the perfect bag…

As many of you know, I love bags. I’m not sure if this alone qualifies me as Metro, but I’m sure it figures in there somewhere.

Ever since I made my first belt-hung pouch, I’ve been addicted to finding the perfect bag to carry all my essentials. Of course, that list has grown a lot over the years, and it’s once again time to rethink the strategy.

My recent interaction with Timbuk2 (great stuff) has got me thinking again about how I lug my stuff around. I used to have this little not unpurse-like dealie that held my currency, cards, palm pilot, and a notepad and pen. For many years that was all I needed. During my recent trip to the land of the rising sun, I observed that a large number of men were using waist-level bags for their gear. I’m soooo ahead of my time (laughing at self).

Then, I got a laptop. I decided I needed a laptop bag. At this time, I was looking for something integrated. Carry it all in one bag. One bag to rule them all, so to speak. I first used a Victorinox laptop messenger bag. It worked well until I got my powerbook. It wasn’t really big enough for the new lappy, and I wanted more padding, since I spent my own money on the thing (as opposed to being a work-owned machine). Ultimately, I found Timbuk2. The Commute bag had everything I was looking for.

After about 3 years or so with the integrated approach, I’m ready to move on. As anyone who has lugged a lot of junk around at a conference all day with a messenger bag can tell you, they kill your back for long hauls. So, I’d like to be able to transfer key gear from a messenger bag to a backpack, for “better body mechanics”, as A2C would say.

So, this is the approach I’m taking now: modularity. I’m going to get a laptop sleeve and several small gear bags for things like cords, and get a plain messenger bag, and a plain backpack. I’ll see how this goes in terms of convenience and comfort. I can already think of some situations where the backpack is going to save me. Also, there are times I don’t want to lug the laptop around at all (I know, I know, perish the thought!), and it’d be nice not to lose the space dedicated to an integrated laptop compartment in my bags.

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timbuk2 Rocks!

Almost 2 years ago, I received a Timbuk2 Commute from A2C. It’s been one heck of a bag. Plenty of storage, decent padding for the 15″ PowerBook, and it’s well-constructed and nearly waterproof.

About a year ago, I noticed that the stitching was coming undone around the tote handle at the top of the bag. Also, the thermal molding on the back of the bag was coming apart. I emailed Timbuk2 customer service, and they said they’d be happy to replace the bag. Awesome. So, I waited until it was convenient to send the bag out.

A year goes by. I finally decide I can give up lugging my laptop around long enough to get the bag replaced. I fill out an online form and send in the bag via UPS. Timbuk2 still honors the warrnty claim, even though it’s been over a year since I made the claim. They really stand behind their products.

My new Detour (a backpack/messenger hybrid bag) is on its way. I’m psyched. I’ve managed to acquire a strap pad, an iPod case and a phone holster since I first got the Commute. Now they’ll just be transferred over to the Detour.

Anyway, I’d highly recommend their bags for anyone looking for a good general purpose laptop bag. I know I’ve certainly been pleased not only with the bag, but with the stellar customer service from Timbuk2. It’s companies like this that continue to renew my faith in small companies.

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Guitar Guru

Haha! Via Music Thing, this is the funniest Flash animation I’ve seen since I first watched Homestar Runner. Mr. Fastfinger is a guru that can play M34n Lix0rz. It’s interactive, so you get to make him jam and you have to use his abilities to defeat a demon accordionist. Very funny!

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New Crack City

So A2C and I are in DC for a little R&R. We go shopping one day, and she gets me to try an iced-decaf-soy milk latte at *$s. I have to say, I’m hooked. We got a coffee/cappuccino machine for our wedding, and we just made some at home this last weekend.

Now, I’ve tried avoiding caffeine for a long time, as it has some pretty bad effects on my sleep. However, I think I’ll have to find a place for this new fascination.

Ah, sweet addiction, thy name is iced-decaf-soy milk latte.

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Grandma was right…

You know, back when I was a kid, I thought it was so stupid when some well-meaning adult would say, “you know, that’s how wars are started!”, in response to kids in disagreement on something. I remember thinking, “yeah, right. As if world leaders are really so childish as to put the lives of their countrymen at stake for really pedantic reasons.” I always thought that the world of adults was about really important things, and that they were above playing silly games, or starting conflicts over seemingly meaningless words or actions, or doing completely irrational and stupid things.

To all of you well-meaning adults who have ever uttered those words, my sincerest apologies.

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Dare da?

Oh man! I’m so psyched! ADVFilms is releasing the original anime, uncut, of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman! This seminal cartoon from the 70’s is the foundation for all other team-based anime. You have all the archetypes: the righteous, but inexperienced leader, the loner who is out for revenge, the “princess”, the little guy and the big fat guy.

This show made appearances in the US as “Battle of the Planets” and “G-Force”, and even “Eagle Riders”. Needless to say, this show was my first introduction to Japanese animation. From then on, I was hooked. I’ve loved anime and manga ever since.

So, if you’re feeling nostalgic, or you want to see what the buzz is about, then check it out!

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potty training

okay, this is a rant.
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I really don’t understand why grown, seemingly intelligent people urinate all over the toilet seat and fail to clean up their own mess. Public areas I might understand, since there’s typically not a set group of people that frequent them. However, in a corporate setting, it is simply without explanation.

I mean, really! One spends a significant amount of time in the workplace. Do people only go to the bathroom once per day? Do they think that it’s going to be magically cleaned up for them before they have to go to the bathroom later in the day? Is there such a fear of contact with the toilet seat that it’s unthinkable to raise the seat? Have people not been taught how to wipe up their piss from the toilet seat? What gives?

If someone came to your house and peed all over your toilet seat and didn’t clean it up, you’d be really upset, right? So then why would otherwise intelligent people find it perfectly acceptable to make a mess of the bathroom that they visit probably as frequently as the one in their homes?

Okay, maybe it’s just one person spoiling it for everyone, but then why is it like this in almost every office I’ve ever been in?

What am I missing here?
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Okay, got that off my chest. Better now.

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getting around to things…

Probably about 11 years ago, my french professor told me I should read Vonnegut. She said I’d probably enjoy his dark humor. Well, today, I finally picked up a copy of Slaughter-house Five. I read the first page or two, and it seems really interesting so far.
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insomnia

Well, I stayed up too late, and now, I’m just up. Can’t sleep, but my body is really tired. Grrr…
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