I know, there is nothing any of us can do about getting old. 

After months of post card inactivity while in Russian Siberia, I have resumed writing and sending post cards. 

These two photos, taken in my kitchen, show what my writing post cards looks like.

When I go to a library or any location outside of my residence, I have a small writing kit that goes with me that holds all of my writing instruments.

As you can see, it is a small, double zipper, blue and orange, soft little nylon kit.

Below is every thing I need to write post cards or letters for that matter. All of them go into my writing kit.

So this afternoon, I went downtown to mail the first ten post cards that I wrote yesterday evening.

I also took my laptop downtown with me to see if I could get on-line at the Blue Sky Hotel via their Wi-Fi. I wanted to do some uploading of photos from my cameras.

I also wanted to write some additional Post Cards while at the Blue Sky Hotel, so I took with me my writing kit. 

So into my backpack went my laptop, its mouse, one camera around my neck and a second camera in my backpack, and my writing kit.

My backpack has three separate compartments.

Into the center compartment I put my camera and writing kit. Into the large bottom compartment I put my laptop.

After putting everything into my back pack, out and off I went.

And in so doing, I took a ‘real hit’.

I lost the camera in my back pack (with its digital memory chip having thousands of photos) and my most valuable Bobbsey when it comes to writing post cards, my writing kit.

When I got to the Blue Sky Hotel..

I was stunned to see that I had failed to zip shut the compartments of my back pack.

While on a crowded bus, some one had taken my camera and little writing kit.

Both were gone. They did not take my lap top figuring I would feel it being taken out of my back pack.

Do any of you want a ‘real bummer’ !

Above you have a ‘real bummer’ !

Today’s Rhetorical Question : Do any of you know how many times Patti has told me, as we were leaving a place..

“Cap! Your back pack is NOT zipped shut!”

Luckily I had put my ten post cards, along with unwritten post cards and $30 dollars worth of stamps, in with my lap top.


When I got home, there on my bed, was my missing / stolen camera and my missing /stolen writing kit.

I had forgotten to pack them.

Talk about a lose-lose situation. Had I gotten to the Blue Sky Hotel before I missed my writing kit and one of my cameras, I would have opened up my backpack only to find I’d left-at-home what I needed to have with me to do what I wanted to do when I got downtown. 

I am out of words and I am out of thoughts ..




  1. Patricia Boone

    WOW, What a dark hit that was. You had texted me during my night that you were hit with a really dark mood, then you told me on the phone today what it was about. I was frozen with empathy for you .. then you told me the rest of the story. What a loss this ‘could’ have been. ZIP UP THOSE COMPARTMENTS!!!! I am greatly relieved that this has a happy ending. Aging .. not for the faint of heart. Smiling, now, and sending love. Patti

    1. cap chastain

      In my mind, in my real world, the camera and the writing kit were gone and lost forever. For the most part I had worked my way through their loss because when I was at the Blue Sky Hotel visiting with you on the phone, I was in a, more or less, happy mood. You had no idea what I had just experienced.

      I think that maybe, call it 50-50, from now on I will do better remembering to zip up the compartments on my back pack. No guarantees however.

      Thank You My Dear One .. Love Cap

  2. Tom

    Wow – I LOVE Happy Endings ! Cap, Rule #62 applies here! Even ‘Hall of Fame’ level folks make occasional fumble/error/wild pitches – Tom

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Odd thing Tom. If I had gotten downtown with my back pack zipped up safe and secure, when I opened it up, I would have been disappointed to find I had not packed the one thing (my writing kit) that I needed to do what I wanted to do. Write post cards. Look for a post card addressed to you and Ginny. Thanks Tom .. Cap

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