To South American by Linear Accelerator

Written by Harold McNeill on January 29th, 2019. Posted in Tim Hortons Morning Posts


Uber has the above Molecular Transporter located in the Best Western in Richmond.  A neat machine that not only transports but can also do DNA sequencing as well as give you a complete medical assessment while en route. You simply fill out a checklist.  Photos in FB Post

Heading to South America

This is the first time we have traveled using a Molecular Transporter, a system developed by UBER with one unit situated just outside the Vancouver Aiport. The neat thing about this type of transportation is the ability to experience all the real-time activities you might see and feel when travelling in one of those outdated stretch bodied commercial jets. I have highlighted a few of our experiences while en route to Buenos Aires via Houston and Miami.

1. Homeland Security appears to have grabbed a significant piece of turf in the Vancouver Airport that is properly titled as “You are Now Entering the United States of America.” Really?  I thought the Vancouver International Airport was located in Canada. I couldn’t take a photo to document this as that’s forbidden. After all the usual checks we were allowed to go about our business in Canada.

2. As our molecules made their way south towards Dallas/Fort Worth, we note the rest of the family (Kari, Grayson Christine, Chris, Audrey, and Cathy) were making their way north out of Miami en route to Kamloops via Toronto and Calgary. They were just returning from a Caribbean Cruise but we could not time it so our molecules could meet.

3. Once in Miami, we were making our way out for a bite to eat along with several young people from Idaho when we were hit by a torrential downpour spurred on by several mini-tornadoes that hit Cuba and Southern Florida. Another couple joining our molecular group, and who live in West Hialeah, had one of those mini tornadoes touch down only two blocks from their home (Miami Herald).

The rain was so heavy over a 15 minute period, we were all drenched to the skin as we were making our way to a nearby Irish Times Pub. By the way, there was nothing Irish in the pub, but their beer and Gumbo was delicious. It is somewhat similar to Jambalaya, but the rice is not cooked in the same pan. Both originated in New Orleans in the 18th century. It was just hot enough to start drying our clothes from the inside.  We managed to get back to the accelerator without finding another tornado.  Can you just imagine the mess if that tornado had hit our molecules and mixed them up?

3. Our exit of the US was about the same as entering only this time the number of checks was doubled, sniffer dogs were circulating the security line and the occasional person (often more black than white – it’s not all that clear why) were singled out for a special check. Garth must have looked suspicious as he was also a marked man.

4. As we were about to depart someone appears to have mixed up our molecules as were here delayed for nearly two hours in a small segregation cubicle as they fixed a heating fan on the transporter. It was nice they left the movies running.

5. Once en route we head out over Cuba and central South America touching Columbia, Chile, Brazil and a few other countries along the route. After crossing the equator, we begin to slow for our approach to Buenos Aires. We also noted we have taken a large loop West somewhere over the Amazon, so there must have been some thunderstorm activity in the area.

6. After landing and having our molecules reassembled, we were greeted by a minimal number of security checks and with a pat on the back and friendly smile, we were sent on our way.  By the way, there was no sign of an UBER taxi at the airport as their system for renting and dispersing cabs seemed extremely efficient.

As a final observation, when comparing the US and Argentinian airport security systems, it seems everyone in the US system appears to be afraid something might escape their notice so double down on everything. They somehow seem to have completely missed the fact that the greatest dangers in the US come from within and not from without.

Photos in FB Post

Cheers,

Harold, Lynn, Garth, and Esther.

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  • Harold McNeill

    January 15, 2021 |

    Wow, Graham, I was taken by surprise (but then again that’s not too hard). Having all you fine folks (my children by other fathers and mothers) would have been great. I’m hopeful that sometime in the not too distant future, we can reprise that trip. Perhaps we’ll just set aside a time for someone else’s landmark day, and we can surprise them. Love to you two. Harold

  • Graham and Nazanin

    January 15, 2021 |

    How could we miss this historic event my friend!!!
    Nazy and I were booked for that cruise Harold, we were looking so forward to it.
    We will be together soon! We both wish that continued unconditional love you receive from everyone to continue as you are that special someone that makes a difference in this world.
    Happy birthday sir, cheers!

  • Harold McNeill

    January 7, 2021 |

    Glad you found the site and that Dorthy enjoyed. I’ve added a lot of school photos in other locations linked to the High School Years stories. Cheers, Harold

  • Shelley Hamaliuk

    January 2, 2021 |

    Hi there, I am Dorothy Marshall’s (nee Hartman) daughter. Mom was quite excited when she discovered this site while surfing the net yesterday, so excited that she told me to have a look! She quite enjoyed taking a trip down memory and seeing old pictures of herself.Keep up the great work!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Rick,
    Great to hear from you and trust all is going well. Our family members are all doing well but it must be pretty tough for a lot of people. I had once heard you were going to do some writing but never heard anything further. I would be most interested, but do you think the OB News have archives back to that time. Any link or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Did you keep copies? Regards, Harold

  • Rick Gonder

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Harold
    About 22 years ago I spent several weeks going through the OBPD archives. I wrote several stories that were published in the OB News. Feel free to use if they are of value to what you are doing.
    Keep this up, I’m enjoying it and it brings back memories.

  • Harold McNeill

    April 12, 2020 |

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a chance to read. I decided to update these stories by proofreading as there were several grammatical errors in many. Hopefully, many of those glaring errors have been removed.

    Many of the stories carry a considerable amount of social comment regarding the way the criminal justice system is selectively applied. Next up involves a young woman from near Cold Lake, Alberta, who was abducted by an older male from Edmonton. Her story is the story of hundreds of young men and woman who have found themselves alone and without help when being prayed upon unscrupulous predators.

    Cheers, Harold

  • Susan

    April 8, 2020 |

    Great read, Harold!…and really not surprising, sad as that may sound.
    Keep the stories coming, it is fascinating to hear them.
    Love from us out here in the “sticks”, and stay safe from this unknown predator called Covid.

  • Harold McNeill

    February 17, 2020 |

    Update:  Times Colonist, February 16, 2020, articles by Louise Dickson, She got her gun back, then she killed herself,” and,  Mounties decision to return gun to PTSD victim haunts her brother. 

    Summary: I don’t know how many read the above articles, but they contained the tragic details about young woman, Krista Carle’, who took her own life after suffering for years with PTSD. While tragedies such as this play out across Canada every week, the reason this story resonates so profoundly is that the final, tragic, conclusion took place here in Victoria. Continued in the article.

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