I just finished a terrific session of the Sage Consulting Academy in Vancouver today. While I always find teaching this class invigorating, this session was notable for a few reasons.
First, the majority of folks who were attending were originally there under, errr, duress. In other words, they needed to maintain their certification. While it was a bit rough going at first, to everyone’s credit, by the end of the week they had truly bonded as a and were very open to new ideas and even excited about the possibilities for the future.
Second, one member of the class, José A. Lomelí, is from Mexico and has already translated some of the documents from the class into Spanish. He planned on using one of them today during a phone meeting scheduled for after class. For example, this is the Change Request.
Third, many have agreed that they have adopted the goal of killing their timesheets in the firms. This, of course, is music to my ears.
Fact #1 – I travel a lot for work. In the next five weeks it is unlikely that I will spend ten nights at home with my beautiful wife and kids. This is not meant as a plea, but only to emphasize the first sentence of this post.
Fact #2 – I am also a staunch Libertarian. I am running for Texas State Senate. This is not plea for money, but only to emphasize this second point.
It is these two facts which have caused me some personal conflict. Because most of my travel requires air transport, I am intimately familiar with the TSA. I am guessing that by now you see the challenge.
In any case, about three months ago I received an email from American Airlines asking me if I would like to sign up for the TSA’s Pre program. This program allows travelers to register with the TSA and undergo a background check. In exchange, travelers get to go through a lower security regimen at airport security.
If an airport has the Pre line (and my home airport of DFW does), you can cut right to the security gate where you do not have top take off your shoes or remove your computer or liquids from your travel cases. Instead, your bags are x-rayed and you walk through a metal detector only, no micro scanning (and therefore no naked pictures). Basically, this is the same security procedure as existed on September 10, 2001.
Now the dilemma:
To Pre, or not to Pre: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The pokes and prods of outrageous agents, Or to take arms against a sea of lawyers, And by opposing end them? To Pre: to bypass; No more; and by a bypass to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand unnatural scans That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d.