Paraphernalia

Not Okinawa but Chiba. The grey bit is Tokyo Bay, which would be blue in Okinawa.

Not Okinawa but Chiba. The grey bit is Tokyo Bay, which would be blue in Okinawa.

I speak at a conference which is fun as lots of old friends are here.

Old Stanford friend Pisin Chen gets ready.

Old Stanford friend Pisin Chen gets ready.

My IPhone has no power. No problem as I scrabble in the bag I take everywhere, which is loaded with the paraphernalia of travel – computer power source, phone charger, ethernet cable, loads of different adaptors etc. Panic as I find not the phone charger. An enemy, probably Al Qaeda affiliate, must have borrowed it. Is it possible to exist two days with no IPhone?

During the coffee break I scamper to a convenience store and sure enough there is a rack of phone chargers. Of course I cannot read so I plump for the one that looks more or less like that what I think it should. Er.

I get back to the conference and rip off the packaging to find something quite different.

It is a power pack thing for independent charging.

It is a power pack thing for independent charging.

I am delighted with this as it means I can charge my IThings in weird places, on the boat, in the toilet, whilst walking down the beach, if I put them in my new waterproof camera bag I will be able to charge when diving, when under the shower, in the bath, in Scotland. This is a whole new dimension, which is actually the subject of the next talk.

Travel paraphernalia

Travel paraphernalia

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