saNEPac Live Blogging – Essentials vs. Essentials

We’ve arrived on board the J. P Tully, and have finished loading all of our personal effects and scientific gear onto the ship.  After a brief stint in Sydney for dinner and to peruse a couple of used book shops, a few of us are back on board taking stock of our soon to be marine themed lives before we set sail tomorrow evening.

This is my fifth oceanographic expedition, and I like to think I have personal packing for a cruise down to a *ahem* science. There appear to be two categories of stuff you bring with you – essential items (i.e. clothes to keep you warm) and essential items (i.e. comfort items of sorts).  I’ve broken down my gear into these categories (judge as you wish):

Essential personal gear:

  • a dozen pairs of socks, undershirts, and ginch (hah, this the first time ginch has been used on a Terry post – honest)
  • one plaid lumber jack long sleeved shirt
  • 3 pairs of jeans and shorts with various t shirts and sweaters
  • a warm, water proof jacket
  • a toque
  • hand moisturizer (seawater eats away at your hands) and assorted toiletries
  • Camera gear (Pentax K20D & K1000 w/ various lenses, Mamiya RB67B, Panasonic Lumix DMC LX3 for video)

Essential personal gear:

  • Ethernet cable
  • 1/4 quart of Lagavulin 16yr single malt scotch (sealed in a mason jar)
  • 8oz flask of phrog vodka
  • A bag of bridge mixture,  jelly bellies (mostly cherry and root beer), and cola candies
  • A half pound of Artigiano’s private reserve espresso and a french press
  • A dozen movies I’ve been meaning to watch for the 6 months
  • 10 gigs of music

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: