[I’m scheduling a number of posts, some of them foolishness, to show up automatically while we’re in Ecuador. The wonders of WordPress.]
Remember what Karl Malden used to say? “American Express Travelers Checks: Don’t leave home without them!” And then the ad would show a horrible scene of a honeymooning couple who did leave home without them, lost everything and went crying to the embassy, destitute.
With credit and debit cards, travelers’ checks are now as out of style as Karl Malden’s hat. But what has never gone out of style, like ketchup on A Prairie Home Companion, is good old-fashioned duct tape (click link for 101 uses).
I won’t say that our surgeons use duct tape as extensively as the ones in the cartoons below, but the stuff is so useful on these medical missions that we never leave home without it.
[Liveblogging update from Salcedo, Ecuador: while we were unpacking and sorting the medical supplies this afternoon, Mary T the O.R. nurse (aka Boss Mary, as there are four of them this year) looked for a roll of duct tape and when she found it said, “The most important tool in the O.R.” Sometimes these blog posts just plain write themselves.]