Would you ever choose a human pat down over an automated scan?
I did just that on my way home from Calgary…and the male screener wasn’t very impressed.
After a somewhat stressful travel experience trying to make my way back to Calgary from New Jersey (in which the airlines lost my luggage), it was nice to have a more light-hearted moment on my way home to Vancouver.
I watched with great joy and amazement as I watched the live feed online of Pope Francis arriving in Brazil and making his way through the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day. The trek was equal parts exciting and harrowing as mobs of people took turns rushing the small car he was being transported in. While most people were content to take pictures, there were many who tried to do more whether it was touch Pope Francis, hi-five Pope Francis, or grab Pope Francis.
Whether it was a lack of planning or attention to detail, I was surprised at how easily people were able to approach the car. In particular, I was fascinated by the men providing security detail. They took turns thwarting and blocking people from the car, all while running alongside the vehicle.
I’ve been home from Rome for a week now and I admit that I’ve become a bit of a Rome-dropper (as opposed to a name-dropper). My Facebook page, Twitter feed, and website are covered with Rome references and for good reason: the whirlwind trip was among the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life.
Aside from “How was the Mass of Inauguration for Pope Francis?” the next most common question I’ve been asked is “How were you chosen to go?” While being careful not to say something I’m not supposed to, I can tell you this much: I was nominated by someone from Ontario whom I respect very much. He was among a group of three people who provided lists of 20 names or so. Then, an employee from the Prime Minister’s office had to whittle the list from 60 people down to 14. The final 14 were approved by the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) and the rest – as they say – is history.