The sign at security says “Take your laptop out of its case”. So there’s my little mini-mac sitting neatly in the big plastic tray.
Yes, it’s small isn’t it, and it really doesn’t weigh much at all.
But there’s not just the mini-mac. There’s also an ipad. I have the ipad because although it does mostly the same things as the mini-mac it is much better for reading – but much, much worse for writing. So I need both right?
Oh yes, here’s the blackberry. Well I need it because it means I’m never anywhere without being connected. You have no idea how much email I get every day and I have to deal with it all at the time or I’ll never catch up.
Aah. Well this is a kindle and I’ve got my fiction on that. And that’s an ipod for music so I can read without getting interrupted by other people’s conversations.
You have to search my bag? What’s this? Well that’s storage. Yes I know it’s kind of odd to have six memory sticks and an external hard drive as well, but I use them for different things… well that’s just how it is.
This? That’s a flip video in case I see anything interesting and this is an MP3 in case I need to do an interview…
Yes I know I could probably just have one thing which does the lot but I’ve got them all as separate anyway. You just have to understand that these are all essential and that they are all bits of my brain. I can’t do without any of them. In fact thinking that any of them might not work or that I might have to choose between them sends me into a panic.
I did leave the drive with the films on at home.
What’s at the bottom of my bag? Well that’s all the chargers and plugs. I really do need all of them. Every one. I couldn’t get by without them.
Yes. I’m an academic. How did you guess?
I’ll just be a little while here at the end repacking.