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    Hej. My name is Anna and I live in Sweden near a small airport called Stockholm Arlanda. I work with giving pilots information before their flight. I came on the site to look at the tri-star for easy travel. I liked it but then I saw the Western Flyer. That was sold out so I really wanted a Western Flyer. We always want what we cant have... I couldnīt make my mind up so I ordered a Steel Dyneema Pilot instead. Waiting for it now... I dont mind checking luggage on longer trips but at the moment my trips for work are usually 2-3 days. I need a good bag for that. A Tri-star when its avaliable in steel/ultraviolet or a Western Flyer or maybee a back-pack. I have to think about it some more.
    LordBute (my username) is my favorite pelargonium.
    I have lurked on the forum for some time and found a lot of good advise and beautiful pictures.
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    Hi all, I'm Joshua. (jmoz are my initials). I'm an engineering professor, and travel a decent bit for work, and was tired of crappy bags. A colleague has a Super Ego, and I had seen numerous recommendations for TB on "Ask MetaFilter"* questions, so I thought I'd give it a shot. After some fairly obsessive research, I decided to go with my TriStar (Navy/Solar) and a reasonable collection of accessories. When the Pilot came out, it was the perfect work briefcase, and I recently added a LCB for my conference bag to go in the TS for true 1-bag travel. (It worked fantastically on its first trip to Ireland this past week!) I've recently converted my wife (via SCB, Swift, and Little Swift), and she now has a TriStar, too. (Sadly, she's self-conscious about her knitting friends making fun of her for being a walking TB ad.) I've come to truly appreciate these forums, how helpful and friendly everyone is, and the level of obsessiveness about good organization, good packing, and helping other people accomplish these things.


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    Hi! I'm Abby. I've been lurking here for a while but just got my first TB order last week (an S19 and an S25--meant to return one of them, but they both came home with me--and a LCB and MCB--same story). I'm from NY, live in Israel, and my mother reports that I was obsessed with bags as far back as kindergarten; I have a bunch of little kids and no car, so carrying a lot of stuff comfortably with maximum organization is pretty key for me. I do 3 international trips for work per year, usually to the US, these days with a nursing baby in tow, which means one-bagging it is out of the question; I need the wheeled bag (an LL Bean quickload duffel, size small) to transport her carseat. My last trip, which was last week, involved carryon rolling duffel + carseat attached via the handle and compression straps, and the S25 as my second carryon (two tickets=two carryons.) I try to avoid taking a stroller, since it's just asking for trouble. Oh, and I'm a speechwriter, working for an NGO mostly in the field of public health.

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    Hello, I am pegolas, and I reside in Pittsburgh, frequently named one of the top cities in the U.S., but also recently named one of the unhappiest, which just goes to show that we have a little something for everyone! I live in the Northside, just up from Heinz Field, so I get to hear the Steelers play-by-play bouncing off of the buildings across the street, if I decide to open my window and sit right beside it.

    I'm a property claims adjuster by trade, which is sometimes ok, but makes it difficult to keep my nails all nice and painted.

    My first Tom Bihn bag was either my SA or my LCB- I can't remember which. Both have been used almost daily, although recently I've been carrying my Aubegine Imago everywhere.

    I like sci-fi, superheroes, mystery novels, and beer, not necessarily in that order. I've recently decided to try and learn to paint. My still life was somewhat realistic- the pitcher and apple look somewhat pitcher and apple-ly, but my rendering of the Firefly class transport ship Serenity picture has made me rethink the idea that I'm a budding artist. Tangetally related: does anyone know the best way to get oil paints out of ballistic nylon?

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    I'm loving all these bios. I'm sitting here chuckling to myself and nodding in recognition. I'd totally buy this thread if it were compiled in a book.. and then I'd spend an hour shopping for the perfect Tom Bihn stuff sac (solar) to carry that book inside my Synapse 19.

    I'm Amy from Dallas, Texas. I'm a long-time self-employed graphic designer, and now I also run our family's music education business. I tend to bag shop when I'm stressed out or hit a creative wall, and that's how I first discovered Tom Bihn. I was attracted to the ethos of the company, the craftsmanship, and the thoughtful design that goes into every feature. It took me a couple of years to buy my first bag (a Side effect), and now that horse has bolted.

    I have managed to keep my purchases pretty minimal so far, although right now I really feel like I NEED some bags in solar, just in case. I don't go on enough trips to justify my obsession, although I do haul a lot of work electronics around every day. So I'd describe myself as "all packed up and nowhere to go."

