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The Dangers Of Literature

Back in England, getting over jet lag, and trying to return to “normal” today:

Home again. Office. Potton, England. Photo by me, 2019.]

As I do so, this “book story” is I think worth a mention:

[War and Peace, paperback. It traveled across America with me. Photo by me, Potton, England, 2019.]

Flying within the US, that classic novel got me, uh, “in trouble” – twice.

Two weeks ago at Albany Airport checking in to fly to Jackson Hole, and then again leaving Jackson Hole last week on the way back to NY: It prompted US TSA officers to search my carry on. On the return trip, the Jackson Hole guy said nothing about it, but just opened it. By then, though, I knew, err, “the story.”

Outbound, the TSA guy at Albany Airport (at about 6 AM) had been hilarious. He opened my rucksack, ignored everything else in it, pulled the book out, and thumbed through it.

[War and Peace, paperback. It traveled across America with me. Photo by me, Potton, England, 2019.]

He needed to ascertain it was REALLY a paperback. He said the security machine couldn’t penetrate it.😂 Having manually determined it was indeed only a MASSIVELY THICK book, he smiled as he put it back into my rucksack and said, “Some light reading.”

I replied: “I’ve been working through it for over six months. It is worth it.”

Laughing, he came back to me, “I suppose it’s a good thing to read those books we all hear about so you can decide for yourself.” And he wished me a good trip.

And you have a good day – and try to keep cool (it’s apparently gonna be a super hot one here in Britain) – wherever you are.😊