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Subject:How (not) to pack for Kinkfest
Time:12:27 am
Buy a ginormous suitcase a few days ahead of time.

Take all of the rope from your rope class, along with the carabiners and suspension ring, and put it in the bitch bag, then put that in the suitcase.

Throw in three pairs of boots. Yeah, three should be enough.

Add a corset, elbow-length leather gloves, and the leather vest.

Hrmm, maybe you should bring some clothes too? Yeah, OK. Throw in clothes. Hunt high and low for the one shirt you absolutely have to have, and find it ten minutes later.

Toiletries? Umm, yeah. Don't forget those.

And while you're at it, grab a stash off all the drugs and vitamins you're snarfing down right now.

Toys. Oh shit, toys. Take everything out of the toybag, put it away, and then contemplate what you're going to pack. Rethink it a few times. Realize that for the first time in your life, you're going to a big kink event without floggers, and that's OK.

Put toybag in suitcase.

Remember to take the switchblade out of your purse.

Yikes! Almost forgot to pack the wrist braces.

Close the suitcase, put it on the scale. Realize it's twelve pounds over the airline's weight limit. Bloody hell.

Remove one pair of boots. Realize rope is quite heavy, and remove a couple hanks of it.

Weigh the suitcase again. Shit, still five pounds over the limit. Search the TSA website to see if rope is legal in a carry-on. Nothing says it isn't, but do you really want to lose your rope? Remove the suspension ring and aggressively cull the rope-- if you need some while you're there, you can borrow it. Put the boots back.

Weigh suitcase, and discover it's half a pound under the weight limit. Decide that's too close for comfort, and with deep sadness remove one toy.

Stare wistfully at the big pile of rejected rope.

Pack up the laptop and assorted cables.

Contemplate putting the suspension ring into the carry-on, then realize it's several pounds of metal that you don't really need.

Freak out briefly about what you've forgotten, then realize that Portland has these cool things called stores that might help with anything you've forgotten.

Doublecheck that you have your boarding pass, car reservation, hotel reservation.

Pack the GPS in case you've forgotten how to find things in Portland.

Check the time, and note that your plane leaves in seven hours. Sleep, maybe? And what moron books an 8 a.m. flight, anyway? Oh, yeah, that would be you.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2008-03-28 08:58 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful time!
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2008-03-28 01:26 pm (UTC)
Alternative solution is to check two suitcases. Or you can always curbside check and slip the skycap $10 and he won't weigh it.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-03-28 02:40 pm (UTC)
I was over the total allowance, or I would have just checked two. curbside is a good call, though. thanks!
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caged_ape
Subject:The Platters Said It Best!
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Time:2008-03-28 01:30 pm (UTC)
"Only you can make this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you"


Have a great time!
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stevecohen
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Time:2008-03-28 03:05 pm (UTC)
As a regular teaser of the weight limits (well, as the spouse of a regular teaser of the weight limits) I can all but guarantee that you are OK at one or two over. At five it really depends on the CSR but you are only about 30% likely to be OK. At ten over you are boned.

Having said that - there is really no need to remove anything when you are a half-pound under. Hell - that is add stuff time at our house.

Have a great weekend!
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chukspace
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Time:2008-03-28 07:22 pm (UTC)
Let me know how that suitcase works out for you. I'm need a new carry on and the 22" model of that line is tempting me.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-03-29 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm about to go back and buy the 22" version myself. If you're still in the bay area, the luggage place in the Emeryville strip mall hell has it for $150 I think.
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j5nn5r
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Time:2008-03-28 11:00 pm (UTC)
this sounds remarkibly like how and what I packed when I went to Iraq in 2004.

My suitcase was 90 pounds.
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drj0402
Subject:What!
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Time:2008-03-30 02:15 am (UTC)
You're in Portland and I'm in the Bay Area this week? Sorry I missed you.
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chellewoods
Subject:1 pound over....
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Time:2008-04-04 10:56 am (UTC)
And they made me remove items from my suitcase.....Really cheesed me off since were were 4 people and were only checking 2 bags. Packed toys for my vacation....Got a note from TSA that my bag had been "hand inspected". I know they had the toys out because they weren't in the same spots in the suitcase. Eww. Thank goodness for disinfecting wipes!
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