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    I just returned from Las Vegas. My 30+ year old son and I went to the SEMA automotive show. We had scheduled this over a year ago before he and his wife were expecting my first grandbaby.

    Since we had already prepaid some expenses, cancellation was not a reasonable option. My wife and I offered to babysit his 4-month-old son but that was not a viable option.

    So, Bobby Aldo and I went. I have not flown in quite a while and I am not too thrilled by the concept of flying mainly because of the TSA inspection. My last trip to Oklahoma in 2009, I was selected for additional inspection by the Barney Fife version of Bubba. I was wearing belt, suspenders (I don't trust anything that tries to fight gravity) and knee brace. Bubba wanted to see the knee brace and I had no choice but to drop "trou" right there in the inspection area to show him. For some reason, the inspection was a short one and he allowed me to pass. Also, I have been told that fixed wing aircraft cannot auto-rotate to the ground in case of loss of power. Alex J. Ortolano can explain the concept of auto-rotate

    The details of the trip are not important but I am happy to report that I did not come back broke.




    I did find what could be my next commuter vehicle.



    And the last thing I can report is that someone is making money by getting Patent No. 7,041,042 on the sickness bag which is in the seatback pocket. I have never seen one of these used, but if every seat on every airplane has one, it could be a good annuity for retirement.

    My only concern is that I am not sure that they actually check every seat pocket after every flight and if some unsuspecting flyer on Southwest finds the need to use the bag, I hope he is not sitting in Seat 22D when the need arises. Most people don't like to sit in the back of the plane but Seat 22D is close to the "old man facilities on the plane".

    This complete post should be in the Category of TMI (Too Much Information) but since there is no TMI category on BCN yet, It can be found in the "Somebody's Laughing" category if it is needed for evidence in my commitment proceedings.

    This post approved for posting by Bobby Tony (2015)


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