The trip here was a little bit more stressful than expected. I found out the night before the flight that my tickets were “stand by” and not official tickets and worse off, the flight was booked. Needless to say, I was a bit anxious because I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it onto the plane. While scanning my ticket information, I found it somewhat comical that there was $2.50 charge for what was labelled as “SEPT 11 Security Fee.”
As someone who researches conspiracy theories, especially in the realm of technocracy my awareness was heightened as I went through the TSA line. It’s simply odd that as we approach the naked body scanners, the officers shout out “Take off belts, shoes, everything in your pockets, jackets…laptops in a bin by itself, all liquids must be put in a bin…” But before I got to the scanners, I had to get through the officer who was manually looking at ID’s and boarding passes. What is really funny and awkward is seeing these officers take on the role of authority. On one hand, I’m glad they do. But on the other hand, is it really necessary to do the brow raising triple check? ID, my face, ID, my face, ID, my face.
After the stoic officer let me through, it was time to strip down. Again there is an element of humor when you join a line of folks furiously taking off their belts and shoes while ripping through their luggage to pull out the liquids etc. Once we got in line for the scanner, the officers were instructing us to stand on some markers and hold your arms with forming a diamond with your hands. Now, perhaps I’m reading into it a bit too far, but COME ON! What does a “diamond” shape formed by the hands look like?
Oh, just the illuminati symbol. So you could image what’s going through my head as I see one individual after another step into this body scanner holding up the illuminati symbol! Again, maybe I’m just reading into it a bit too far, but the whole thing was mind blowing. Maybe they asked us to form a diamond to be more discreet because if they told us to form a triangle, all the conspiracy wackos would go berserk? I personally tried not to form that “diamond” and went for a more “W” shape with my hands, not letting my finger tips touch to form that capstone at the top.
Once we made it through TSA, I literally had to “stand by” the terminal gate to see if I had a seat on the plane. Thank the good Lord! I got a seat and now I am here in Branson.
Today, I went to go check out the conference grounds for the Prophecy Summit. I was the only one there, along with the facilities crew of the hotel setting up for the event. Tomorrow morning, the plan is to steak out a great booth location for myself and Doug and go hang out with some folks to see if I can’t pick their brain about various issues.
Basil and I also hope to do a Canary Cry Radio episode tonight via Skype, so hopefully I can have that ready to go and posted by tomorrow morning.