These pictures make me nostalgic to go visit these places again. I like being there, but I hate the traveling aspect of it. I didn’t much like traveling in the old days when you could arrive at the airport 30 minutes in advance, but I really hate having to get there 90 minutes early and constantly have to monitor yourself so you don’t crack the wrong joke while standing in line at the security checkpoint that will get you “detained” (or worse).
I also don’t like sitting on a plane that long. I think it’s my history of ADHD (or whatever the latest name for it is).
I started a traveling job after college in 2003, so most of my experience with flying has been post-9/11. I’m part of the generation of adults who see security theater as normal.
There are upsides to going through the airport. Sometimes interacting with the security professionals at the airport gives you the chance to sneer at government officials, where normally you wouldn’t get the opportunity. When is the last time you had the chance to give 5 IRS officials dirty looks at the same time? And there is no paperwork to fill out.
Back when I was in SF in the 70s, I took a picture of one of the SF Bay Bridge towers through a long lens. I was a long way fro the bridge and the foreground was much like this picture with many tall apartment buildings. I made a large print and framed it for a local restaurant and people commented that it was fun to look at because you could count the number of tiny people you could see through windows and out on balconies that weren’t apparent at first glance. The long lens compressed the depth substantially bringing even the furthest buildings up fairly close. I’d be willing to bet you could find a lot of people in this picture as you zoom in on a high res version of it.