Why are liquids banned? and other questions answered in pictures

In honour of the tenth anniversary of the war on moisture, I dug out this series of “explanations” for why airline security is the way it is, presented in elementary school history project format.  The universal theme: knee-jerk reaction.  They were hanging on the wall behind the security checkpoint in Maui, so I can only assume they’re official explanations from the TSA.

In case you were wondering, liquids are banned because of… Tang and hair bleach.

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My first solo flight

I’ve always wanted to learn to fly. About a year ago, I realized that I will probably never find an airport more convenient than Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) and so I started taking lessons.

Up until now, I’ve had the comfort of having a trained instructor sitting at the controls next to me.  It was a little unnerving seeing the seat empty for the first time.
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The Empire Sandy in the Welland Canal

I’ve seen the Empire Sandy before, but I’m not sure where or when.  She was motoring North, up the Welland Canal in Port Colborne at dusk with a whole crowd of people on board.  I thought she looked pretty impressive as she passed under the Clarence Street bridge.


I was reminiscing about sitting in high school math class, watching the big ships going up and down the canal. If the room was silent enough, you could feel the vibration of their engines mixed in with din of the air conditioning system.

I had forgotten how silent the bridges are in comparison.  The entire bridge lifts and descends in near silence.


As an aside, I recall doing fairly well in that math class.


Rainbow over green fields


We were driving somewhere between Welland and Port Colborne when I made us turn the car around to go back to get a shot of the rainbow that had made a full arc from one side of view to the other.

I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a full 180-degree half-circle of a rainbow, just like in emoticons.  It leads to real indecision about which way to go to find the pot of gold.


The Lily


The lighting was somehow perfect and the winds still enough for me to get this shot from the side of the canoe while paddling around Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park.