Archive | March, 2013


7 Mar

I’ve never been a big fan of writing lists, but I have grudgingly acknowledged that they can sometimes be of value.

Then I read this: The Checklist Manifesto.

You can get it in hardback, dirt cheap in used paperback, or for your Nook or Kindle.  I don’t care how you get it, but get it and read it.

Not only is it interesting — we’re talking fighter pilots and medicine, David Lee Roth and M&Ms, Walmart and Katrina, that kind of interesting — it will change how you think about checklists.

Trust me on this.  You will thank me.


20 Days and Counting

3 Mar

Three weeks from now, I will be in the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura snoring blissfully, weary from overnight travel and the time zone change.

In the past few months, I’ve been preparing for what I’ve been calling my “adventure of a lifetime,” and this is what I think I have achieved:

  • No to Glacier-Splatting: Physical fitness increased for the hike.
  • Yes to Electricity: Converters purchased for the electrical essentials.
  • Maybe to “I’ve been lost here before”: Icelandic pronunciation has improved, and asking for directions might actually include the name of a road instead of fish bait.

Now come the lists:

  • What do I need?  What do I want?  What can I live without?
  • What do I see?  Where do I go?  What do I do?
  • Did I cancel mail delivery?  Did I give the fish their week-long food tablet?  Did I turn down the heat?

I’m open to suggestions!