And thank you for the validation--let's just say that around the Badger household, someone finds my love of OPs "a little interesting." I think I've been coerced into pathologizing a very healthy appreciation for organization, and brightly-colored gridded nylon.
"There is nothing wrong with me. Nothing." = my new mantra.
I agonized over this and finally ended up with Black/Cardinal/Steel - I love red too much to keep it hidden on the inside :-)*
I'm slowly convincing my SO that OPs are the way to go to help get a grip on one's stuff. After I got her a Synapse for her birthday a few months ago, she's become a total TB convert. She *borrowed* my Medium Cafe bag yesterday for our jaunt through the Met in NY, then didn't want to give it back - "I'd like to use it this week, if that's ok with you, since you already have so many other bags". Guilty, as charged.
And that slogan would look nice on a t-shirt, or a mug, no?
Last week I ordered a bag that was actually not even on my list of desired TB items....the Synapse. I'm usually more of a messenger style bag fan, but after breaking my foot on while on vacation earlier this month and being restricted to crutches for several weeks, the idea of a backpack style bag seemed to make sense. Hopefully, I can haul my stash of stuff I can't live without to work and back without the bag smacking a crutch every "step" or two or having to have someone else carry it for me. I heard the back orders of Synapses should be filled soon, so mine should ship soon and arrive this week if I'm lucky. Along with a couple of key straps and pouches to "fill out the box" and keep the Synapse from getting too lonely on its long journey to the east coast. I might be able to spend the holiday weekend packing/repacking to make friends with my new Synapse.
Saying a prayer that your foot heals quickly and your Synapse arrives quickly.
Just a quick update to let everyone now that Katy and the kind folks at TB changed my upgraded 3-day shipping to overnight shipping and our office manager just put the infamous TB box on my desk! Hip Hip Hurrah for Katy and the Tom Bihn Family!
Now, if my boss doesn't work too late tonight - he's my ride these days as I'm not allowed to drive (something about needing a fully functional right foot/ankle to drive here in the States) - I'll be able to admire, photograph, test pack, and play with my new Synapse tonight. Hopefully, the Synapse will suit me and I'll be able to give it a go for work tomorrow. I'm hoping I can even fit my lunch in it, with the rest of my daily carry, since my Land's End insulated lunch bucket is very square and just tough to carry with the crutches.
Dorayme - Thank you, I never turn away prayers and positive energy from nice folks like you. You had a fall this winter didn't you? I hope you are well and truly recovered by now.
ncb4 - I wouldn't have taken a "like" as you were glad I broke my foot, since I've read many of your posts on this forum and don't find you to be a nasty type! "Dastardly" is an apt and good descriptor for crutches! This is my third time on them - last time was 15 years ago for a 9 month period - so you'd think I'd be an old hand at it, but having to put absolutely no weight on a foot is tougher than it sounds. Or maybe it's being 15 years older and a little bit heavier and more out of shape?
Rocks - Glad to hear that switching to a backpack to use crutches worked for someone else. I'm on the crutches for a minimum of 5 weeks, then back to the doc to find out what's next. It'll be interesting to see if I become a permanent backpack convert like during this time period.
Now, back to work with me.