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Badger
10-23-2012, 08:53 PM
Sometimes, you get to go places! And other times, you "get" to go places. Over the next two weekends, I "get" to go to some conferences. I leave for the first one tomorrow and will be getting back Sunday; I leave for the second one on the following Friday and will get back on the Sunday.

For conference #1, which is in California, I'm taking my Aeronaut. It's lightly packed, but I have more stuff than will fit comfortably in my Western Flyer (solution: Tri-Star, I know). I'm also carrying my Synapse. Here's what I'm taking:

Clothes: dress pants, 2x dress shirts, a tie (because I'm upping my sartorial game), two light sweaters, a bunch of T-shirts for casual wear, 2x shorts, unmentionables and socks, a pair of casual shoes, and toiletries.

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And check it, guys: Gangnam Style t-shirt, courtesy of someone awesome (i.e., Katy):

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In my Synapse, I'm taking the usual suspects. My MBP, headphones, notebooks, Clif Bars, a water bottle and sunglasses. Chargers and some odds and sods in the dyneema Organizer Pouches. I'll pick up a ton of paper at the conference, so I'll probably take an empty Large Organizer Pouch to corral everything.

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Stay tuned for the next installment! And here's a gratuitous picture of the corgis frolicking in the sand pit at the dog park (wearing Iowa kerchiefs because, you know, they're fans):

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pw1224
10-23-2012, 09:47 PM
Is that Psy on your T-shirt?

Badger
10-23-2012, 10:10 PM
Is that Psy on your T-shirt?

Hell yes. Haha.

Lani
10-24-2012, 12:36 PM
Is that a silver Pilot G2 I see in your photo? Those are pretty hard to come by these days. Hang onto it, even if the ink dries out!

Badger
10-24-2012, 12:47 PM
Is that a silver Pilot G2 I see in your photo? Those are pretty hard to come by these days. Hang onto it, even if the ink dries out!

It is indeed. Got it from jetpens.com! I refill with black, .3 tip.

Katy
10-24-2012, 01:07 PM
Is that a silver Pilot G2 I see in your photo? Those are pretty hard to come by these days. Hang onto it, even if the ink dries out!

Love these pens! I have about 3!!

Janine
10-25-2012, 06:52 AM
@badger, can I have all your stuff? It would go very well with my stuff. :-D

backpack
10-25-2012, 08:14 AM
Those limited edition Pilot G2 are refillable, they even have purple refills and of course black, blue, red and green.

moriond
10-25-2012, 12:11 PM
@badger, can I have all your stuff? It would go very well with my stuff. :-D
@Janine consider that this is the guy who said:

Medium Café Bags are kind of like underwear, in that I'll loan you mine in a pinch, but it's weird if you end up wanting to hang onto it forever.
I would take that as a "No". Besides, the t-shirts, dress pants, shorts, socks etc. might not fit you – I guess you're thinking of the pen, laptop,, Field Notebook, and Corgis. LOL.

Katy
10-25-2012, 12:40 PM
@badger, can I have all your stuff? It would go very well with my stuff. :-D

She might not go for that... but I totally get where you're coming from, that Gangnam Style T-shirt is insanely awesome.

Janine
10-25-2012, 04:50 PM
She might not go for that... but I totally get where you're coming from, that Gangnam Style T-shirt is insanely awesome.

I know, right? Almost as awesome as the person who gifted it! :-D

Janine
10-25-2012, 04:53 PM
@Janine consider that this is the guy who said:

I would take that as a "No". Besides, the t-shirts, dress pants, shorts, socks etc. might not fit you – I guess you're thinking of the pen, laptop,, Field Notebook, and Corgis. LOL.

Points taken, especially about the underwear!

And yes - the pen, laptop, Field Notebook, and Corgis are welcome at my house anytime. :-)

ETA: I could do with a Clif bar right about now. Nom.

Tlacltme
10-26-2012, 08:53 AM
Those limited edition Pilot G2 are refillable, they even have purple refills and of course black, blue, red and green.

I love all the talk of paper and notebooks and pens as well as the TB swag on these forums. **Sighs happily** I've found my tribe :)

Badger
10-30-2012, 08:19 AM
@badger, can I have all your stuff? It would go very well with my stuff. :-D

You can have some of it. I bequeath unto thee the following:
1. Pilot G2 .38 refill, black (empty)
2. 2.4 kilos corgi (hair, in plastic Hy-Vee bag)
3. 1 box of Suddenly SALAD, Bacon and Ranch "Flavor"
4. Kiddo
5. 6 packets Italian kleenex, "Clever" brand

Badger
10-30-2012, 08:37 AM
So, I survived Conference #1. The Aeronaut-Synapse combo proved true, and I was able to haul all of my stuff with no problem. I misplaced my absolute strap and had to carry the Aeronaut by its handles the whole time, but that wasn't so bad, not even when our plane from Iowa arrived really, really late in MSP and we had to traverse the whole freaking airport to get our connecting flight to SAN. They kindly held the plane for us, or so we thought; really, they held it for the guy with the oxygen.

