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34 DESTINATIONS — September 2012

Dear Cheri & Tami, My partner and I are getting ready for

a long vacation and we need help with packing. We always

seem to take too

much, too little, or not the right things and are not sure how to organize our things during the trip. We were wondering if you had any cool packing tips. Signed, Chris and Pat Dear Chris and Pat, I feel your frustrations and we’ve all

been there. Over the years I have acquired some tips from friends and clients that I’d love to share with you. Being from San Diego and growing up with military friends, one in particular would always tell me “Pack like a Marine!” Here are a few suggestions: 1. Marines can pack half of life neatly

in a duffl e. Some things pack well and save space when rolled up, especially T-Shirt or any knit fabrics (for the ladies). Example:

T-shirt. Fold both sides in

toward the back of the shirt so that the sides almost touch the back. Turn back the sleeves. Fold in half by bringing the hem end up to the shoulders, roll up from the fold to the top, then…grab both ends of your roll and pull to stretch it. The fi nal tug gets rid of a lot of wrinkles. 2. Yes, not

curled up like a T-shirt,

everything does better so for outfi ts

for the Big Event remember those fl imsy cardboard boxes from holiday gift-giving? Gently fold your items with the tissue papers and pack them last on top. Sure, the box will crush a little as you zip your bag closed, the item will come out a LOT better than packed on its own. 3. I always recommend the rules of

multiplication! If you pack items that coordinate, you might be surprised how many combinations you can come up

with. I like to pick three colors (my choice is black, white and taupe), then throw in a splash of color. For example, just one jacket, two shirts, two pairs of pants and a skirt can yield up to eight plus outfi ts. Use costume jewelry or ties

to make

outfi ts even more unique. Now, here’s the hard part ladies: three pairs of shoes: comfortable closed toe walking shoes (such as sneakers or clogs), sandals and a dress shoe. 4. If you do happen to take more shoes

on your trip, they’re caverns waiting to be fi lled up! Rollup your tanks, socks or any smaller items and stuff in your shoes.


your shoes won’t pass the sniff test, fi rst put your items in a plastic bag, press the air out and then insert into your shoes. “Waste no open space!” 5. Make a list and check it twice! One

of my favorite websites on packing tips is Lists are good for more than one reason. The usual reason is to avoid forgetting something, but another important reason is if it’s not on the list, it

shouldn’t be in your bag! Because

all necessary items are on the list, this defends against last-minute attacks of “I might need this.” Having a little room in your luggage is always good – that way you have a place to stash the fun stuff you fi nd in your travels. Happy Packing! Cheri and Tami If you have a travel question or problem

you would like to submit, please contact Tammy Sikorski or Cheri Sigurdson at El Sol Travel-located at 10325 E. Riggs Road, Suite 105, Sun Lakes, Arizona 85242. Or call us directly at 480-895-9362; or email at or cheri@ View our website at:

OF THE MONTH Word of the Month: Wiki

W. Smith What were you doing in 1995? That

was the year of O.J. Simpson’s trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. It was also the year Yahoo and eBay were founded. And Jerry Garcia died. Back to Yahoo and eBay. In 1995 many

newcomers to technology were learning about e-mail, Windows, and modems. American computer programmer Ward was way ahead of us. Cunningham came up with his own innovation. He created a new computer technology based on collaboration rather than competition. Calling his innovation a “wiki,” the

Hawaiian word for “quick,” he developed software

that allows people

collaboratively to organize information on websites. Let’s think back to pre-1995. Maybe you

looked something up on a search engine such as Google. And maybe you clicked on one of the items listed, and you were taken to a website you were interested in. You could read about your topic for days. In fact, we still use this approach for most of our Internet research. In 1995 Cunningham took everything

to a new level. The new type of website, based on his software, allows you to make changes to, add, delete, or otherwise edit content on someone else’s wiki site with just a browser (like Explorer) that your computer already has. Wikipedia, not the only wiki website

you can fi nd but probably the biggest, is a free encyclopedia. The articles are created by unpaid contributors (usually


experts), and you can edit them so you can actually edit Wikipedia. I know that’s true. A few years ago my friend tested her power by going to a health article in Wikipedia. She deleted one word (“not”) so that the text was incorrect and, in fact, potentially harmful. She logged off and then back on to look at the modifi ed content. There was her misinformation on that website for all to see. Reminder, like anything on the web,

we users have to read the information with a goodly amount of skepticism. Remember that change my friend

made to the health website? Were you worried about someone reading her misinformation? Even if she hadn’t fi xed it, her nuisance act probably would have been detected anyway. That’s because even though a wikifi ed website operates on the principle of collaborative trust, there are tools that make it possible to detect that a change has been made. Other contributors keep an eye on content, and as one writer said “Contributors tend to be more numerous and persistent than vandals.” So if you write an article on Tewa

cosmology and post it on a wiki website such as Wikipedia,

I’ll be right there to

correct any errors you make, and if I’m right, others will support my correction. Collaboration can be a good thing. That’s enough technology for the

month. Let me know whether it made sense or submit your own special word, along with some comments that shed light on it, to 





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