Monday, December 29, 2014

Getting ready - random notes #1

From Philip -

**Warner gave us a fantastic report on his Fall 2014 voyage with a focus on his library activities and roles, almost two weeks ago - to ISE (Layne and Anninia), SAS librarians (Jean, Barbie, Jonathan, and non-librarian Deej) - everything he said seemed important with less than a month to go, we gobbled it up, took frantic notes and we asked a lot of questions - which spilled over to lunch with him, more questions and discussions. We're a little more prepared, maybe

**Jonathan completed his SAS Spring 2015 librarians video - which we will use for faculty and student orientation on the ship next week. Have a look at our 3-minute video.

**Packing, suitcases, bags, what to take? is it too much? too little? does it weigh more than 50 lbs. per bag. Warner responded to Deej's email request just now that he will bring in a 3rd bag for us at work tomorrow.  A dry run indicated Deej's was only 35 lbs, but overflowing; Phil's was not stuffed full but weighed 42 lbs - getting close, so another bag will help.
No we will not be taking a real trunk, but collapsible big bags we can keep under our small cabin's beds.

**We have downsized this Christmas with everything going on - our little Christmas tree below.
**Final appointment at the Traveler's clinic for my last and 3rd rabies shot; we've collected our malaria, sea sickness, other drugs, and I've gotten a 5 month supply of my regular pills, after going through insurance to get 'vacation overrides.'

 **Will Poe also be going on this trip? You betcha. But which one of his icons? large or small or both? All Aboard, Edgar Allan!

**And how about those cold days walking along the Great Wall of China? we certainly need to pack up our thermal underwear and socks, to go along with our heavy coats, scarves, and hats.  Which then we won't need at all, as we travel through the mild and warm Vietnam, Singapore, Burma, India, the clear and warm waters of the Mauritius islands, the summer in South Africa, and the deserts of Namibia and Morocco, and almost (April 295h) to the lovely month of May and spring time in the UK. Happy May Day!
That (Ap/May 2015) would be the end of the trip, and this is the end of today's random notes #1.

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