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now the question is whether to take as checked luggage my duffel bag or backpack.
the duffel bag holds more.
the backpack is easier to carry.
the duffel bag has been through baggage check many times and is a little worn in places.
the backpack has no visible weak points.
the duffle bag is just one big compartment: every sock for himself.
the backpack has little compartments for all sorts of categories of objects.

this is complicated by the possible choice of the small rollaway bag which
looks dorky being hauled down mission street.
is also worn from many trips through baggage check and initial cheapness.
doesn't hold any more than the duffle bag but has hard sides.
when not rolling is difficult to carry.

I'm leaning towards the duffel bag. I wonder what the chances are of its zipper failing and my dirty laundry being blown across the tarmac. I could wrap a couple of straps around it for greater stability.

there's no question as to which bag my books will be in. the checked bag. if I am lucid enough to read onboard the aircraft I will be too busy panicking to read. if I am relaxed enough to read, reading will put me to sleep. I think the ipod will be my friend in fact I ought to download some daily shows to watch. let me see if I can get itunes not to crash when accessing the music store. it almost always crashes and I don't know what the problem is and there are no simple cures anywhere on any of the mac boards that I've looked at.

then I think I will meditate and go to bed and do everything else that needs doing between 6am and 11.


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Aug. 13th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
I have a couple of questions that have nothing to do with your trip...

1) Which Zen center were you going to and what's it like?
2) Are all digital cameras compatible with Macs?
Aug. 13th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)
I go to city center at the san francisco zen center. mostly it feels old and established which can be a good thing insofar as they are very used to beginners since they are the biggest name in town and they have lots and lots of programs going, but can be a little bit of a drag as I think the philosophy itself gets a little diluted and distorted amongst the rather large crowd who go there. one sitting I went to a lay-priest said "you are completely safe when you meditate. nothing can hurt you," to which I wanted to say are you kidding? but I kept my mouth shut.

on the other hand diverse points of view means somebody will be on your wavelength. I've heard a couple of dharma talks I've liked. a couple. I have thought about going to a smaller place but I am of course afraid of being the only neophyte.

on cameras: Macs have drivers for most cameras on the market and iphoto will recognize your camera right away. if you get something unusual or a brand new model you might have to download drivers specifically for the Mac from the manufacturer's website, but the short version is that yes, nearly every digital camera is compatible with the Mac.
Aug. 13th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
That's where I figured you were going. So how many people show up for a meditation session?
Aug. 13th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
well I think the zendo holds fifty to seventy-five people and on saturday mornings it's full. it's good to get there early if you have a favorite spot. I've never been to one of the daily meditation sessions during the week but my guess is it is less crowded but with fewer beginners.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
Btw, there's a gay buddhist temple in SF called Hartford Zen Center.
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