|The whole kit and kaboodle!|
- A box of tissues (in case I cried, I think)
- Ear plugs (they don't think I snore, do they? No, must be Randy that snores)
- Hand sanitizer (they had all heard of outbreaks of norovirus and I guess they sort of want me to come back to ASDM)
- A blanket to keep warm in the colder climates ( the “blanket” is about 3” x 3”)
- A battery-operated fan (for hot flashes? Or maybe because I had been complaining that it was going to be 45C [113F] in Dubai?)
- Several energy drinks (I had been lolling about in the office all day)
- Two ASDM pins to trade
- Did I mention I got earplugs?
- TWO sleep masks (to go with the earplugs, I think)
- An “extremely loud” whistle (to ward off the pirates off the Somali coast?)
- Glow sticks (to “add an extra glow to parties”)
- Tube shot glasses (to add even more of a glow to those parties—I wonder why they didn’t include the booze?)
- The most aptly named “Nauzene” motion sickness pill (for Randy of course as I NEVER get seasick)
- A sewing kit (probably for me to stitch up Randy when he trips over the tube shot glasses at the party)
- Hand warmers (did I mention it was going to be 113F in Dubai?)
- Specialized playing cards for Hearts, Rummy, and Go Fish (for the times when Randy & I cannot think of a single other thing to do)
- Two harmonicas ( in case we want to enter the passenger talent show, or in case Randy & I want to clear the room of every other person)
- More earplugs
- A first aid kit with yet more energy drink, breath fresheners (are they trying to tell me something?), Dramamine (for Randy, of course), Advil PM & aspirin (did Randy put those in there?), anti-diarrheal AND laxative pills (no comment), a mini-flask (again, why didn’t they include the booze?), and last but most useful, hand sanitizer on a belt carrier.
- 3-D bookmarks (especially useful when trying to read and the ship is rocking and rolling)
- Specialized maps, some published some time in 1602 and written in Swedish, given to me so we don’t get lost down under and forget which way is up
- A journal so I’ll never forget what a great time we’ll have
- A monocular to use to help the captain find his way home by following the shorebirds
- The funniest and possibly most useful gift, a “Go Girl” that is "hygienic, portable, discreet, and reusable." None of the guys had any idea what that is. All the women knew exactly what it is.
- A guide to the stars from 1985—But the stars haven't changed in what? 4 billion years?
- And a (faux) leopard bag—Or maybe it’s faux cheetah or jaguar?—to carry it all in.
- And when all else fails, a certificate for a “Cheap divorce for cruisers” from the Law Firm of Lure’em, Fleece, and Screw’em whose legal advice is worth what I paid for it. Good at any of their offices, but of course they have no offices (thank you to Bill, lawyer/judge/co-captain).
|The 1985 star chart|
|I especially like the logo!|