(Alternate title: “This Sort of Thing is My Bag, Baby, Yeah!”)
You may recall (from earlier post “Miscellanies”) that my in-laws gave me a new computer bag for Christmas. This week spring semester started, and so I’ve been back on the bike, which has given me a whole new appreciation for the new bag. For example, it’s a messenger bag, but it also has a T-strap that goes across the waist for added stability while cycling. Also, you’ll recall I was especially stoked about the separate compartment for my water bottle. Well, good news: the matching one on the other side is perfect for the iPod, so Ben Harper and Lauryn Hill have shared the ride the past couple of days.
But the most impressive achievement came today. I bought some of the books I needed for spring this morning, and when I got ready to head home this afternoon I was trying to figure out the best way to handle this plastic bag with 7 or 8 books in it. I was afraid if I just looped a strap through the handle on the bag it would tear, and I’d be running across Providence Rd picking up books. (It happened once with a Croc.) So I thought, I’ll just put a few books in my computer bag, and then the plastic bag will be lighter. So one, two, three books in the computer bag. Hmm, still room. One more. Wait, there’s a zippered compartment here. There’s one or two more. Well, now it’s a challenge, so I did some re-shifting, and it took some doing, but my new bag held all the books I bought today! And my computer, the lunch I didn’t eat, and everything else that’s pictured below. Way to go Patagonia. Way to go Nashes.