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07 January 2010 @ 09:58 pm
What would you do if you knew it was your last day on Earth?  
Well, here's my to-do list for the day before my departure for Mars:
  • Deal with all mail (not done)
  • Do dishes
  • Get money
  • Buy wool pants, sweater
  • Call hotel for airport shuttle
  • Read The Real Mars, return to library
  • Turn on international roaming for Kate's phone (not done)
  • Yoga (skipped class)
  • Resubmit latest rejected story (not done)
  • Make appointment for furnace tune-up
  • Clear camera memory card (not done)
  • See China Design exhibit at art museum (museum closed by power outage)
  • Fold laundry
  • Pick up comics from Excalibur (not done)
Kate and I also had a nice Indian dinner and watched Shaun of the Dead. And now to bed... early early flight tomorrow.


ETA: According to @MDRSupdates, all 6 people in the crew before mine are sick with colds. Any advice for NOT catching it from them?

shaolingrrlshaolingrrl on January 8th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Mmmmm...."Shaun of the Dead".....
Twilighttwilight2000 on January 8th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Clear the camera memory card before you go!!!

Have a blast!
Kalimackalimac on January 8th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
how to not catch a cold
Wash your hands, wash wash wash, frequently. Especially don't eat any finger food or rub your eyes or anything like that without washing your hands immediately before.
Cliff: Playing Sitarobadiah on January 8th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: how to not catch a cold
Ditto all that. My wife's an MD, and she says washing your hands with soap and warm water is the best thing. I would add drink water and get enough sleep.

The gel hand sanitizers are a good second-best for situations where you can't wash your hands.

If you go out in a spacesuit, be aware that cold germs can survive clinging to a surface (such as gloves or a faceplate) for about 48 hours, even on Mars.
Rob Frenchrfrench on January 8th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
You need money on Mars?
e_bournee_bourne on January 8th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: cold, ditto the above. Know where your hands have been. Wash often, get those annoying wipes if you must. Don't touch your face without washing your hands off first. Watch where your food's been.
e_bournee_bourne on January 8th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh and have such a wonderful, frabjuous, glorious time!
Cliffobadiah on January 8th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Get money

So, um, where are you going to spend money on Mars?

Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummondbirdhousefrog on January 8th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
I love that it's your last day on Earth and you've made an appointment for a furnace tuneup! (btw, I'm terribly excited by your trip.)

Katekateyule on January 8th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
He's just thinking of the loved one(s) he's leaving behind....
threeoutsidethreeoutside on January 8th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
In addition to all the hand-washing, etc., suck on Zinc lozenges (you're not supposed to chew them). One every four hours. Start now, since you know you'll be surrounded by cold germs. It may not stave off a cold 100% but in my experience, it reduces a cold's severity and longevity by ~ one-half. And I swear, it *has* staved off colds altogether for me.

I am the very antithesis of a person who believes in herbs and crystals. I had to try Zinc lozenges for myself before I believed what people were saying about them & their effects on colds.

Good luck, and wow, you're going to Mars!!!!
dd-bdd_b on January 8th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Your list is definitely different from mine. If it was my last day on Earth, I would NOT be concerned with the dishes, folding laundry, or a furnace tune-up!

Of course, it's not actually your last day on Earth; you're coming back. That makes all the difference.
Tomvoidampersand on January 8th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Hand washing is good. Basically you're going to a small con that just happens to be on another planet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinfectant#Home_disinfectants recommends wiping surfaces down with a 1:20 dilution (in water) of household bleach. Wear rubber gloves.
kathrynmicekathrynmice on January 8th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
advice on the common cold...
wash everything including your hands every time you think about it. dishes before and after you eat out of them. the inside of your space suit excpecially the face plate. the doorknobs, if Mars has such things. and don't get so excited by the blast off and landing that you can't sleep and run your immune system down.

good luck and I hope to see you again!

Steve Green: Rotwangstevegreen on January 8th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Just watch out you don't wake up in 1973 instead.
Timapparentparadox on January 8th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Really, really, really, don't touch your face (eyes, mouth, nose esp.). I keep a kleenex in my pocket and I'm trying to train myself to always use that if I'm going to rub my eyes or nose or such.

Try to keep your distance from people who are coughing/sneezing.

Not sure if this is just my own superstition, but shower before you climb into bed to remove any germs that are on your skin, rather than have them on the sheets next to you for the next several hours. [I learned that about allergens, it should carry over to cold germs]