TSA allows passengers through checkpoint without being screened


I couldn’t resist sharing a link to this recent news about my favorite three-letter agency. I’m not sure which troubles me more, that the TSA couldn’t be bothered to perform its most basic function, or that such a large part of the traveling public doesn’t recognize the screening is little more than security theater.

Mexican border formalities

If you search the internet for the immigration procedures a U.S. citizen needs to follow when driving to Mexico, you’ll find many different answers. Most of them are outdated. Some of them apply in certain cases and not in others. Few of them are authoritative. One common answer is that you don’t need a so-called “tourist … Continue reading Mexican border formalities

Why Mexicali?

While we were eating lunch last Sunday, Kathryn caught me off guard by asking how I learned about the Cantonese restaurants in Mexicali. She had been looking at her Instagram account and was prompted by a comment she received on a photo of the previous day’s lunch. The commenter apparently felt eating Chinese food in Mexico was a sketchy undertaking. … Continue reading Why Mexicali?

Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexicali

It’s Sunday morning, so we’re heading to Mass at the Cathedral. We’re a little early thanks to light traffic in Mexicali this time of the day. I have six bars of 4G service here because we’re literally a couple hundred feet from the U.S. You can see the border fence in the photo below. The … Continue reading Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexicali

El Rincón de Panchito, Mexicali

Earlier today we enjoyed our first ever Mexican Cantonese meal. We had pollo mongol — a chicken dish with peppers and peanuts — and pork chow mein. No complaints about the food, except that we could have ordered half as much food and still have stuffed ourselves. The service was friendly. Between the server’s broken … Continue reading El Rincón de Panchito, Mexicali

Dining like royalty in Gila Bend

A couple times a year, my good friend Dan — an occasional commenter on this blog — travels to Arizona with his mom to spend a week or so with his aunt in Yuma. Typically during those visits he leaves the ladies in Yuma for a day and drives to Phoenix to see Kathryn and me. We were expecting … Continue reading Dining like royalty in Gila Bend

Eye in the sky on the street

Between the overhead cameras and the ever-present security personnel, you expect to be under constant surveillance when you’re in a Las Vegas casino. Recently I’ve noticed the surveillance extending to the street as well. This mobile surveillance station, courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was seen on the northeast corner of Las Vegas … Continue reading Eye in the sky on the street