    My poor husband just rolls his eyes when he catches me watching another bag review on Youtube. (Sometimes I forget to put my headphones on first.) But I love giving unsolicited bag advice to people, so I believe there is some value there.

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    Long-time California resident, just starting a new grad school program.
    I have always loved travel and its accouterments so it is no surprise I ended up here. My first order was Travel Trays because how cool of an idea is that? Followed by an A30 with TLSS and now, some shop bags and pouches are on order.
    Living with my spouse and two spoiled dogs, I am looking forward to the next generation of canine gear.

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    Hi, I'm Paul.

    I live in a big old house in Weston-super-Mare, England (right on the Bristol Channel, if I walk 200 yards down to the sea front I can see Wales on a clear day) with my partner of 25 years, 6 beautiful dogs and a whole passel of cats. I work from home, for a London based media company, doing back office IT systems support. The dogs are Teg, Talwyn, Tressa (all Golden Retriever ladies), Tiefer (a Scottie girl), Tequila (a rescued Lurcher girl with major socialisation issues) and Titch (a Rottweiler/Staffie cross boy, also a rescue). The cats are mostly rescues or rehomes, with the exception of our Havana, Kanga, and the five gorgeous half-oriental kittens he fathered with another of our rescue kitties before we, ahem, dealt with both of them. We also regularly feed a selection of local moggies. Oh, and we have a pond full of Ghost Koi and Buttercup Goldfish, plus a peripatetic seagull who regularly perches on our gate pillar and steals the cat crunchies. It's critter city, guys! (yes, we're completely bonkers...)

    My very first TB bag was a Citizen Canine, bought for my partner as a birthday gift. I got a Solar travel tray, a CQPC and a couple of Aeronaut packing cubes at the same time. The big boost to the collection happened a couple of years ago, when @ceepee decided to upgrade a number of bags to dyneema versions, and sold off her (now my) Aeronaut, Tri-Star, and a number of other bits and pieces on eBay. The results are visible in my signature. Since then I've snagged a Nordic/Steel S19, a Nordic/Solar Pilot, more travel trays, a Ristretto, a Side Effect... and I have my eye on an Aubergine/Wasabi A30 at some point in the not too distant future, probably replacing the underused Tri-Star. Oh - and there will definitely be multiple Q-Kits added to my next order, whenever that might happen!

    I rarely fly (my passport is about 4 years expired at the moment) but frequently do overnights or up to 3 or 4 day stretches away from home in London for work. My bag of choice is currently my A45 in Crimson, but for shorter trips it's a bit overkill hence the interest in an A30...

    When I'm not buying bags or looking at the TB forums, my other interests (outside walking dogs and suchlike) include collecting (mostly vintage) fountain pens, collecting Oakley sunglasses (again, mostly the older, discontinued designs from before the Luxottica takeover), drinking tea and reading. And when I can find the time, I practice Bikram (hot) yoga.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulT00 View Post
    Hi, I'm Paul.
    Your household sounds like a lot of fun! (I would've thought you'd want more Dyneema, to ward off the fur. ) I have to ask... what is a Lurcher, and what are moggies??
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    Quote Originally Posted by haraya View Post
    Your household sounds like a lot of fun! (I would've thought you'd want more Dyneema, to ward off the fur. ) I have to ask... what is a Lurcher, and what are moggies??
    A Lurcher is defined as a cross between a 'Sight Hound' (greyhound or whippet, typically) and something else. In Tequila's case, she's a cross between a whippet and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as far we can tell. Which means she has the enormously long legs and speed of a whippet, but a slightly heavier build and extraordinary stamina from her Staffie parent. She can, and has, run and run and run and run... for hours at a time if given the chance. Apparently, Lurchers came about hundreds of years ago, when it was illegal for peasants to own hounds - hounds being associated with hunting by noblemen. Someone had the bright idea that if a hound was crossed with something else then it would still have most of the abilities of a hunting hound, but would have enough plausible deniability to skirt the law!

    Moggie is a British colloquial term for a cat, typically applied to the type of cat more offically known as a Domestic Short Hair, i.e. a standard domestic cat.

