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Has this ever happened to you? Is it a TSA thing?

My family member checked a run-of-the-mill black suitcase through, from Tucson to Dallas, non-stop. When he checked it in at the airport ticket counter, nothing was attached to the bag that would distinguish it, in any way. It was secured with a TSA-approved lock.

When he arrived at Dallas and got to the luggage area, he watched a suitcase like his, but with a red bandanna tied to it, circle the carousel four times before he realized that it had to be his. And it was, in fact, his suitcase. I don't know if it's relevant but his bag arrived right next to a bag of the exact same make, model, and color but one size smaller. The smaller bag was not similarly festooned with a bandanna. He asked a baggage area employee to remove the bandanna from his suitcase. I'm not sure why he felt this was necessary--maybe, because it creeped him out.

Anyway, nothing seems to be missing from his suitcase (he did a brief inspection before putting it in his rental car) but who would have tied a bandanna to his luggage and why???
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Aug 4, 2013, 03:43 PM (38 replies)

Does anyone remember seeing this old house in Kansas City, Kansas?

I took the picture at least 23 years ago. I don't remember exactly where the house was but it appeared to be abandoned, at the time. Maybe it's not there anymore. I wish I knew. There's something eerie, desolate, about the place. It must have stories. I wonder who built it.

Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Jul 14, 2013, 09:15 AM (24 replies)

Rachel Maddow was in Tucson, tonight.

Centennial Hall at the UofA was packed. I don't believe that one seat was empty. Rachel spoke about her book, Drift, then she answered audience questions that had been pre-selected from an email solicitation that went out to ticketholders.

She's an amazing force.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Apr 7, 2013, 02:11 AM (2 replies)

Vegan tofu scramble--any suggestions to change it up?

I sauteed the following ingredients in EVOO:

chopped chard
shredded carrots
black beans
chopped onion and garlic
chopped pecans
chopped red bell pepper
Italian seasoning
tofu (duh)

Then, at the end, I seasoned the whole thing with Teriyaki sauce. All ingredients were fresh except for the corn (frozen) and the beans (canned).

I had it for dinner, tonight, and I'll probably take some to work, tomorrow, along with some tortillas from a little market just north of downtown Tucson.

I think this is one of those dishes that can be endlessly experimented with. What would you add, take away, or change? I'd love some suggestions.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:06 PM (6 replies)

Here's a picture....

There is a Spanish or Mexican term for a man who ravishes a beautiful woman and carries her away. Or maybe he rescues her. Or maybe the connotation of the term lies somewhere between "ravisher" and "rescuer." But, for the life of me, I can't remember the word. Any guesses? Here's a picture that illustrates what I'm talking about.

Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Mar 16, 2013, 08:53 PM (29 replies)

Help, please! What's a reasonable alternative to Verizon cellular phone service?

They've held me hostage long enough and I'd like to switch. I need unlimited (if possible) talk, text, and data for me and my son. I'd consider moving over to Credo, if the reception is adequate in my area (Tucson/Southern Arizona) and if the coverage is decent enough to use while traveling.

Any local experience and/or suggestions?

Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:56 AM (9 replies)

Thank you for the heart...you know who you are!

If you reveal yourself via PM, I will keep your secret.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:56 AM (0 replies)

A family member is traveling to Paris, soon. I have an electrical adapter question. :)

I've seen American/French adapters at Radio Shack. Is it sufficient to get one or two of those?

My family member will be taking some electric hairstyling tools, including a curling iron, a straightener, and a blow dryer. Should she have something more than a simple adapter in order to operate the blow dryer? It is labeled 125/250 V AC 60 Hz 1875 W. That's the styling tool I'm most concerned about because it has a motor.

The straightener is labeled both 120 V~60 Hz 177 W and 120 V~60 Hz 44 W.

The curling iron is labeled 120 V AC 60 Hz 14 W.

She will be staying with a host family in what I assume is a modern flat. I want to ensure that she doesn't catch anything on fire or short out her family's electrical system.

Any advice from fellow DUers with experience in this area would be so appreciated.

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:30 AM (7 replies)

Is YouTube down?

Or is it just me?
Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:18 AM (2 replies)

Hand over the kittens and nobody gets hurt!

And please hurry! Kittens are the only antidote to the crazy gun talk (pro and con) all over DU. Better yet, I think I'll just stay in the lounge for the rest of the night.

Posted by Fridays Child | Mon Dec 17, 2012, 09:49 PM (38 replies)
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