I used that pirate Rachel image as my avatar on meetup.com for so long. I adore it! Alas, the heart and crossbones became a trademark for Tokidoki, or I would be using it for Rachel the Great right now.
I would get books on CD at the library and plan out what I would be reading during the trip, pulling the tracks onto this USB MP3 player I had. I read so much Eric Schlosser and Dave Barry on my convention tours!