    As far as fur is concerned, the Ballistic fabric sheds fur very well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulT00 View Post
    A Lurcher is defined as a cross between a 'Sight Hound' (greyhound or whippet, typically) and something else. In Tequila's case, she's a cross between a whippet and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as far we can tell.
    Ah, yes, beautiful dogs! (Just Googled for images.) Wasn't there mention of a lurcher in "Hound of the Baskervilles"? She must keep you all in great shape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by haraya View Post
    Ah, yes, beautiful dogs! (Just Googled for images.) Wasn't there mention of a lurcher in "Hound of the Baskervilles"? She must keep you all in great shape!
    They all keep us on our toes! Can't remember about the hound of the Baskervilles though...
    On one occasion, L (my partner) and I played 'Tequila Tennis' with her for about 15 minutes. One of us at one end of a field, the other opposite. Several tennis balls and a couple of the 'ball thrower' devices. I would throw a ball down the field toward L and Tequila would chase frantically; then L would throw a ball back in my direction and she would turn around and zoom back, then I throw another while L picks up the first, and then we repeat. Poor girl just absolutely zoomed back and forth across the field chasing the balls one after the other, then eventually had to give up and have a little drink and a lie down to catch her breath. That's just about the only time we've really tired her out like that. Then 5 minutes later she was off again!

    Unfortunately she has dog reactivity issues; her first 18 months were spent in a concrete pen, confined with 2 of her littermates, with no exercise or socialisation with other dogs or humans, then the next 18 months were spent in kennels in a rescue centre before she - magically! - clicked with our pack when nobody else would give her a chance. We have to be a bit careful when taking her for a long run - ideally she needs a large enclosed space with no strange dogs around, so logistics can be a bit of a limiting factor. However, like most sight hounds, she's essentially a couch potato without something to chase - she likes to potter in the garden and play with her packmates, but give her a comfortable bed, sofa or lap and she will happily cuddle up and snooze all day.
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    Hi all, this is Holly (real name Holly; I go by so many different names elsewhere that I thought I'd be real here). I've been an active TB Forum member for close to a year and was a lurker for several months before that.

    I have an addiction and that is not just TB but all things high quality, highly organized, and efficient that are meant or can be used for travel. I am forever searching for the perfect travel bags and accessories. While I do not believe a perfect bag exists for all trips as each trip is unique, I love the quest to find perfect designs for the way I travel!! TB has come the closest to the perfect bag and accessories that I have found (well, I concede that the Travel Tray may be perfect), as not only do they design products based on how things are actually used but they use fantastic colors (life is not meant to be lived in black and white!!) and truly respect and listen to their Bihnions, which makes their business as holistically genuine as possible. Hope that makes sense.

    A bit about me: If you've heard the term 'Global Nomad' (for kids who grow up all over the world), I am a self-described 'Domestic Nomad' in that, while born in the Southern U.S., I moved over 16 times as a child which stoked my wanderlust and love of travel of all kinds. I currently live in Washington, DC where I work at a nonprofit managing a U.S. government-funded international exchange program for U.S. and international teachers going to or coming from 11 countries around the world. Unfortunately as this program is U.S. government funded, I do not get to travel to all of these countries so I do so as much as I can in my own time and as much as my non-profit salary will allow My first career eons ago was as a high school French teacher, and through teaching I taught English as a Foreign Language abroad in the P.R. China and France. I also have my Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education and Training from the University of Minnesota (I still miss Minneapolis!) and incorporate intercultural skill building into my work and personal life as much as possible.

    My current favorite country in the world is Turkey (LOVE it) and I'm looking forward to going to Italy for the first time this September, hopefully with the A30 if I can go fully ultralight. I'd currently describe myself as a 'light packer' who continually strives for 'ultra-light'...this forum continually provides new tips that help me with that ultralight packing goal!

    My, I am rambling...so I'll stop here. It's great to learn about you all!

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    I'm Susan from Fort Worth, TX, I'm another newbie who has been lurking in the shadows for some time. I got my coyote/steel Night Flight Travel Duffel yesterday. That brings my TB collection to 7 pieces, mainly accessories. My bag obsession started before Tom Bihn, but it started to accelerate after my first TB purchase. I'm plotting now to replace all my current luggage with something from TB. It will be my life's quest. Well, maybe just another expensive hobby.

    I just love this forum. It's a nice break from the day-to-day to come here and read posts. I learn something new everyday. In addition to collecting bags and accessories, I also enjoy the tips and other products mentioned to help simplify travel and daily routines. I love all the packing photos and packing lists too. It made me realize that's the root of my obsession -- not owning the bags as much as packing them and using them. I can't get enough of those photos. I'll start contributing too, as soon as I actually go somewhere ...
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    I can just picture her tearing up and down the field! I knew a Jack Russell like that once, he would chase the Frisbee while his humans were playing ultimate, and would do so until his paws bled, if he wasn't corralled after a while. Persistent little guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulT00 View Post
    They all keep us on our toes! Can't remember about the hound of the Baskervilles though...
    On one occasion, L (my partner) and I played 'Tequila Tennis' with her for about 15 minutes.

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