Travellin’ Light – Off to Fiji

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Tonight’s post will be mercifully short. Of course, that’s what I always say when I plan to blather on until you are nervously looking over your shoulder to see if the boss is watching you waste the company’s valuable resources surfing the web.

As you may have learned from previous posts, I am off to Fiji tomorrow to join my gorgeous woman for eight blissful days of working my bum off writing magazine articles to pay for my trip. Sounds like fun, eh? Well, it’s better than staying at home in an empty bed. I get freakier than usual when she’s not around. I mean scary freaky. I talk to myself. Sometimes I talk to Eunie, even though I know she’s not there. “So, where did you hide the jam? I can’t find the jam. Yeah, I know  it’s in the fridge, but where  in the fridge?”

And then there’s packing. That’s one area where I take no chances. I never travel anywhere, including clear around the world (about twelve times now) with anything more than a back pack. My theory is that the less stuff I have to pack the more likely is that I won’t forget anything important. Does that make sense? I can’t tell.

Here is my packing:

Travellin' Light - Off to FijiI have my clothes: a shirt with a collar, two t-shirts, a pair of “tropical whites”, some crappy old shoes, the necessary undergarment or two and a belt to hold my pants up since my bum seems to have evaporated into old age  The backpack will soon contain my Toshiba.  I also have my Speedos, the modest kind, my dive mask, underwater housing, cameras (two), battery charger, Valium, Nasonex and another drug which I shall not name, but which is very necessary. There’s the all important passport and about half a tree’s worth of paperwork necessary to get me to Nandi and back. Oh, the wallet is there too.

Poor Sheba is in a dither. She has been acting more strangely than usual since Eunie left on Friday. Though she looks relatively calm in the photo, she has been running around in little circles scratching the floor where there is nothing but dust bunnies and whimpering as if she were saying, “Something bad’s gonna happen, I just know  it!” I think that she has lived with me too long.

I never bother with toothbrush, toiletries, etc. I just get what I need when I need it. I don’t have a cell phone, because some jerks stole it from my boat last week. More about that later.

I don’t take much clothing, since I compulsively wash out whatever I wore that day before I go to bed. It’s usually dry enough to wear in the morning. If not, I go the back-up garment.

HAVE I FORGOTTEN ANYTHING?  For pity’s sake, please call me immediately if you note that some critical item is missing.

Never fear, I shall continue, connections allowing, cluttering up your screen with my sorry excuse for daily entertainment. I might even stumble onto something amusing. Hey, I’m not Jay Leno. What do you expect?

If I do, I will surely pass it on. If I don’t I’ll just keep taking up space.

I just noticed. I managed to mention my bum twice in this post. Is that too many times?

No, wait! Make that three!

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5 Responses to “Travellin’ Light – Off to Fiji”

  1. Keith Says:

    T’will be interesting to read your comparison between a former British colony and a former Australian mandated territory.

    How have the two handled the intervening 35 years since independence?

    Cultural differences.

    Lifestyle in a military dictatorship cf lifestyle in Madang.

  2. Lorraine Collins Says:

    ….I don’t think the dog will fit in the backpack…
    What’s Eunie doing in Fiji?

  3. MadDog Says:

    You’re right, Lorraine, Sheba wouldn’t fit in the back pack. She kicked squirmed when I tried to fold her up and sitck her in.

    Eunie is off on a free trip to represent the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a Pacific Islands forum. I’ll have more on it later. I’m sitting across the dinner table from her now in Nandi.

    Love – MadDog

  4. MadDog Says:

    Keith, I dipped briefly into the political comment cesspool. I didn’t much care for the experience. Some very scary words begin to waft back to you on the breeze. I’m very much aware and experienced with a lot of the nuances of which you speak, but I’m a US citizen and a guest in PNG. PNG certainly has some serious issues concerning the nature of democracy going on now. They are none of my business. I am an amused observer. As for Fiji . . . are you kidding? I have nothing to say. Whatever they are doing, it seems to be working better than in many other places which are critical of the process.

    Private conversations are one thing, blabbing on about things I know little about . . . I’ll leave that to non-political subjects.

    However, having said that, I’ll leave it up to readers to ponder your very excellent queries.

  5. MadDog Says:

    Right, Lorraine. I tried to fold Sheba up and stick her in, but she wasn’t cooperative. Eunie is a representative of the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a big Pacific Islands conference. I’ll have some posts about it later.