At times I feel like I’m living in a weird movie that if taken without copious amounts of coffee would lead to the utter collapse of Western Civilization (ok, maybe not that extreme!). Any week that combines a full moon Monday with a Friday the 13th will now be spent under covers. Or in suit of armor. Then I caught up on the news of the week. Apparently one Girl Scout is boycotting (and asking others to do the same) the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Look, I get that she is a kid: I don’t like a kid being politicized (either one!). Adults need to step in here. Girl Scouts from the time of, oh Juliette Low, have always been somewhat left-of-center. And have always welcomed member and often with scholarship dollars to make sure all kids have the opportunity. Radical, no, wait, inclusive. This shouldn’t be a headline: it should be a teaching moment. We don’t all have to agree on a topic, on an issue but we all need to learn civility and that really, everybody is welcome. It’s not about religion: it’s about being kind and decent to each other. The world is hard enough without encouraging our children to boycott each other. Go buy a box of thin mints.
Oh, and why you are at it, buy a cupcake. And go through a security line and report back. In the update to Cupcake gate, a friend of mine appears on Fox and Friends (snark noted) because she dared to bring through a food item. Look, before I get blasted by 394950 people about “it’s a new world” and “you are a fool”. Back up to the start of the story: Rebecca brought through two cupcakes. Both cleared Logan TSA (which flying out of Logan 10 or so times a year, I can say, there are post 9/11 screenings which are not found in other airports, two of the planes left from here). Returning from Vega$, the one remaining was a “security threat”. Ok, maybe the glass is questionable: wait, you can buy a Starbucks mug in airports. Ok, maybe the ganache was more than 3oz (wait, the jar can fit into a Ziploc bag). Ok, maybe the TSA policies are not clear enough? Bingo. Don’t blame the agent: the guidelines are unclear (and if you don’t believe me, ask Rebecca, it was her cupcake and she has never slammed the agent). Look, I cleared TSA in KC with the WRONG boarding pass (you know, that license and boarding pass check). I was told by TSA that “happens all the time, but don’t worry, we still screen you” (um). So, clearing TSA with the wrong boarding pass is OK, but damn, those cupcakes.
It’s a mad world people. Thank God the Packers are still playing. Cheese, Cookies and Cupcakes. Perfect halftime snack.