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Dept. of Getting Ready for Home

The Universal Law of Packing

Here I am, sitting in the Spring Garden Road branch of the Halifax Public Library; I'm less than 24 hours away from my trip home, I've said my goodbyes to my mother (and can say with cautious optimism that she is on the admittedly long road to recovery) and in a couple of hours will be picked up by my brother, taken to his Sackville home and will sack out until 4 a.m. to start my journey home. I've had a lovely lunch with an old friend, and it's been wonderful.

You know how one almost always forgets something while packing to return home from trips. (You don't? Then you're definitely not from my family.) Well, I was more or less congratulating myself on having only lost/left behind one thing; my favorite dress cardigan, a designer cardigan that I found at Boutique Sally Ann for $4 bucks or so. Simply couldn't find it, even after I went back to a couple of places I might have left it. It's dissipated into thin air, so I shall just revisit the second hand shop and go on a hunt for a new one ... uh ... where was I?

Oh, yes. I was congratulating myself on having packed everything I needed to. And then I opened my computer case to type this post, and realized I left my power cord/adapter 60 miles away, in my mother's apartment. Luckily, there's an electronics store about three blocks from here, on my way to the 6:40 p.m. rendezvous point with Little Brother. And the pouring rain seems to have settled down to nothing more than a cold, unpleasant drizzle. This should mean I should only be extremely damp and not soaked when I get to the rendezvous point.


Ah, well. The trip - despite having been necessitated by something horrible - has gone relatively well, in that I gave my mother comfort as much as possible. I visited her a minimum of two hours every day while I was here, and was able to talk to my brother about how her care will go forward. I'm more optimistic about her recovery, especially her cognitive recovery, than I once was. These are all good things. So getting wet while going to buy a new power cord is an extremely small thing.

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Apr. 26th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, I'm glad everything has gone so well and you feel...well not AWESOME...but better about going home than you'd otherwise thought. And if there was just the powercord issue at the end? I'd consider it a STELLAR trip! And you got to see family and old friends to boot! All good things...

Apr. 26th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
You know, if the good outcome cost a wetting and a new power cord, it was totally worth it. (Am I the only person that does weird cost-benefit analyses like this? Ok, I got so nervous I threw up, but I got an A on the presentation, so I guess that was worth it. Etc.)
Apr. 26th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
I am of your family when it comes to packing, though it applies on outbound trips as well as leaving things behind on the trip home. Stuff disappears, too, especially on trips where a loved one is on a medical roller coaster ride. So sorry that happened to your cardigan!

Speaking of power cords, I neglected to pack the 3-prong to 2-prong piece that I needed to use my US-UK power adapter with my computer cable on one of my trips across the Pond. 1998, most likely. Probably when I went over for Vince Clarke's funeral. I was staying with Dave & Hazel Langford, and when I went to plug my computer in up in Dave's office, I discovered the needed adapter was several thousand miles away. Hmmm...I wondered what stores in the UK might sell such adapters since no part of them would work with UK electricity.

Dave noticed my problem. No suprise that didn't have such an adapter himself. But he did quite a supply of UK power cords for PCs, including the kind that then plugs into a transformer brick...just like the transformer brick on my Mac.

~"Will this work?"~ he asked. Sure enough, it did. And since it was one of several extras, he sent me home with it and I happily used it again a couple of years later when I made my long-ago-but-still-most-recent-trip to England.

I still have that cord. Too bad Apple's gone to a different power adapter design in that regard. The new cords are worlds better than the old ones, but I'll have to be sure to pack the proper adapter should I ever actually make it back across the pond. These days I always keep one packed in my computer bag; it comes in handy when I'm in an old house with non-grounded outlets.

May your trip home also go relatively well.
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