One minute I'm just walking home from work, and then -- BOOM! -- like magic, I'm a covert operative going through ridiculous security checks.
You remember the scene, of course, from the intro of every episode: Agent Sydney Bristow enters SD-6's Credit Dauphine Building, passing through a stark white room, which then flashes red, and then white again.
It's very cool.
OK, so we don't have a white and red flashing room, but the security on the BK International House where we live is pretty dang high tech.
Since there's no chance in hell that you're gonna break into this place, I'll walk you through it. (Unless, of course, your name is Irina Derevko, Arvin Sloane, or Julian Sark, in which case you've likely already broken in, cased the joint, and set up surveillance.)
STEP 1: Type in your 47-digit code. (OK, it's really only 5.)
STEP 2: Using the near-infrared biometric scanner, scan the blood vessels on the back of your hand to gain entry. Yes, you read that correctly: NEAR-INFRARED BIOMETRIC SCANNER!
I kid you not. Just to get into the building! (And for those of you who related best to Marshall's character in the show, here and here are some links related to the technology involved.)
STEP 3: Push the call button for the video connection to the view screen inside to be allowed in. (Or code in 100-digit binary-coded password that you only have 30 seconds to memorize!)
Finally, just because I know it'll embarrass her, here's a photo of my dear wife dressed up as Sidney Bristow from Halloween 2005.
And for the record, season 5 sucked.