Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Contest: The Things They Carry

Today begins the third pre-bus-boarding contest for which you can win a prize selected especially for you. The winner of the Scavenger Hunt was dnyamini. The second contest is ongoing: suggest a movie we should watch on the bus and if your suggestion is chosen, you win a prize.

The third contest involves your putting together a "Survival Kit" for those of us braving the crowds, weather, and whatever else! to be present in Washington, DC, for the inaugural activities. Remember, Homeland Security has prohibited certain items from being brought into the "ticketed area" (see below). While most of us don't have tickets to the swearing-in ceremony, we are still subject to being searched in the DC area around the Capitol building and the National Mall.

Red Cross officials have announced plans for 52 first aid stations along the parade route and near the National Mall. There will be approximately 5,000 portable toilets available for visitors.

Still, we should be prepared with our own survival pack. So, what should be in that pack and how best should we carry these items?

That's the contest: List 5 essential items that should be in the Survival Pack and the best way to carry them on our bodies. Make sure nothing is on the "Prohibited Items" list. The Pack selected as the best one wins the prize.

Rules: As always, you must
1. visit this blog site (duh),
2. click on the Google ad in the right column,
3. click "Back" to come back to this page from the ad, and
4. enter your list as a "Comment." (If you don't know how to use the "Comment" feature, let me know and I'll send instructions.)
5. You should sign on as a "Follower" of this blog, but that is not mandatory.

Remember, I can monitor when you sign in and click the ads, so you don't have to do anything special. Also, you DO NOT have to purchase anything in the ad; just click to go to the ad page and then click back.

That's it! Here is the list of items prohibited within the ticketed areas for the swearing-in ceremony:

Prohibited ItemsProhibited items include, but are not limited to:
Firearms and ammunition (either real or simulated) Explosives of any kind (including fireworks) Knives, blades, or sharp objects (of any length) Mace and/or pepper spray Sticks or poles Pockets or hand tools, such as “Leatherman” Packages Backpacks Large bags Duffel bags Suitcases Thermoses Coolers Strollers Umbrellas Laser pointers Signs Posters Animals (other than service animals) Alcoholic beverages
Other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screeners


Ancestral Blessings said...

The Things They Carry:

All items can be carried in a Fanny Pack:

1. Cell Phone – that is completely charged & has JB’s ph# programmed

2. Compact Pocket Size Hooded Emergency Rain Poncho

3. Antibacterial Hand wipes (travel size)

4. Hand Warmers (can be used for hands or feet)

5. Map of the DC area

Anonymous said...

Survival Kit by J.E.
My survival kit was: water, throw or blanket, fruit and nuts (snack) Dr. scholl shoes comforters, Vaseline or moisturizer for your face, and tissue (for runny nose).

Movie: Beaches with Bette Midler.

Michael d. Richberg said...

the things they carry- should consist of 2 pieces of photo I.D, cellphone and ac/charger,anti-bacterial wipes,wool pullover cap,woolgloves,warm insulated coat with removable insert(case it gets warm but I doubt it),disposable camera,chap stick,lotion,debit/creditcard,$20.00 cash in singles. All can be carried in fanny Pack or coat or jacket pockets. you should already have on warm socks,comfortable shoes and pants, thermal under top and bottom. you should also expect bad phone reception so brush up on your ability to texts messege.

dazzlingd said...

My 5 things to carry:

1. God, I don't leave home without Him.

2. A whole lot of Patience.

3. Consideration of others.

4. A small version of the American flag.

5. Pride