This is a chronicle of our annual Halloween trip from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4 including the Orleans, MSS, and Suncoast. I'll be leaving for the airport in a few hours for eight nights in my favorite place, but it's been a rough morning so far. Around midnight I was awakened by a repeating series of four loud beeps coming from the computer room. I thought the computer was taken over by demons; but after realizing it wasn't coming from the speakers, I thought it might have been coming from the internal sound device and shut down the machine. Nope, it ended up being a low battery warning from the cordless phone right next to it! Removing the battery silenced the darn thing. Unable to get back to sleep, I dug in the closet for a replacement battery pack and knocked over a glass jar of rubber bands which shattered into a zillion pieces after hitting the hardwood floor. Being careful not to cut myself, I proceeded to pick up the pieces. The bright red spots on the floor indicated I wasn't careful enough. It's amazing how so much blood can come from such a small cut and how long it took to stop. Of course, I didn't have a spare battery. Settling down for a little surfing before shower time, I then proceeded to knock over my Hydro Flask full of coffee, which naturally ran into my relatively new illuminated keyboard. Maybe it will be dried out by the time I return in nine days, as I'm now getting at least four characters for each key press! (I'm currently using another keyboard and am grateful I wasn't using a laptop!) I sure hope the rest of the day goes smoother, but it's hard to feel lucky at this point. Heck with winning - I just hope I don't fall in the shower, get to the airport in one piece, and somehow make it to the hotel without anything else going wrong. Whoops - just remembered I still have to pack!