Extra security has necessitated that I bring only the essentials. For my four hour flight back to the Bay Area, I edited down the usual mess of kitsch and junk. Here's what I ended up with: fur ear-flap hat (with pompoms!), pashmina, laptop, Nylon, Benefit coverup kit, Moleskine, David Rakoff essays, iPod, Gummy candies, Visine, and a tin of asprin.
PS: Since my change in locale (and incidentally, in carpet), I'm going to be switching up some font coloring. Just a heads up, so, you know, your eyes can adjust?