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September 15th, 2009
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Airport security*

Italian airport security seems to be based on the premise that, if you are sent through enough security checkpoints - no matter how cursory the checks - that anyone doing bad things will eventually be caught, preferably by Someone Else.

American airport security seems to be based on the premise that, if the bureaucracy is all exposed out front, and the rules are draconian enough, they can reduce wait times by making nobody want to return.

Anyway, we're back on American soil, on the last leg of our trip, and I'm finally sitting down on my first non-moving seat in 48 hours. I've got unloted connectivity on the iPhone again, but can't find a free wifi network for the laptop, so wallyontheroad's continued updates (and the cream of the crop of my 1,400+ photos) will have to wait a little while longer.

Kady and I are diving straight for the red meat now that we're back in the States - love it or hate it, you have to admit that the Italian diet is extremely carb-heavy, and I especially could use some iron to help replace all that blood lost to mosquitoes.

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* Please note that these are unfair generalizations based on a single flight between both countries. Intended for humor value only.

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From:silussa
Date:September 15th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
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But I LIKE high-carb diets! I'd happily put rice, french fries, and potatoes in the same meal (and by potatoes I mean, say, salt and peppered chunks, not more french fries.)
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From:baxil
Date:September 16th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Well, in Italy "carb" basically means "pizza or pasta" (or pastries if it is breakfast time). Roasted potatoes are readily available with meat courses and there are a few rice dishes, but it is wheat products that keep you going. And it is essentially *impossible* to get through the day without multiple servings of Grain Product (With Tomato Sauce), unlike in America, where a fast-food lunch and restaurant dinner might consist breadwise only of the bun on your burger.
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From:xiphias
Date:September 15th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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When there was an emergency on a train outside Rome when we were in Italy a couple years ago, everyone was very professional, efficient, useful and helpful.

Except for the official responders, of course. Everyone ELSE was useful and helpful, but anyone with a uniform was totally useless.
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From:gchpaco
Date:September 15th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I have a story once about being menaced by an Italian with a submachinegun because of my bean bag. (He X-rayed my camera bag, couldn't figure out what that was, made me zip it open and then I showed him it was full of beans. I could see his brain going ".... crazy foreigners. I don't want to know, just get out of my life!". Much more interesting when you don't speak any Italian and have to communicate through gestures).
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From:comingin2day
Date:September 17th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Glad you survived your european trip and the blood loss. Yes, red meat and mad cow disease not a funny thing in europe. Comments, funny. Glad you are home.
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