Daily Archives: October 12, 2012

Packing for travel

In the suitcase:

  • pills
  • all the usual undergarments
  • second pair of glasses
  • two pairs of shoes, one more dressy
  • messenger bag
  • two ties, handkerchief, pocket silk
  • umbrella
  • five shirts
  • a black gray blazer
  • belt
  • two pairs of cords
  • toilet kit
  • odds and ends, such as a quick shoeshine kit
  • raincoat and cap I bought last year in Vienna; scarf, gloves
  • a gift for Sir David Willcocks and his wife
  • audio recorder
  • battery charger and adapter

In the backpack:

  • camera
  • Siblin, Eric.  The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.
  • diary and pens
  • some magazines
  • computer, cables, power supply
  • travel papers and itinerary
  • Knight, Geoffrey.  The Riddle of the Sands.
  • business cards
  • tummy pills, moist towelettes
  • Bose QC15 noise cancelling headphones
  • iPod
  • some random book on Churchill’s leadership qualities
  • iPhone
  • British money (I keep leftover money in a plastic zip-loc bag when I leave a country, figuring I’ll be back soon.  I always seem to have £20 or so on hand.  At the current exchange, that’s $36 or so just sitting there waiting for next time.)


I’m sitting in Webster University’s East Academic Hall, room 254.  It’s Friday at 11, the end of the first eight weeks of this semester.  My students in Fundamentals of Music are taking a mid-term exam.  The test includes the circle of fifths (major only), all intervals within the space of an octave, terms from the first six chapters of the book, key signatures, and theoretical terminology about scale degrees.

They kids look a bit panicked right now.

We are all SO ready for a break……