Since I'm going to check one piece of baggage, I might as well check two, and carry the messenger pouch with iPod and tickets and camera. I got the pouch this weekend because the neck straps for both the large binocular case and camera case are not meant to be worn over a thick parka and rode up into my armpits. The pouch slings very low on the hip, and has room for both the binoculars and camera (though not very accessible) plus batteries, a drinking bottle, etc.
The last thing I did, just completed, was to go to the bank to get crisp new dollar bills and enter them in www.wheresgeorge.com and track far flung bills. Whee!
I have e-mail on the cruise ship. david romm (no space, one word) at msendeavour dot cc (sorry, don't want spam for a satellite connection).
Time to turn off the computer for three weeks. If all goes according to plan, I'll be back late 12/12, If all goes better than planned I may stay in Antarctica...