Hello everyone! I have been away on holiday with hubby, and this time we really did go to America, not just to the American Museum!! That is why I haven't been commenting on your blogs for the last couple of weeks, but I have been reading your posts, but it is so hard to comment using the kindle that I decided just to read and not comment.
You have all been a very busy bunch of people, so Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Congratulations to those having good times. To those having not so good times, my thoughts are and have been with you. I hope that things improve for you soon.
Thank you so very much for all the lovely comments on my posts over the last couple of weeks. You have been so lovely to keep on reading and stopping by. I had a whole bunch of photos stacked up waiting to be posted, so I thought that it would be a good idea to deal with them and turn them into posts for you to read while I was away. Of course having been away I am behind again, but not as behind as I was!!
So, where did we go, where are the photos I hear you ask. Well, I haven't even looked at my pictures yet, so no photos, but you just know that they will be following don't you!
We went to Boston - as in Boston Massachusetts in America, not Boston Lincolnshire in England as some people that I told I was going to Boston thought. Then we went to a town called Exeter in New Hampshire, again the one in America, not the Exeter in Devon England!! These place names can cause a lot of confusion it seems. I was also been told with great certainty that I was going to see the "fall" in America which is a special season between Summer and Autumn that only America has. It is so easy to get things mixed up isn't it.
We also had a brief - 3 days!!! - interlude of drag racing in the middle. I have been holding out on you about the cars thing that we have going on around here, but I will share and explain more in the coming days.
It was a great holiday, I have never been to New England before and it lived up to all my hopes and more. What follows didn't spoil the holiday in any way - as I was determined not to let it - and we had a wonderful time.
You might want to skip the rest of this as it might be upsetting. I apologise if it does upset you as that is not my intention, I just want to share as it upset me and I wondered what you thought as I would like some advice about what to do next.
As you will all be well aware and may also have experienced yourselves, the security at airports has, and continues, to increase dramatically. I totally understand and support that and those doing that work, although I wish that it wasn't needed, I agree that it is far more important to be safe and secure than not. However, I really didn't expect to have a pat down at the airport leaving the UK that involved the security guard groping me and putting their hands inside my clothes and underwear. It was a female guard, but surely that is not what they are supposed to do, and I have to say that I felt totally violated and still feel like that writing this down here. This was done at the security checkpoint and I was very public and embarrassing and even more so considering the things that they did which I consider to be totally inappropriate. When I tried to complain a huge male guard appeared from somewhere and told me off and to shut up and was pretty threatening. There are signs up saying that you are not allowed to threaten and abuse the staff, but it seems that groping and putting your hands inside the clothes of passengers is allowed and they have to accept it.
So, the advice I need. Do I make a complaint, or do I leave it and let it go. Hubby says to let it go, but frankly I am pretty sure that he would let anything go as he does anything for an easy and laid back life and would never complain about anything. Me, I don't complain at the slightest thing, but I will query and question things and don't feel that you should just accept anything just because. I will also make a complaint where necessary.
However, I don't have the name of the guard or any details and I don't think that I could remember what they looked like as I was in such shock and so taken aback by it all - that is an understatement actually. So if I make a complaint there cannot really be any sort of investigation or action or apology as they don't know who did this. Therefore am I better to leave it and try and move on and hope that it never happens again, or do I put in a complaint and at least hope that it means that no one else ever has to suffer this again.
Sorry to leave things on this note. I will be back with happier things, but I do need some advice as if I am going to complain I need to do it sooner rather than later. If you would prefer to e-mail with your thoughts the address can be found on the About Love Made My Home page, the link is at the top of the sidebar to the right of this post.
Thank you all again for your lovely comments on my recent posts and thank you in advance for any thoughts that you may have about this issue.