Originally Posted by backpack
maybe I can do more of this in 2012. Thanks for saying it, I needed to see it!
no worries about your post. I was joking back, sorry if it didn't come out that way :)
I understand that feeling inside when you are gripped with excitement and anticipation of the goodness coming from Ohio Ave. I feel honored to have been considered as an inspiration. There are so many others here who are inspiration to me. When I am trying to decide what bag, what color, what fabric or all of the above, much of my decision making process is lead by posts, pictures, video, etc. posted by forum members. It was similar comments and posts on Ravelry 4 years ago, very shortly after I had joined, about an awesome new knitting bag that introduced me to the Swift and TB. Don't get me wrong, this site has nice pictures and descriptions, but I am somebody who wants to experience things before I invest money in purchasing them. The colorful representations from others paved the way for me to vicariously experience these bags. I felt confident to purchase sight unseen. I haven't been disappointed either! I hope that by continuing in that tradition, I can share with others and possibly help them to see value in considering TB bags for their future needs.
What is it about men that makes them want to turn everything into a hat...?
AND THIS (go to the bottom of the post)
Daisy, the list of things that drives a man's neuroses (in general, not just about hat-shaped devices) is so long that we would have to create an entirely separate forum to cover that topic!
Having just traveled with not one but TWO travel trays to our recent trip to Orlando (Walt Disney World Half-Marathon walk/crawl), I can tell you that the travel tray folds "pretty flat". Actually for me, it wasn't so much flat, as "how much can you squish it?" The easiest way I've found to pack it when it's empty, is to just squish it down and then shove it down one side of one of the carry-on bags. It conforms to whatever space you have, basically.
Originally Posted by kcarroll55
We used one travel tray for standard travel tray stuff (wallet, hotel key card, change, etc.) and the other had a permanent home in the bathroom, where it held my make-up and toiletries.
I tried so hard to get my husband to "wear the fez" when I first got the travel trays, because they really are hat-sized. He adamantly refused. lol. Your guy is a better sport!
Originally Posted by daisy
We have a giant plastic Coca-Cola bottle piggy bank we bought many years ago at the Coke store in Atlanta. It takes a few years to fill the thing (it's a couple of feet tall), but we finally filled it to the top a second time. Last month, we decided it was time to take all that change to the local Safeway to get the change converted to bills using their Coinstar machine. We wound up with well over $1,000.
In the meantime, the Coke bottle is way too heavy to carry, so we transferred all the change into 4 travel trays (sorry, we already got started on one so it's not in the photo). Each bag weighed well over 20 pounds! The folks at Tom Bihn aren't kidding when they say these travel trays are sturdy!
So now you know, Tom Bihn Travel Trays are can officially be called Money Bags, as well!
Latest use for Travel Tray: Airplane picnic basket. :) I packed mine with plastic bags of crackers, cheese, fruit, etc., and pulled the drawstring shut. On the plane I took it out and folded the top back, so my food was sitting in it instead of on the tray table, and when I was done I could just close it up again with the leftovers and cracker crumbs and pop it back in my carry-on (Smart Alec with a Little Swift and yarn stuff sack inside, and the Western Flyer in the overhead bin). Thanks TB!
That's really smart. Would love to see a photo of this!
Originally Posted by AlexD
Ask and ye shall receive. :) First, in the conference room, the Smart Alec with its friends the Cache (empty), the Little Swift and organizer pouches, and of course the Iberian Travel Tray, closed. Not shown: the other Cache with my iPad, assorted organizer pouches and key straps, the knitting stuff sack, and the Western Flyer which was in the car.
Later, on the plane: the Travel Tray as picnic basket! Contents: roasted cashews, a banana, a dream bar, some chocolate, and some good tea. Next time I'd throw in a lightweight cloth napkin too, to make it extra-civilized.
(Contents vary from previous post, as this was on the flight going home and I had to pack it with what I could find on the way to the airport!)
That settles it. I need to get one in each colour.
My next TB order is going to be BIG!!!
I just got one in yellow and it's been taken over by my father. I need to get another for myself. :0
Originally Posted by notmensa
AlexD, I hope I sit next to you on my next flight. You pack the good snacks! Mmm... Chocolove.
I didn't know where to post this, but I got a TT for my trip in May and have found a really good interim use for it. Nothing very novel; just a pretty me-specific use that's a variation on what others have done before.
It's great for holding markers. A conventional pencil case really doesn't give me enough rummage room. With the TT, finding pens is super easy because it's so wide. Also, I had tried a stuff sack, but the markers would spill out when the sack was lying on its side. Here, they stay put and I get a full view of the colours.
Now that I have found a suitable container for them, I have the license to expand my marker collection willy-nilly 8-)
Also, I can put my 3DFOC with my coloured pens on top and just pull the drawstring to store both together. Keeps out most of the dust, too. I can imagine packing up my pens and markers in the TT together with my FJN and EDC stuff in a Swift, and heading out for the day :-D
Sounds like you need to shop for a new TT! Enabling!
adalangdon thanks for reviving this thread, fun to read and great pictures, including yours.