I discovered an easy way to be nice to strangers on my way back from California. You know that new rule they came up with, where you have to stuff any toiletries you want to carry on into a quart-sized ziploc bag? Well, I discovered the night before I left that I didn't have any quart-sized plastic bags. The only liquids I really had to carry on were prescription meds, so it was all good anyway. But other people in line were having to throw stuff away, because really, who pays attention to the ever-changing rules of the TSA? It was just so pathetic - here it was, 5:00 in the morning, and this poor tired-looking woman was on her knees in front of the table, digging through her and her wheelchair-bound mom's luggage trying to find all their liquids while the TSA lady was telling them, it's been on the internet for weeks, everybody knows about it, blah blah blah.
So while I was out there, I bought a box o' super-cheap quart-sized bags. This meant I could carry on my lotion and whatnot, but here's the good-karma part: I stuffed a bunch of extra bags in my laptop bag and gave them to strangers with unbagged toiletries in the security line. They were ridiculously grateful. Unfortunately, not one of them turned out to be a dying billionaire with an inheritance to give out - none even offered to buy me drinks - but at least I saved a few panicky women from having to throw out their makeup.