The Other Daughter

A blog by Lara Jackson’s sister

Archive for April, 2011

Dear John

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 26, 2011

Dear Starbucks,
We had a good, long run. Well, that’s a lie. We had a good, short run, but I hung on through quite a bit of bad . . . I didn’t know what else was out there and you were conveniently available. Though you regularly disappointed me, I kept coming back.

I mean, it was easy when I worked with you. I could make my own perfect cappuccino foam, and drink anything I wanted for free. Free coffee beans for home, so even on my days off, I never strayed. That was clever. Why would I drink coffee from anyone else? — I always had free Starbucks. Only now do I recognize that subtle manipulation.

Then I had to stop working with you, because I had to go back to school. But you were at school; two locations, one on either side of the building where I had all my classes.

This is when things went downhill.  Yes, I visited you because you were convenient, but afterwards, I was always filled with regret.  You must have noticed my growing dissatisfaction, because you tried to buy me back with gifts.  First you gave me extra points for having a registered Starbucks card, but then I realized the points didn’t actually mean anything, especially compared to my Boloco card.

Then you gave me this:

A super-shiny gold card with my name on it.

So . . . I’m a girl.

Which means, I am attracted to shiny things.

The name was a nice addition, because it declared:


And it came in the mail, directly to my house.

Girls like that kind of attention.

I mean, when someone gives you a shiny gold thing just for you, that means commitment– right??

Oddly enough, the presence of gold did not improve the flavor of the coffee.  Nor did it teach the baristas to actually make my drinks correctly or be polite.

So I took that gold card and I cut it in half!

Good-bye Starbucks!


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The Hazards of Flying

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 19, 2011

Completely unrelated to Lara’s swimming, I have become very concerned about TSA searches at airports. Here’s the basic info from TSA on the new types of scanners.

Here’s the image that’s been scaring everybody who reads or watches the news:

Basically the TSA agent remotely viewing the scanner pictures gets a detailed image of what you look like with no clothes on.  TSA is working on changing the image so that it only shows possible dangerous items hidden in your clothing.  But for now, everyone gives the full monty.

I knew the scanners were not in the Austin airport.  But I completely forgot that they might be in the Boston airport.  It didn’t occur to me that Boston wasn’t nearly as enlightened as Austin. Anyway, I get in the security line at Boston Logan only to come right up to the horror-machine:

I have read enough about these that I should have been better prepared.  But in the moment I had to decide, either let them take a naked picture of me, or submit myself to 2nd base with a stranger.  Just to add to the horror, I kept thinking about this video of a 6-yr-old going through the TSA-approved pat-down.  I was filled with dread.  Then I was filled with anger.  I AM A FREAKIN U.S. CITIZEN! HOW DARE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SUBMIT IT’S CITIZENS TO SUCH DEGRADATION!?  And it’s not like this infringement on our rights actually makes us safer!

TSA and Homeland Security must be stopped!

Until then, here’s a list of airports to avoid.  (Also from TSA website.)

Airports who currently have imaging technology:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Boston Logan International
  • Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
  • Boise Airport
  • Bradley International Airport
  • Brownsville
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  • Cleveland International Airport
  • Corpus Christie Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dayton International Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  • Fort Wayne International Airport
  • Fresno Airport
  • Gulfport International Airport
  • Grand Rapids Airport
  • Harrisburg International Airport
  • Harlingen/Valley International Airport
  • Honolulu International Airport
  • Houston William P. Hobby Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Kansas City International
  • LA/Ontario International
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
  • Laredo International Airport
  • Lihue Airport
  • Los Angeles International
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • McAllen Miller Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Memphis International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Mineta San José International
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Omaha Eppley Field Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Palm Beach International Airport
  • Palm Springs International
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Phoenix International Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Port Columbus International
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Rochester International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Saipan International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Sarasota Bradenton International
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Spokane International Airport
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
  • T.F. Green Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Toledo Express
  • Tulsa International Airport

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