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April 7th, 2008


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02:31 pm - No one at the TSA likes the priest of a fire-cult
It is an interesting experience, seeking to travel across the country by plane. With the security standards in place, you have to check and see if everything you wish to take is, indeed, still allowed since the last time you flew, or if the things you wanted to take last time but could not are now allowed.

I pack very light when I travel. I no longer check bags, and I have never had to do without. I do, however, travel with a lot of ritual gear. When I saw that there are no shopping areas near the Desert Magic Festival this year and the point after that is "bring offerings!" I started to think about this again.

You can bring one book of "safety" matches on a plane. I didn't find anything (outside the general restrictions on liquids) on the TSA pages about highly flammable liquids (whisky and everclear, anyone?), candles, or other things of that nature. In general, I presume that makes it "okay."

Then again, I have found a new tin for my portable altars, which might just wow the TSA into submission, if they're of the correct generation.

It becomes more complicated, too. While I will (thankfully) be on the ground at sunset on May 8 (that was planned, right druidkirk?), I won't have any way to light a fire, which just makes things ever more inconvenient. Add to this that I will be in the air at sunset on May 12, and I just sort of look at it and sigh. They really frown on open flames on planes.

Stay tuned to your local news about the freak accident involving a strip-search of a fire priest by the TSA and strike-anywhere matches.
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From:rfunk
Date:April 7th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Maybe you should add some flint and steel and tinder to your kit.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, but then they'll know I'm up to something. If they even know what flint and steel can do.

Could be worse: I could be carrying a MacBook Air. . .
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From:rfunk
Date:April 7th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Ah, but you're thinking in terms of "flint & steel & tinder", rather than a flint rock in this pocket, a little steel bar in that other pocket, some scraps of paper over there....
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I could, but I'm very particular about never being apart from my altar, and fire, as we've determined, is actually vital to our practice. I'm almost to the point of obsession, which is how I ended up with altars that could fit in my back pocket in the first place. I think I really just need to find a plastic case that won't set off the detectors and carry everything in that.
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From:chellyisme
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
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But then it's plastic... at least go wooden.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Indeed, I may. The advantage of plastic is that it can be made a lot smaller, though. And really, it's not the vehicle, so much as the destination.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
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No, officer: that's not an altar filled with questionable ritual gear in my pocket.

I'm totally just happy to see you.

my, you look good in that uniform. . .
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
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If one bats their eyelashes at the right person, they can get away with anything.

Skill is primarily involved in discerning who you should bat them at. . .
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From:tesinth
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I see, plan on flying across the country just to avoid helping me move, I see how you are... :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Totally. I booked these tickets back in January when I knew before you would, just so I would seem innocent when it came up.

Wait, did I just type that out loud?
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I had an agent go through my altar, find some leafy green stuff, and look at me, dead serious, and say, "This isn't pot or anything like that, is it?"

It was the seriousness with which he said it that stuck out at me, particularly because I knew he was going to take me at my word as soon as he said it.

But yeah, he pawed all the way through it. When I told him it was an altar, he seemed to take more care, though, which was nice.

I should call the airport and ask if they have lighters. I just. . . I like my matches soooooo much!
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From:dragynphyre
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
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this reminds me, I need to call Continental and see if I can use some of the huge amount of miles I've banked to fly out to Tuscon...
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 7th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
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indeed you do!
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From:dragynphyre
Date:April 7th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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That's actually the very last bit I need to do - have gotten the time off from work and pre-reg'ed for DMF already. Last year it was the other way around. Used the fact that I had non-refundable plane tickets as my wedge to make sure I got the days off ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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They're about $3 at the Central Classrooms bookstore :)
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From:spottedtoad
Date:April 8th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
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Looking forward to seeing your portable set-up at Desert Magic. I have been putting mine off for far too long.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I'll bring a couple of examples for you to see :) I have several. Originally, I was asked to do a workshop on that, but it's since changed. The title is cooler now, though :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 9th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Off topic, Nine Virtues Illustrations

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Thanks: I just grabbed them!

I see that I have a couple other edits to do (minor things), that have been requested. I will likely add these in when I do my next update (with CafePress, I can do the update on the fly).

I think that these might go nicely in a revised version of the Virtues book, too. How shall I credit you?
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 9th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Off topic, Nine Virtues Illustrations

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You might find this page useful: http://www.chronarchy.com/mjournal/virtues/virtues.html

Scroll to the bottom and you'll find a number of quotes I've picked up over the years that you might like :)

just let me know when you're done: I'd love to get a chance to steal (I mean, use) all Nine!

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