An outlet, an outlet, my kingdom for an electrical outlet!…

The world is coming to an end: there aren’t enough electrical outlets!…

1700 PDT location: N 32 42.993 W 117 10.874 (we haven’t left San Diego yet. Still loading fresh fruit and vegetables before our five-day cruise to HNL (Honolulu, HI). Certainly don’t want to get scurvy!

We got on the ship with very little trouble, outside of the usual TSA hassles (and those of you who are 75+, on a cruise departure, TSA doesn’t recognize that you don’t have to take off your belt). It’s actually very confusing ‘cause they don’t make us take off our shoes but they do make us take off our belts.

It took a long time to get our suitcases, but all our smuggled gin made it! Yay! We went to the Crow’s Nest bar to celebrate! And got an education on the difference in ordering a VERY dry martini and ordering gin: about $2.50 per drink. Guess what, we’ll be drinking straight gin (in a martini glass, of course).

We are in a Neptune Suite, a very nice cabin with a huge (yuuge!) balcony and this will be our home for the next 55 days. Still only has three electrical outlets. Not two plugs per outlet, but THREE total electrical places to plug in!

This will be all I can post before we leave San Diego (at 2000, as of the last message from the Captplaain).

So many cords, so little time…

How does time get away from me so easily? And why am I not able to easily organize the myriad of electronics we “need” to have with us?

There are cameras—three, yes, THREE between the two of us—and the chargers for said cameras, cords for the chargers for the cameras, extra batteries (all different, of course, why would we have cameras that all have the same batteries?), and three different battery chargers, of course. So that’s just the camera equipment. Well, not exactly ALL the equipment. I must have a flash attachment just in case the camera flash isn’t enough. And a remote for… for… well, just in case.

Then we have GPS so we can stand on our balcony at martini time and see EXACTLY where we are. And batteries for the GPS because of course they aren’t the same as the camera batteries. At least they are the same as the flash batteries.

Then we have a computer (so I can continue to write this blog for my tens fives several ardent fans). And a charger for that, too. And a portable hard drive so I can back up all the photos I’ll take with the aforementioned camera(s).

Don’t forget Kindles. These are kind of vital if you like to read and Randy and I do. We don’t have room to carry physical books to read for 82 days. So, Kindles are necessary. They don’t need extra batteries, but they do need cords to plug into something electric to keep them charged. Aside: To me the best thing about a Kindle is seeing a character name that you have no recollection of hearing about before, touching the name and up pops a location where they are first mentioned. Oh, yeah, NOW I know who that is!

Of course, we have to have our phones. Until about four years ago we had only one flip phone, no apps to speak of, and until about six or seven years ago we had NO portable phone at all. We have become so dependent on our “smart phones” that we can’t leave home without them. Well, I can’t leave home without mine. Randy, not so much but he does occasionally miss it when he leaves it home. Cords are necessary to charge the phones. And Randy’s charging cord is different than mine is. Sigh.

Last—I think!—is more electronic storage. I have SD cards for the cameras (thank goodness they all take the same storage medium), and a Micro-SD for the Kindle and a Micro-SD adapter so I could, if necessary, use it in one of the cameras.

Oh, yes, each of the chargers has to be powered. At least they all—ALL—take the same type of electric cord.

Almost forgot, we will be on a ship with US-type outlets (very few, mind you! Probably two outlets in our cabin. Total. Not two double plug outlets, just room for two items to be plugged in.) we will also be in Australia for a couple of days so we need an adapter.

Did I forget anything? It’s probably on the myriad of checklists we have. Now where did I put those checklists?