So a couple of years ago, I went to Toronto to the INDIGO TEEN READS AWARDS, which were beyond awesome.
And I am traveling again to Book Expo America this week, so I’m rehashing how bad I am about these things.
FIRST PART OF CRAZINESS BEGINS NOW IN PRESENT TENSE EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AGES AGO
So I drive through the dark and fog to the Bangor, Maine airport. Thanks to the super MINI COOPER of AWESOME, I make it there alive despite all this crazy road construction and the fact that I’m technically still asleep because it’s before 6 a.m. Anyone who knows me understands that I am technically asleep at any time before noon. I may talk to you. I may drive a car. I may get on an airplane, but I am still asleep.
Bangor is the home of Stephen King.
This is his house of awesome creepy gateness.
Bangor is also really cute and the airport is adorable. One guy flying into it said in this great Southern accent, “Good Lord, the airport is a double wide!”
The whole plane laughed.
But that was later.
For right now you have to imagine a sleep-zombie Carrie shuffling and smiling through the airport.
NOTE: I am genetically wired to smile all the time. I swear, it is a sickness.
So anyways, I shuffle in and go through TSA and their xray machines. I take out my laptop. I take off my shoes. I smile. I grab my stuff and I go.
I decide to go to the restroom so I can comb my hair because it’s all tangled and still kind of wet. Three minutes of trying to focus at the mirror and then I’m done. I shuffle outside. A TSA guy is coming round the corner.
He actually bounces up on his feet and points at me. “You!”
I stagger backwards and point at my heart. “Me?”
Another three guys come around corners and I think, “Oh my gosh! Am I some sort of high-powered terrorist and I didn’t even know? Is there a Carrie Jones out there who is on the no-fly list or something! Or maybe they actually noticed that my hair is still all wet and tangled and they don’t allow sleep zombies on the plane! Horror! Horror!”
But then I notice that one of the guys is holding my laptop like it’s a sacred object. He presents it to me saying, “You forgot this.”
And that is why the Bangor Airport is made of awesome. It’s awesome because the people in it are kind when you forget the only tool of your trade. It’s awesome because it’s not so massive and big that people forget you are human. It’s awesome because people know that being in an airport and out of your own comfort zone is a little scary sometimes and confusing sometimes and they don’t judge you for that; they almost love you for that.
I wish everywhere was like that.
I wish everyone was like those TSA guys.
I wish everyone had the privilege that I get because I am a really unthreatening white woman with a Muppet voice and whose default face is to smile at everyone.
But, yeah, I basically need a bodyguard so that she/he could:
Tell me when I’m about to forget my computer.
Tell me that the TSA agents are not coming after me because I’m getting in trouble.
Help me untangle my hair, honestly.
If you would like to see me in unsuitable clothes, check out Book Expo America on Friday, June 1 from 11:30 to noon. I’ll be there with a spy who was also a catcher. 🙂
Yep, it’s the part of the blog where I talk about my books and projects because I am a writer for a living, which means I need people to review and buy my books or at least spread the word about them.
I’m super good at public image and marketing for nonprofits but I have a much harder time with marketing myself.
So, please buy one of my books. 🙂 The links about them are all up there in the header on top of the page on my website carriejonesbooks.blog . There are young adult series, middle grade fantasy series, stand-alones for young adults and even picture book biographies.
DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE
And finally, the podcast DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE is still chugging along. Thanks to all of you who keep listening to our weirdness. We’re sorry we laugh so much… sort of. There was a new episode yesterday all about weirdness, writing, living, and laughing too much while podcasting.
DO GOOD WEDNESDAY
This website talks about state-level advocacy on immigration issues. You can get in touch with your state organizations and find out what you can do to help create the country you want.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
1. Call your elected representatives.
2. Learn more about the actual law at the Informed Immigrant website
3. Support ActBlue Charities initiative to Support Kids at the Border or Support The Young Center for Immigrant and Children’s Rights, United We Dream, KIND: Kids in Need of Defense, Lutheran Immigration Services
4.Donate to the ACLU and/or sign its petition to Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and US Border Protection.