Making a fourth career in film.
Nice. Can't find those item links, though...
The Saramonic has a headphone socket, so while it wouldn't monitor sound *as received by the camera*, presumably the boom operator could do a master cross-check between boom and camera for levels and quality at the start of a shot. After that they'd still be flying blind, so to speak, but at least they'd be able to monitor what they were picking up. One advantage of the Rodelink for this is that the Receiver unit read-out shows if the connection drops out and Transmitter battery life (not easy to see at a great distance, though).
Um, folks, Buddy's ending is being sucked through a jet engine and exploding in a fireball because he (big fashion mistake) chose a cape for his outfit. That's really not "bitter-sweet", it's ironic and well-deserved come-uppance.
Hang on to all those little sachets of silica gel that come with things you buy and pop a couple into any ziplok bags you're keeping equipment in. Then you're not risking sealing moisture in with your precious stuff.