Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Homeland Security Declares Condition Pink!

Traveling can be excessively tedious, but I certainly livened up the security line at Hartsfield Airport on our way to Bangkok.

The TSA agent was examining my knitting--half of a size 12 toe-up sock foot.

"What's this?" he asked.
"A willie warmer." I replied.

The agent dropped the item and then, with a mixture of awe, respect, and envy, handed Roy his tray of personal items while I stuffed the sock back into its little bag.

Harry spent 20 minutes removing gold and silver studs from his chelicerae* before the TSA would let him through the spider scanner. He has entirely too many piercings, in my opinion.

* Chelicerae are a pair of appendages that the spider uses to seize and kill its prey. The chelicerae are above the mouth opening and just below the spider's eyes. Each chelicera ends in a hard, hollow, pointed claw, and these claws are the spider's fangs.

23 comments:

Leslie said...

Too dang funny!

Rosa said...

"A Willie Warmer". I peed my pants. Too funny. I wish my dh were interested in knitting enough to want to hear this story. Thanks for the laugh. I wish you well on your trip and procedure.

erasmus (aka jiva) said...

oh yes.. Must try this.

Shea said...

Oh Lord, I laughed so hard at the "willie warmer"! You even got the hubby to laugh at that one and he could care less about knitting humor.

I hope everything is going well. I'm praying for you over here.

Thanks for the comment about my wedding shawl. I'm at the panic point over it. The deadline is coming up way too fast.

GailR said...

Glad your sense of humor is traveling with you and your yarn and all that other stuff.

Please be sure the procedure doesn't remove that. Wishing you a quick and uneventful recovery.

Laura said...

I love the awe and respect your husband has gained! How funny.

Silly Harry. He should have known that much metal needed to be removed before gettin to the gate. I have to tell my husband and child to wear slip on shoes, not the untie-tie ones, every time.

Smitten Knitten said...

I bet he'll think twice about questioning a girl's knitting next time ;). Too funny! I hope Harry learned his lesson and is better prepared for the flight home.

Janice in GA said...

Brilliant. Just... brilliant.

Kristina said...

Wish I had thought of that when I had to go observe a court hearing a few months back and they wanted to confiscate my knitting needles from my bag!

Carol said...

Too funny! hee. Have a good time!

Soo said...

Thanks for the first laugh of the day!!

Treesa said...

Spew Alert!!!!!

ROFLOL!!! now I need to mop up the soda from my monitor. Thanks!!!!

Laritza said...

You are just too funny! Hope things are going well.

LittleBerry said...

Excellent... despite being 'unwell' I see you're still on form.... hope all goes well in BKK... my friend has been many times over the years and not really seen any yarn shops I have tried to get hime to find one... although he thinks he may have seen one in Patpong, but not sure if you want to venture in there...

Jane said...

If you think about it, this would be a great project for people who have "second sock syndrome"! I mean, you only have to knit one, and there is no need for heel turning! Good thing I was not drinking Pepsi when I read your blog post! Hilarious as usual.

Lamzie Divy Woolens said...

My first time posting on your blog. You are so funny, but I'm dying to find out How you are?

Lamzie Divy Woolens said...

My first time posting on your blog. You are so funny, but I'm dying to find out How you are?

Opal said...

Oh that's classic. :-)

Lee Ann said...

You. Are. Brilliant.

Now I wish they'd actually ask me what I'm knitting next time I go through security!

Anonymous said...

Met you at the Atlanta airport in the restaurant/lounge. You were knitting away and I loved the "Willy Warmer" story then. I am sending my best to you and hope the procedure went well. Anxious to hear.

Judith said...

too funny! You realize of course, that the phrase "Homeland Security" will get flagged on an HS computer someplace and you'll have to knit them ALL willie warmers to get rid of them!

renee said...

Hilarious. Seriously, please post to let us know that all went well!

Kym said...

I love to visit your site to see what lovely things you are working on next! Words cannot describe how beautiful your lace knitting is! Works of Art! The Shetland Shawl is fabulous! By the way, my husband would like the pattern for the "Willie Warmer"! Hilarious! Good for you!! Good luck and God Bless!!