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the crap we carry

March 14th, 2008 at 04:00 am

Saving log - $12 tip box
Spending log - $1.19 coffee + $7 lunch + $9 groceries

Put 12 in the tip box because I hadn't in awhile. One of the other things that shook out with the 403B decision is that I have almost 190 hrs of paid time off (PTO). Time to get out of my workaholic self and schedule a week.

Found 11 cents on the sidewalk by the gas station ... always good hunting grounds.

Day didn't turn out half bad, even though I forgot my bus pass and both the morning bus and the afternoon bus were more full than I've remembered ... even with the fare increase. $3.50/ gallon gas and pouring rain tends to fill up a bus fast.

When a bus is stuffed to the gills you really notice the crap everyone lugs around. Ever really use all the stuff you lug around? After I got my degree and was packing up for my postdoc, I pulled papers out of my bag - the one I lugged around daily for 5-6 years. There were scientific papers that I might have read once, but then lugged around in my bag for years. What a waste.

People carry stuff to put on appearances. Look how busy I am. Look how prepared I am. You're pushing paper, emails, computer files. A cellphone, a wallet, an iPod, a PDA/blackberry thingee, keys, your lunch maybe. Need a huge backpack or tote bag for that, whapping everyone in the aisle seats as you go? I know that with my little neoprene purse I look somehow less productive, less busy. I'll still have my shoulders.

4 Responses to “the crap we carry”

  1. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Shoulders are good things. Wink
    I carry very little most of the time, not even a purse. I generally carry a tiny little change purse that has a little opening on the side for my license and my Employee ID card. I also carry my cell phone in another pocket and keys if I drove. That's about it. I travel lightly and hey, I'll have shoulders, too! Wink

  2. Caoineag Says:

    As a bus rider, I have to say, I usually have a full backpack in the mornings. I bring in breakfast and lunch and sometimes that can be a lot of containers. Then there are the mornings I am headed to the gym and have a change of clothing in my bag. Never understood the people who have three bags (including a purse) when they could just get themselves a backpack and condense it...

  3. scfr Says:

    Oh ... That's so funny ... I guess I'll just go ahead and confess that I often feel proud of myself for carrying just a tiny purse, wristlet, or wallet only. [Work is different. I bring lunch & water too but that's just in a small bag.] I sometimes think "see how smart and streamlined I am?" but I guess others are looking down on me for not having enough stuff. Silly me!

  4. baselle Says:

    Caoineag - Someone's very full backpack nearly knocking my glasses off my face was what started this rant. Big Grin But yep, people who routinely juggle three medium to large bags I also grrr about and loudly. Mostly its people who don't realize that they are a completely different geometry when they are overweight, wearing a winter coat, and carrying a lot of stuff.

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