San Diego was amazing: beautiful weather and good times. I had to work during most of the conference and wasn't able to really get out until Saturday, but I did get to poke around Balboa Park:

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This was also the first conference I've been to where we didn't go out for some crazy fancy dinner. Most of my meals clocked in around $5. So many burritos. My colleague had her first.burrito.ever. We also visited a place called "Yogurtland," which is not quite as magical as its name would seem to suggest.

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Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for Conference #2, coming up this weekend! Wheee! (God, I'm exhausted.)

Tlacltme
10-30-2012, 12:59 PM
@Badger, I love your posts! Thanks for the great pics. Will you employ the Aeronaut/Synapse strategy again this weekend? Stay strong!

Badger
10-30-2012, 02:58 PM
@Badger, I love your posts! Thanks for the great pics. Will you employ the Aeronaut/Synapse strategy again this weekend? Stay strong!

Aw, thanks for the shout-out. This is a shorter conference I'm going to, so I'll be rocking the WF/MCB (Mrs B. and I will be able to pack all our stuff in the WF unless blizzard conditions are called for). Per usual, I'll have pics once I start the packing process.

Janine
10-30-2012, 06:06 PM
You can have some of it. I bequeath unto thee the following:
1. Pilot G2 .38 refill, black (empty)
2. 2.4 kilos corgi (hair, in plastic Hy-Vee bag)
3. 1 box of Suddenly SALAD, Bacon and Ranch "Flavor"
4. Kiddo
5. 6 packets Italian kleenex, "Clever" brand

I'll take it. It's a start. :-D

Janine
10-30-2012, 06:09 PM
First burrito ever? That is not acceptable. My kids had their first burrito when they were 15 months old. It was from Qdoba and they pretty much ate the whole thing between them. Nomlettes!

Badger
10-30-2012, 07:41 PM
First burrito ever? That is not acceptable. My kids had their first burrito when they were 15 months old. It was from Qdoba and they pretty much ate the whole thing between them. Nomlettes!

To her credit, my colleague is only 348 months old. She ate the whole thing in about 5 minutes.

Badger
11-01-2012, 09:18 PM
We're leaving for conference #2 tomorrow morning, post-faculty meeting (yay . . .). It's a two-day conference and I'm excited, especially since the undergraduate presenters I am shepherding are well-prepared and ready to go. Mrs B. is able to come along, so you have some fancy dinner photos to look forward to.

I think that for this trip, Mrs B. has been left to her own packing devices. I'm taking my WF and my MCB for this trip, as I've said, and here's what I'm packing.

In the WF, I've got: 2 dress shirts (note ties, because that's how I roll now), 4 T-shirts, and 2 sweaters. I have a pair of jeans in the next photo, but I'll be wearing those. I've got a scarf, a couple hats, socks, gym shorts, and such. I'll be wearing the belt and shoes, which look absurdly small in the picture for some reason.

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I've also got the most un-womanly collection of toiletries ever.

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But check it: my hair wax is, and I quote, "for wizards."

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In the MCB, I've got an iPad, a keyboard, a Moleskine notebook, a bag of Clif Bars and also an easy-access, caffeinated emergency Clif Bar, chargers, a pen, my iPad stand, and organizer pouches containing business cards, ibuprofen, and other little things.

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Tomorrow morning, I'll stop by the office to make handouts and stuff, and I'll carry the folder in the magazine pocket of the WF. We're driving and we are familiar with the city, so by conference travel standards, this is going to be easy peasy lemon squeezy (which I like), as opposed to difficult difficult lemon difficult (which I don't like).

Random side note: my burrito-eating colleague assigned two of my students role playing game personae. One was immediately and unquestionably deemed an elf. The other? A badass ranger. A badass ranger who happens to have a TB bag, I might add.

lonestar6
11-01-2012, 11:54 PM
Badger, I am really enjoying your travel thread. I am traveling a lot myself, but sadly Wisconsin is not on the itinerary. I have picked up some good ideas from your adventures. The one thing that alludes me is the cliff bars with caffeine. Where are you finding these?

