I get angered by “The Man!” When
we win the lottery (according to my wife, its only a matter of time), I’m going
to build a custom chopper that is so incredibly cool, I’ll only feel the need
to actually take it out of the garage on very rare occasions. Parades would qualify, but a desert road trip
down Route 66, bootlegging a case of fine Whiskey westward was more in keeping
with my dream. Anyway, when that happens,
I’ll be wearing a helmet. I will wear
the helmet only because I like my head the way it is, not because “The Man” says I have to! I don’t believe the government should mandate
that people wear them. If you’re foolish
enough to buzz around at 70mph without a helmet, that’s your business.
There are a
host of other ridiculous rules imposed by “The Man” that frustrate
me, and most of them seem to have to do with travel. Take the massive “knee jerk”
reaction of our government to some of the details from the events of 911… I’m
not talking about our invasion of
later, I still can’t carry a liquid, a Zippo lighter, or a finger nail clipper
onto an airplane! I’m angry that Home
Depot employees now carry box cutters with stunted rounded tip blades that only
extent 1/4 of an inch so they don’t hurt themselves (they can’t cut boxes very
Anyway, to relieve
the frustrations that build around this issue, I’m always looking out for a
legitimate path to reason through this jungle of madness. For example, I got all excited when I found a
way to carry a lighter with me on a plane trip, and I don’t even smoke!
You my not feel the
energy yet, but you’re looking at one of the coolest travel gizmos I’ve seen in
a long time! Prometheus
© makes a neat
little case for lighters that’s crush proof, waterproof to 100 feet, and
airtight. It is DOT approved for
passenger planes and you can now take your lighter (in a checked bag) with you
on the plane. I thought it would make a
nice waterproof case for boat trips too, to put your digital camera in, or some
matches, whatever. I’ve been caught in
the rain with my little digi-cam a few times, running around hunched over while
trying to keep it dry is not fun.
liquids. I’m not a high maintenance
super-model with a gallon of liquid makeup by any stretch of the imagination. I am interested; however, in traveling home
with certain carbonated beverages that don’t react well to an absence of
atmospheric pressure. I’m talking about beer!
Put a beer in your carry on and it will be promptly removed (I don’t
have a problem with that, necessarily).
Put one in your checked back and “POP” you’ll have beer scented
suitcase and clothes when you arrive.