Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
…for me, Aaron.
Last year my wife and I got to attend two different sessions of the US Open tennis tournament, one of them to see both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic play in the semi-finals. We had a great time, and despite dreading having to be in the People’s Republic of New York, it was very nice.
Of course there were lots of fat, sloven NYPD cops milling around outside the venue and nearly running people over with their vans on the streets and sidewalks leading to the stadium. But I was amazed at how efficient and non-intrusive the US Open private security was. You simply got in line, had them check your bag and then were on your way.
Here’s what it used to be like and what the US Open website still shows:
Here’s the reality–2 hour long lines to get in due to their new “safety procedures”.
They are having to open the gates even earlier than normal to accommodate the new “procedures” and USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier proudly announced that they now have “airport-type security” complete with metal detectors and hand wands, but noted that tennis
terrorists fans won’t need to “take off shoes or belts”.
At this rate, it won’t be long before we have to pass through metal detectors, radiation machines, and pat-downs before leaving our homes.
But as long as we’re all “safe” I guess living like a prisoner is fine.