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"Hand me a book." "Which one?" "Doesn't matter, I'm just testing the capacity of the new satchel." - badgerblog
May 21st, 2012
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"Hand me a book." "Which one?" "Doesn't matter, I'm just testing the capacity of the new satchel."
I may have found a new satchel. This is a big deal for me: I've carried the same satchel since the fall of 1999 and I've repaired it, replaced the shoulder strap twice, broken the D-rings for the shoulder strap, ripped the replaced D-rings out of their loops and repaired those with JB Weld, etc. etc. This bag isn't made anymore, the two main zippers are failing, and I've had two different repair people tell me the way the zippers are attached it'd have to be disassembled completely to repair it and then they refused to take on the job. Wouldn't give me a price quote. At least TRY to scare me with an estimate. I've tried three different bags in the last two years and none of the three have worked, although I turned one into a backup BOB.



The old bag was a leather TUMI case that I think was intended as a legal briefs kind of shoulder bag. The new one is a black Oakley SI Computer Bag that M says looks as though I'm off to invade a small country somewhere while humming Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".

The new satchel who I might nickname Roland holds everything the old one does, and while not quite as convenient access of the various contents I am willing to write at least part of that off to "new apartment syndrome". Unfortunately it's recently been discontinued for civilian sales, so if I like it I may have to track down a second one as a spare while I can still find them on the aftermarkets.

Note of further explanation: my normal satchel loadout on a given day is a) 1-2 laptops, b) 1 section of computer cables and adaptors, c) a toolkit (not a Leatherman, hand tools: pliers, crescent wrench, 12" prybar, a short claw hammer named "Stubby", multi-driver, small torch, etc.), d) medkit (former Emergency Medical Technician), e) at least 2 5"x8" pads, misc. pens, extra biz cards, cyanoacrylate, other small implements, f) at least 1 and sometimes 3 (normally hardcover) books.

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From:djinnthespazz
Date:May 22nd, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
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I love JB Weld. That stuff is AWESOME.
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From:meiow
Date:May 22nd, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Too funny! I'm just about to buy the Oakley Kitchen Sink bag for Tim for our anniversary, as a new diaper bag. We actually were debating about the one you chose, but thought the backpack might work better.

It's definitely a handsome bag!
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From:badger
Date:May 22nd, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I bought a Kitchen Sink about six months ago. It's a good design and well-made but doesn't have enough dividers for me *in the configurations I want*. Also I like a shoulder bag more than a backpack, but it was worth trying out.
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From:meiow
Date:May 22nd, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Tim is typically shoulder bag person, too - but now that the boys are walking, he's finding it a little hard to hold on to both of them with a shoulder bag dangling off of him.
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From:badger
Date:May 23rd, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I think :). Most of the items have been added over time and after not having something like it, then finding a small and lightweight version that's durable enough to survive inclusion.
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From:babbleon1
Date:May 25th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
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The medkit I see (though mine is limited to bandaids, antiseptics and specific pills), the crescent wrench, pads, cyanocrylate and books I get, but why the pry bar and claw hammer?

Also - doesn't your shoulder hurt? I went backpack bcs my 'purse' shoulder started to ache and it immediately improved.
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From:snidegrrl
Date:May 26th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
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I love bags!! But that would definitely break my back. But I love your desire to make sure you have the perfect bag, a quest I spend a lot of time on.
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