight home seemed even longer.

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