Noah Kalina saved my laptop

On the way to San Francisco on Friday afternoon, I accidentally left my laptop at the security checkpoint at JFK. They were taking an unusually long time with my carry-ons, and my items didn’t come out of the machine in the same order they went in. (I think the Eileen’s cheesecake I was carrying had something to do with it; the screener, who looked a bit like Eileen herself, was sort of eyeing me with a bemused but knowing look as she ran my bakery box back and forth through the scanner.)

Anyway, as we were all waiting to board the plane, I saw photographer and viral-video star Noah Kalina walk up up to the gate. I was like, “Hey! That’s Noah Kalina! I’m going to tweet that we’re on the same flight and then go introduce myself.” (I’ve been a fan of his work since I started seeing his restaurant interior shots on Eater years ago, and I think he’s commented once or twice on my Flickr photos, and I know a lot of the same people he does, but I’ve never met him.)

I wanted to @message him in the tweet, and since I couldn’t remember if he was @noahkalina or @kalina, I figured I’d consult the web via my laptop instead of trying to blindly guess it on my phone (he’s @noahkalina).

So when I went to pull out my laptop and … “FUCK! I left my machine at security!”

With only minutes to initial boarding, I ran back through the terminal and retrieved the computer. Luckily it was still there and they hadn’t sent it to lost and found or blown it up as a suspicious package. Conveniently—but perhaps not super securely—they didn’t even challenge me to prove the computer was mine. So I guess if you ever want a free laptop, just skulk around the security area and watch for someone to leave a computer. Then just run around a bit, get sweaty and frantic-looking, and then tell them you left your MacBook and can you get it back.

By the time I got back to the gate, Noah had already boarded and was in his seat with earbuds in. I ended up finding him at baggage claim at SFO, introduced myself, and thanked him for saving my stupid ass.

Noah, if you’re reading this, thanks again!

3 thoughts on “Noah Kalina saved my laptop

  1. good thing you didn’t whip out an iPhone. you’d still be without your laptop. sorry i missed the Eats crew in SF this weekend. i was sick. you were busy with the show. still, i always get bummed when i hear people passed through town and I didn’t even manage a sighting…

  2. Luckily I don’t have an iPhone. Just my 2006-era Nokia flip phone.

    Yeah! Sorry we missed you there, too. Past a certain point, though, we were pretty bogged down with all the bad stuff that went down—as I’m sure you’ve seen on all the blogs.

    Next time, hopefully I/we’ll be in town under better circumstances!

  3. of course i am reading this. who doesn’t have a google alert on their name?

    and you are welcome!

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