3.4 ounces and a Javelin

The fair skinned, red-headed woman stood obediently in the airline security checkpoint line, inching forward with the throng of other travellers at a breathtaking speed comparable to that of a herd of turtles. They were progressing forward toward the greatly anticipated  and highly coveted honor of having themselves scrutinized by total strangers. What would the modus operandi be today…..  a “whole body X-ray scan” or perhaps the exhilarating “puff” machine that is supposed to analyze the particles it blows loose for potential threats. The woman could hardly contain her anticipation! Only time would tell. She ran through her mental checklist as she approached the[…]

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The Smoke Detector Strikes Again!

We all know that we should have smoke detectors somewhere in our houses and offices and anyplace where we are staying. And to be on the safe side you should check them regularly to be sure that they are still in working condition. Most smoke detectors have a button on them that you push and the shrill alarm goes “beep”, just to make sure they are working properly. My mom uses a much simpler way to check them. She cooks! Now, she’s not a bad cook, in fact she has always amazed me with “a dash of this” and a[…]

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?”…..”Are we there yet?”…..”He’s touching me!”….”She’s looking at me!”….”I have to go potty, NOW!”…..”Are we there yet?”….. Ahhh, the endearing sounds that sweetly dance upon the airwaves from the back seat and are a rite of passage handed down from generation to generation of  family travelers for the sole purpose of allowing the younger generation to totally and completely annoy the older generation.  Admit it, we’ve ALL said those words at some point in our lives so who can begrudge our own angelic offspring the opportunity to participate in the same right of passage? And you have to admit that we have[…]

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Graduation on the Face of the Sun!

The woman scanned the arena. Three thousand (or so) students were sitting below her, anxiously awaiting their graduation diplomas. She craned her neck and strained her eyes looking for the one student she was there to see.  Her dear friend was being awarded her PhD today and the woman was not about to get distracted from the presentation….but good grief it was hot in Arizona as the sweat trickled down her forehead….it was July after all.  In the immortal words of Matthew Broderick, “it’s like Africa hot”!  Now, the woman had never been to Africa but she was pretty darn sure that Arizona was at least[…]

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Bugs, Dust, and Flat Screen TV’s

Rrrrrrrrraawwwwwrr!  Rummmmmbbble! Rattle.  Clank! Aaaaachooo!  Sniffle. Sniffle. Buzzzzz.  Buzzzzz. Slap! The woman squinted into the sun that was already streaming in as she rolled over in bed and looked at her watch. 5:07 AM. Seriously? 5:07 AM, on VACATION for Pete’s sake? And then she remembered. This was NOT a vacation in a 5 star hotel (not that she had been to a 5 star hotel but a girl could dream!). No, this was a CAMPING vacation. A camping vacation complete with trains that rattled and roared past the campground all day and night. Complete with dust and allergies, itchy eyes[…]

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Levitated Lavatory Lamentations

The woman had successfully stuffed a week’s worth of clothing, plus all the gifts and trinkets she had purchased while on vacation, into her carry-on bag.  She now awaited security with baited breath… Would she be among the “lucky” souls to win the “Meticulous-Take-Everything-Out-Of-Your-Bag-So-It-Won’t-Fit-Back-In” Lottery? Or perhaps today she would hit the jackpot and be selected for the “Full-Body-Cavity-Search-Extravaganza”! One could only hope….With fingers crossed and breath held in joyous anticipation, she inched closer to the unsmiling uniformed TSA officer. He stood with arms crossed and brow furrowed,  appearing as if at any moment he would utter Gandolf’s commanding cry, “YOU SHALL[…]

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Spring Newsletter

My 2012 Spring Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how “Love Me Tender” could turn rapidly into “Jailhouse Rock” (enjoying your favorite music could land you in legal and financial trouble). Review ways to protect your personal belongings while travelling (Spring Break is almost upon us, after all…yeah!) Explore the affordability of life insurance, the availability of pet insurance, and much, much more! You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy!Do you have a topic you would like to see addressed in our next issue?

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Geez Jeanie, We’re in France!

Once upon a time, in the dark ages before GPS devices, a young married couple sit in the backseat of a motorhome/camper, her parents occupy the front. They’ve embarked on a vacation of a lifetime with The Dad is driving on the German Autobahn and The Mom is navigating. Armed with her trusty paper road map, The Mom is attempting to detour around the large town of Karlsruhe, Germany because The Dad is concerned about impending rush hour traffic. “Take a right!”, The Mom announces, confident she has succeeded in avoiding rush hour. Mom smiles, reveling in her superior navigational skills. The joy of the moment is[…]

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Three Hundred Feet Above Sea Level

The day is a balmy 90 degrees but feels like 110 with the humidity, however, a pleasant ocean breeze keeps the heat at bay. The water, an exquisite blue-turquoise, stretches as far as the eye can see and meets a coastline of brilliant white sands. What could be more perfect? The woman is suddenly catapulted back to reality as the barefooted young man says “listo?” He grins as he starts the motor and the boat lurches forward. The woman, usually proficient in the Spanish language, realizes she can’t even formulate a coherent sentence in English at this moment, let alone remember the[…]

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Newsletter

My 2011 Summer Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about S.S.O.S. (seepage, sewer, or surface water). Yuck! Review the seasonal insert for tips on weddings, bbq’s, and summer storms. (Do you know how many wedding rings are lost on the honeymoon? BUMMER!)  Explore some of the fun things to see and do right here in Nebraska, and ways to enhance and protect your summer trips. And much, much more! You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy! Do you have a topic you would like to see addressed in our next issue?

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