Hello, my friendly friends!How are you?We finally had some
decent weather, but the wind from the north cut like a knife.Lately, I seem to underestimate how cool it
is outside.Teenagers wearing shorts
don’t help matters any.They will wear
them even in the winter.So I put on
something light and then I have to return to retrieve a warmer jacket.A day or two of some sun does not a summer
It seems that things are also heating up in City Hall.Another round of ethics complaints against
Mr. Mayor Dickert has been filed.Mr.
Alderman Kaplan is the subject of a current recall campaign.The ethics of the Ethics Board are in
dispute.It appears that the city is
engaging in systematic racism regarding minority owned bars.Maybe they think if they shut down all of the
black and brown places, “those people” will disappear.This is what we know from the surface of Racine.What’s happening below the surface, behind
the scenes, is where the big decisions are made.It’s tragic for the citizens of Racine
that the city is run by stinkers.
On Friday, May 10, the Racine Astronomical Society hosts an
Open House, 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, at
the Modine-Benstead Observatory, 112 63rd Drive,
Of course, Sunday,
May 12, 2013 is the most important day of the year: Mother’s Day.Take extra good care of your mother on that
day. Get her flowers or candy, or a new Jaguar.Try carrying her around
for nine months and see how you like it.You should lavish love and praise and money on your mom every day, but
even more so on Mother’s Day.Do you understand
that, Junior?Get the message, Señor
Thank you one and all for stopping by to read my blog this
week.I enjoy your comments so
much.You can say what you want because
we are family.
I travel a lot, both professionally and personally (and frequently mixing them). When I got to Tucson over seven years ago and started traveling a lot, it was obvious I needed a better system. I bought myself a top end carry on for a pretty penny (and it was worth every penny). I quickly developed a system. Everything I needed had a place in the bag. I could tell if I had everything I needed simply by looking at it and seeing if there was an empty space. It worked well for over seven years...until it suffered a catastrophic structural failure on my way back from Chile.
Yes, I had to finally get a new bag. I loved my old bag, but they don't make it anymore. It was time to change models.
Again, I didn't skimp. Sure, I could get a cheap bag at Target or something but I find they are heavier and don't have near the packing capacity of a top line bag. Since my philosophy is never check a bag, I need to cram in as much as I possibly can. I have my carry on which goes in the overhead bin and my small backpack which has my computer, camera and a few lenses. That's it.
Luggage is not something I can shop for online...I have to hold it, open every little zippered compartment and try to envision where everything would go. It has to have a wardrobe, have a space for a computer if I decide I want to pack that in my main bag (I usually pack it in my combo computer bag/camera bag). I always get the international bag since I fly internationally once a year or so (bonus: international bags are slightly shorter but wider so my running shoes fit widthwise). I looked at my local luggage shop and spent quite a bit of time poring over three different bags. I didn't buy on my first trip...I went home, read reviews and then went back to buy (I couldn't get it cheaper online and he gave me a discount so it was a little less than ordering from Amazon).
I just packed and am sitting here experiencing packing anxiety. Things have different places now. I am not sure where everything's place is yet. Therefore, I can't tell if something is missing by looking. I probably won't be able to tell until a few days into the trip as I find out if I truly have everything.
If this trip comes off and I didn't forget anything, I hope I remember everything's new place.
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