Badger
11-02-2012, 07:10 AM
Hey lonestar, the Peanut Toffee Buzz clif bars are kind of hard to find, admittedly. I buy them in six-packs at Target, but I can sometimes get them at the co-op. I usually just have the peanut butter ones, but you know what they say about desperate times.

earth5
11-02-2012, 07:55 PM
I would just like to add that it is pure awesome you get to travel with a badass ranger and elf to a conference! =D

dichroic
11-06-2012, 12:35 AM
I feel somehow perversely vindicated by your packing lists and travel choices. I feel like there's so much *pressure* from one-bag packers, and yet I note that very few of those people seem to be going on extended business trips requiring both laptops and business clothes, and then requiring something to tote the laptop around in once you get there. Your two-bag combos sound about right to me!

PS: Nice choice of ties.

TavaPeak
11-06-2012, 08:48 AM
Badger, when I was in Israel, a friend on the tour who was a Catholic seminary student gave me a mini-rosary. (He said it had been blessed, which is really cool.) It looks like yours, with cross and olivewood beads, but has far fewer beads. It's the size of a child's bracelet. Would that be a "travel rosary"?

Badger
11-06-2012, 08:59 AM
I feel somehow perversely vindicated by your packing lists and travel choices. I feel like there's so much *pressure* from one-bag packers, and yet I note that very few of those people seem to be going on extended business trips requiring both laptops and business clothes, and then requiring something to tote the laptop around in once you get there. Your two-bag combos sound about right to me!

PS: Nice choice of ties.

Right. I know some people use the WF as a briefcase, but I'm 5'3". In other words, if I did that I'd look unbelievably stupid. Also, who carries just an iPad in a WF? But I digress. I could have fit everything into the WF (packed the MCB flat, etc.) but since we were driving it seemed a weird choice.

Thanks for the validation re: the ties. I'm inordinately proud of them.

Badger
11-06-2012, 09:02 AM
Badger, when I was in Israel, a friend on the tour who was a Catholic seminary student gave me a mini-rosary. (He said it had been blessed, which is really cool.) It looks like yours, with cross and olivewood beads, but has far fewer beads. It's the size of a child's bracelet. Would that be a "travel rosary"?

You can definitely use the mini rosary for travel; they contain one decade (i.e., ten beads), either with or without the larger Pater bead. I know Maria has a rosary ring, which is the ultimate for light travel. You can wear it on your finger or, as one of my friends does, on a chain around your neck.

(Side note: thank God I only had to pull the rosary out once during my flight back from SD. I'm not awesome at 30,000 feet.)

Badger
11-06-2012, 09:02 AM
I would just like to add that it is pure awesome you get to travel with a badass ranger and elf to a conference! =D

They were hilarious in the back of the car, mowing down orcs and giants left and right.

Janine
11-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Are those my Italian Kleenex you are taking to the conference? I distinctly remember them being bequeathed to me in post #14.

Badger
11-06-2012, 01:06 PM
Are those my Italian Kleenex you are taking to the conference? I distinctly remember them being bequeathed to me in post #14.

No way, Jose. I have like a zillion of them in my closet.

dichroic
11-08-2012, 12:34 AM
I feel I must mention that if you go to the xkcd store, they have a tie with xkcd characters!!! (I don't wear them but may need to buy my husband one.)

Janine
11-08-2012, 08:33 AM
No way, Jose. I have like a zillion of them in my closet.

What are you doing with a closet full of Italian Kleenex?

(Please don't tell me if they are new or used. I am afraid of the answer.)

Badger
11-08-2012, 09:02 AM
What are you doing with a closet full of Italian Kleenex?

(Please don't tell me if they are new or used. I am afraid of the answer.)

Uh, they're all in pristine condition, thanks. I just had to buy a ginormous pack of them.

Badger
11-12-2012, 07:42 PM
So, I forgot to tell you that Mrs B. and I did get to go out to dinner (http://balenachicago.com/) while we were in Chicago. (Slightly embarrassing side note: when we mentioned we were going to a nice restaurant, one of my students said, completely straight-faced, "Well, it's important to keep the love alive"; later, she walked past us, making a smoochy face. Sigh.)

We got seated at around 10 and had some pretty rad aperitifs made with bitters. And guys, the bread basket had a bread with salami in it. Win.

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We had some pasta, which I forgot to photograph, but you know what pasta looks like. We then decided what the hell, and got dessert. Mrs B. had tiramisu and I got this:

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Gelato affogato with some little homemade donuts (which look ginormous in the photo, I know, but I promise they were little).

All in all, it was a very successful conference, although I have to say I'm glad I don't have another one until next March. Stay tuned: I've got another trip to Chicago planned for December (and yes, I'm already working on the packing list, because I'm anal retentive--er, detail-oriented).