@antedeluvian: "I found that a fanny pack was very conveneient until I got pickpocketed on the subway in Barcelona."
Aubrey, I'm afraid that AFAIK this is a huge problem in Barcelona's subway, but also in some touristic streets such as "La Rambla".
I've only visited Barcelona for work -- too bad, because I'm Spanish ;-) --, and I really enjoyed the free evening I spent in the city. I visited the Maremagnum and some of the beautiful Antonio Gaudi's buildings, but I recognize I was continously looking after my stuff because I got prevented about this issue by my friends.
David, unfortunately my employer has BANNED Chrome completely. Our "official" browser is IE (an old version at that), but we CAN use Firefox as long as we don't try to get any support from our IT department for it! The IT department actually controls our default program settings! Thus, if I click on a link in the daily e-mails from EET or in the "someone has replied..." e-mail, it opens an IE session. For all you Dilbert fans, I think the name of our CIO is Mordac....
@Antedeluvian... "I have just switched to a back with wheels". I researched a bit after I posted and Karrimor has been boiught out and moved to UK. Doesn't say where they actualy manufacture but I'd put money that it's in the east :-) But they still do something similar to what I had. But (age related concerns becoming greater) wheels sound like a good idea.
> "the restriced space in cattle class aggrievates my back." Don'tcha hate that? But on a recent South African Airways trip from Perth to Johannesburg they could not get the aisle wheelchair and my wife through the smaller space between the business class seats. After some trying the SAA lady said "Well you'll just have to stay here!" SAA business class seats are better than some first class seats I have been in. The control panel for the seat had 14 buttons and it reclined into a full bed. That is not likely to happen again but I tell you what, if I'm ever in the position to afford business class again I'll do it. It's about 2.5 times the cheap economy fare I usually try and get. And probably worth it....
@mhrackin....I have not had exactly that problem but get similarly mystifying things happening. It sometimes helps to restart your browser, and / or to delete the cache. In Internet explorer this is in Tools / Internet Options / general / delete browsing history. But if you're using IE, get something else...I use Google Chrome whihc is rock solid and works well with EET. The EET programmers don't like IE I think, pages frequently don't display properly in IE.
I noticed on the Saddleback site that the seeming majority of the reviews referred to the amazing ability of the belts to support a holster with a large pistol in it! My favorite belt for that purpose is one that I picked up some years ago (~14 or so) when I lived in Texas. It was quite inexpensive (about 15% of the "best" from Saddleback) and was actually a promotional item for the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, just east of I-35 at the Waco exit. It's tooled leather, and a thick piece of rawhide (at least 3/16 inch thick and 1,5 wide). It was sold (in the gift shop of course like all museums) next to the Chuck Norris/Walker wing. It will likely outlive me based on the minimal wear and tear so far! It goes quite nicely with blue jeans, of course. It holds my holster with the 9mm, and the belt twin magazine holder, with no perceptible sag.
I have another belt that I bought in Warsaw, Poland 20+ years ago in a very posh leather goods shop on Jerusalemski St.. Back then, I was at my peak all-time weight: that belt size was 105 cm. I still use it, but the current hole (I have a leather punch that I use to prolong the useful life of my belts during the years I was shedding 85 lb that I never mentioned in the "Hole-making thing" blog) is about 8 inches from the one i originally had to use! It's a graphic reminder how I am now a mere shadow of my former self!