It happened last year right on my birthday…29 of July 2004.
when Boston was full of the cops,TVs and protesters during that time as there was a Democratic National Convention going on by John Kerry the candidate for the US President Election.
After one month in a home of red sox,I decided to leave Boston on my birthday to San diego to visit other friends. The reason was a bit silly.Well,Since San diego is on the west coast while boston is the east coast,if I fly back to san diegoon that night,I could have more hours of my 29of July to celebrate with my folks in SD as time is different about 3hours between the west and the east:-)
My friend drove me to Boston Airport. We were both quiet since it was the last day for us..ok!! let’s skip the cheesy scene… I said good bye to my friend,loaded my luggage…and then the fun time was about to start…
After the security checked my passport(with a picture of a dark-skin boy), a few minutes later, one big security guard came to me and said,
” Excuse me ,sir!!. Please follow me overhere.
” Sh** ” ,I shouted out loud in my mind.
I was asked to leave the queue and sit next to the scanning machine,watching all the passengers who were going to take the same flight with me. Nobody talked to me or gave me a reason why I had to do and I was afraid to ask them “why”.
So, I just sit there…and wondered what’s wrong with me…I was very scared…hmmmm….what is going on here?
About 30 minutes later, I assumed that all the passengers were seated:as i’d seen nobody there). Eventually ,one of the security came to me and apologised. He walked with me to my seat. Finally,I decided to ask him the”W” word.
“I’m sorry ,sir. ” Why did I have to wait that long? Do I look like a terrorist? ..
10 seconds with silence ,I realized that was a real mistake. Everyone stared at me and a security.
I started to laugh ridiculously, pretended it was my big joke.
“I was just joking”,that’s the best I could say.
“Oh my… this is stupid”, I shouted loudly in my mind for a second time.
The security gave me a bad look as same as others.It was just a memorable birthday for me.
I told my frends in san diego about what happened. They all laughed at me and told me ” terrorist” is a forbidden word for Boston airpot. He mention the 9/11 and the interesting fact about boston airport.
“Don’t you know the flight that hit WTC building came from Boston Aitport”,my best friend Brian gave me a big clue.
“Oh…”. yes,that’s all i could say.
Stupid thai boy!!… That ‘s really me…:-)
I am now back at my beloved country” Thailand”.It’s been one year already. No more “Jeep a terrorist”
For my birthday this year, instead of being a terrorist ,I ‘ll have exam right on that day.. and that terrified me a lot more!!!…lol