:: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 ::
life: I tried to go to bed early - for me, and sleep didn't come. Then I was wide awake at 5am, then still at 6am. And that's about 5hours earlier than I normally get up at. It was too stuffy. Or when the ceiling fan was on, it was too loud. Ugh. Pretty tired now.
The other day, I was sitting in the cafe where I have a bagel before work and reviewing pics from VE day on the camera. All of a sudden someone left one of those airline carryon bags - with the wheels and extendible handles - a few feet out into the main part of the mall. Someone across the hall at the dry cleaners called out "You left your bag!" But no one returned for it. It was too far out to be in the cafe with the tables and no one had got up around me who could have left it.It was in the flow of pedestrian traffic - what there is of it in the Galleria at any rate. It was a small one bag, brightly coloured. Possibly a child's one. It fell over and that's when I noticed it.
I thought a kid might have been dragging it and got tired of doing so and left it. Then I started to think. If this was a US city, or in Europe, or the Middle East, or any airport? A bag like this, all of a sudden left by itself suspiciously would raise the alarm bells. Police would be called and the area evacuated. An airline carry on bag could be packed with enough explosives to do some serious damage. But we are not there. But it could happen I suppose.
As I sat there finishing my bagel, I couldn't help but wonder about where the bag came from. I started to get a little concerned. Not much, but a little.
Eventually, about 15 mins later, someone from the luggage store down the hall came to collect the bag which was probably on display and someone was messing around and dragged it off.
Has it really got that bad that I need to think in downtown London, Ontario that there could be a bomb left by terrorists? No. I don't need to be contemplating that or be worried about such an extreme unlikelyhood. But I was surprised that I was entertaining worst case scenario thoughts as I sat there.
:: Mike Wood 11:03 [+] ::