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Heading Out to DragonCon [Aug. 27th, 2014|06:31 pm]
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The family will be at home, along with aging Cleo-cat and Mac the equine drama queen.  But I will be on my way tomorrow morning, with some intermediate stops before reaching the airport.   DragonCon is always a blast, and I've missed it the past few years as I was supporting the local group putting on WorldCon in San Antonio.   This will be the first time I've flown in years (since I realized that I got sick every time I flew to a convention but not when I drove or rode the train, and I'm hoping to avoid the same kind of whatever that I got before.  Though I suspect it's endemic to the whole flying thing these days (the insane crowding on planes, the way passengers are treated, and the stress of all that constant scare-stuff on the PSAs in the airport.)  We shall see.  If I get sick this time, then I'll just take the train in the future.  It's far more pleasant.

Meanwhile, writing and knitting continue.  I'm taking knitting, but not writing, on the trip.   And now--back to packing, the final cleanup, and the running through checklists in the hope of not forgetting anything this time--either things I need, or things I should not have in my carry-on.   Deciding which socks to wear tomorrow, since they'll be on view when my shoes are in the container.  The TSA rules SAY that knitting--needles, yarn, tools and all--is OK, so I'm taking the current pair of socks-in-progress and my knitting kit to ease the misery of spending several hours in the airport.  A friend's dropping me off and we have to work around her doctor appointment.  Better earlier than later.

Back Monday night if all goes well.  Not taking anything to go online with, as I'll be too busy and frazzled anyway.

[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2014-08-27 11:33 pm (UTC)
Safe travels, ma'am!
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From: (Anonymous)
2014-08-28 12:35 am (UTC)

Safe Journey

A safe journey to you, free of germs and traveling jerks (people who think it is okay to stick their elbows in your space in those portable sardine cans they call airline seats)

Ed Bunyan.
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From: cainle_bean
2014-08-28 02:18 am (UTC)
I hope you have a great trip. We live less than 2 hours from there. I work weekends now so most cons are hard for me to make. Plus over the last decade I have developed an issue with crowds, found out about it at DC a few years ago.

We do hit the local smaller cons, but I do miss getting to see people I would otherwise not be able to see.
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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2014-08-28 09:55 am (UTC)
I live in Atlanta, but am traveling to Seattle to visit my son instead of Dragon*Con, knitting and ebooks with me for the journey. I do wish I could see your presentations. Hope all goes well.
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[User Picture]From: shanna_s
2014-08-28 02:57 pm (UTC)
I had double-pointed knitting needles with me on my last flight, in my carry-on bag, and no one so much as blinked at security, in two different airports. You should be okay.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-09-02 02:16 am (UTC)
Knitting stuff went through without a hitch. The knitting stuff's owner/knitter, who had managed to leave her driver's license at home, found hitches in her way but surmounted them.
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[User Picture]From: kkatowll
2014-09-02 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh good, I'd just come to your LJ to see if you managed to persuade the airline gods to take you home!
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From: (Anonymous)
2014-08-30 01:35 pm (UTC)

Airplanes and health

The crowding and scare-tactics certainly don't help--but one of the big causes is what the industry was able to do with air circulation on planes when smoking was banned on all flights. Essentially, you're flying in a stew of stale, trapped air that holds whatever everyone else is or was breathing. Those with respiratory issues to begin with are especially at risk. From what I've read, this was a big cost-savings for the airlines--but as usual, the customers (and the flight crew employees) are who get to pay for it.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-09-02 02:17 am (UTC)

Re: Airplanes and health

If airline passengers were still smoking, I'd get sick from that, too. I used to...tobacco smoke gives me a sore throat, stuffed nose and sinuses, splitting headache, and eventually nausea.
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