After going slightly insane this morning in an attempt to locate a memory stick I decided it was time to get a bit organized. It is not that anything really could get away from me as there is a limited number of places in which I can put something. But there are two cupboards in the desk, a couple of night stands, suitcases, backpack, camera case, closet, drawers…. Anyway, you get the idea. Just as I had everything scattered out all over the place comes the knock on the door. Laundry. Probably a good idea since that was 24 more items to get organized.
So the papers are all in one place, the electronics in another and the knitting all in a third. Which goes to explain why I finally found a thumb drive in a case tucked in the bottom of my carry-one camera backpack. Not just the last place I looked, but the last place to look….
Lectures this morning: another on the Panama Canal which featured the geography from the Pacific to the Atlantic which made me totally confused since he had the Pacific on the right side of the slide and the Atlantic on the left. Never mind the canal which lets you travel from the Atlantic on the east to the Pacific on the west actually is more north/south. When we transited the last time it was from the Atlantic through to San Diego. The lecture also covered the actual mechanics of the locks (include the double gates on the first lock at either end to seriously decrease the chances of an idiot (or sabotage) helping the inner sea become one with an ocean. Draining out one of the inner lakes would not just be an ecological disaster but would result in all the in-transit ocean going vessels being stranded in the mud. Since neither 40 days and nights of rain or them instantly turning into arks happily stranded on a mountain top, such an event would simple become an incredibly expensive nightmare.
After all those happy thoughts, it was much more fun to watch the next lecturer entertain us with dolphins.