Adventures in Airports


A notorious over-packer, I recently flew back from a 2-day trip to Seattle with a suitcase weighing in at 49.5 lbs. – one shoe away from the overweight charge.  And that’s not to mention anything of my second suitcase.

Travel this weekend, I was determined, would be different.

Flying to Kansas City on Friday night, I did something I have never done before – I ONLY CARRIED ON.  One small roller suitcase in the overhead bin – and no waiting at the baggage claim!  Brilliant!

But on the way back, things were a little different.

Remember how my mom is especially fond of sending me away with a suitcase of frozen food?  This time, it was a pork tenderloin – a large, cylindrical, vacuum-sealed piece of meat.  I am not entirely sure how to cook a pork tenderloin, but still: lucky me!

Until I got to security.

Wouldn’t you know, the guards saw something a little “suspicious” in the x-ray of my suitcase.

And there, in front of God and everyone, they unzipped my bag to find the culprit.

“Uh, Ron, we’re gonna need to run this through again.”

“What is it?”

“Looks like a piece of meat.”

I stood by, compliant and taciturn, as my precious hog was passed from hand to hand, back to the beginning of the machine.  Everyone in line behind me looked at me with a collective, “Seriously?”




  1. Greta on June 1, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Hahaha! That’s funny. :)

  2. Bethany Michelle on June 1, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Hahahaha!! I can’t stop giggling. My co-workers think I’m nutty…

    Also, my mom has a delish recipe for pork tenderloin – it’s one of Steph’s and my faves! I’ll ask her for it and send it your way :)

  3. Christy on June 1, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Starting my day off right… spitting out my oatmeal laughing at your hysterical blog! Thanks for the joyous albeit messy start to my day!

  4. Deborah Barnett on June 1, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    did it pass? I mean, did you get to keep it?

    What time’s dinner?

  5. Alissa on June 1, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    So glad I did not have a full mouth of coffee when reading this. I can only imagine the eye rolls and heavy sighs you had to endure. Too funny.

  6. Shannon on June 1, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    I almost spit my poptart out laughing so hard.

    …and can I just say I love your mom. That’s a good woman to send you off with a piece of meat. Seriously.

  7. Sarah Kate on June 1, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    I tried to carry on a coffee grinder once. It was a gift and I was taking it home. The dialogue went: “Uh, I don’t know, looks like this one has a motor.”
    I got to carry it through once I explained the situation.

  8. rachel on June 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    hahaha vacuum-sealed pork tenderloin in your carry-on is classic. too bad you couldn’t JUST check that.

  9. Mom on June 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    bahahaha! I never thought about those x-ray machines! But, now that your “precious hog” is home, let Debbie tell you how to cook it.
    And invite her over to help eat it. I’m obsessed with her cooking blog. Makes me want to actually be a good cook in my new empty nested life in CoSprings.

  10. Greg on June 1, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Pork tenderloin is delicious and SUPER easy to cook… goes great with tons of stuff.

  11. Deborah Barnett on June 1, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    ah… Mom! That makes me smile!

  12. ash on June 1, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    amazingness. made me laugh. :) it was wonderful to see you, and thanks for sitting beside me in church.
    love you!

  13. Sarah on June 2, 2009 at 2:47 AM

    Oh my gosh. I needed a good giggle… thank you :).

    The most exciting thing to happen to me in an airport was a 4 hour layover in SLC. Yep, that’s it.

    ***Knock on wood!!!*** I aim to keep it that way!

  14. annie on June 2, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    Love it. Love it. Love it!

  15. Anniebelle (Annie Cho) on June 2, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Hahaha… My mom did the exact same thing! I had to travel with a cooler full of Korean short ribs and other stuff she made for me and froze. For me.

    Lucky, lucky girls are we!

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