Sometimes the TSA makes me scratch my head

This is my last day in California… until I’m back, which is relatively soon. It’s not tomorrow soon or anything silly like that but it’s not 4 months from today far away. In any event, I have started thinking about what I’m going to bring back to New York with me and one of those items are my ice skates. I’m worried that I won’t have enough room in my checked luggage (i.e. my only luggage because I only have carry on sized baggage and I’m bringing home liquids, so the stuff has to be checked). As a result of my worries, I went to my favorite website and did a simple search which brought me to the TSA “What’s allowed in your carry on bag”-website. To my surprise, ice skates, figure skates (because apparently they’re different), and roller skates/blades ARE allowed in your carry on luggage. What’s even more surprising is that the TSA thinks a baseball bat is more dangerous than the toe pick on my figure skates. Truth be to told, I’d much rather be beaten with a bat than someones figure skates, but maybe I’m in the minority on this one.

Long story short, the figure skate crisis has been averted because those suckers are coming with me as a personal item. Shazam.

In other news, one of my biggest fears has become a reality: someone (other than myself) read my master’s thesis. Every time I think about my thesis, I always pray that no one will ever google my name and find it because it was really that bad. Seriously, I’m not sure how I even got my masters degree. In any event, my friend read some of it and when he told me he was reading it, I BEGGED him to stop and told him I’d send the better TRB paper, which I will definitely do. It’s kind of cool though, my name is out there now — not on this though, sorry guys.

I think I found a new trivia that I like — I want to go a few more times but I think I found one. It’s a bit out of the way, so getting my regular team to go might be a problem, but if we can get a team of 4 together, it’ll be great. I went last night with the friend who started to read my master’s thesis and we did meh, but in my defense I was exhausted and didn’t know many of the answers. It happens, oh well. There’s always next time. The trivia at this place reminded me of the trivia at the Harp in North Amherst. The trivia master (or whatever you want to call him) was loud and drunk just like Harpo. There were two rounds of 20 questions each, which is like the Harp and it was about 3 hours — like the Harp. It was also at an Irish pub, which is what the Harp is. I miss the Harp and Harpo — a lot.

Alright, I’m at 500 words. I should call it quits for now.

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