Rituals

I’m probably not alone but I have the same repeating process I go through for every photography road trip I take.

A mental checklist, barely deviated from, hardly ever discussed and seldom thought about.

Trudy’s mother announces that she’ll be making egg salad in honor of my leaving.

I don’t eat egg salad, the girls only have it when I’m going on a trip.

Having egg salad while I’m gone is the girl’s ritual.

Check the weather report.

While the wife runs to the grocery, I’ll rearrange the vehicles in the garage so I can get to the truckster.

Stare out the window of the office, look for positive indications that all will go well.

Check the weather report.

Pack the camera gear in the travel pack.

Charge the camera batteries.

Repack the camera gear in the pack.

Gather the tripods.

Check the weather report.

Pack the clothing bag. (Don’t forget the tooth brush)

Update the Garmin GPS.

28% complete.

Charge the laptop.

Charge the iPhone, put charger in the laptop case.

Check the weather report.

Damn it, the forecast has changed.

Garmin GPS update complete.

lump everything I’ve packed in the office into one easy to get to pile.

Stare out the window of the office, look for positive indications that all will go well.

Put a little cash in my wallet.

Gas up the truckster.

Have dinner and watch a movie with the wife before going to bed.

Stop by my office on my way to bed.

Check the weather report one more time before bed.