Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hauling it Around

Part of the long winter days has been cleaning my office. I need to take another load of recyclables home with me tonight so I have a recycling bin at the office clear for another wave of cleaning.

In February of 2007, I went to the annual convention of the International Society of Explosives Engineers which was held in Nashville, Tennessee that year. The company for whom I work is a consultant to the quarry industry so we have a grand booth and it's helpful to have the chance to experience this convention. You meet people from other offices. You connect with clients. You have the potential to make new clients. It was a lot of fun.

We got some goodies, too, for being a vendor to the industry. One of these goodies, I found as I was cleaning.

The lighting in the office doesn't do this justice. It's a gray canvas bag. There is a zippered front pocket. It's a very sturdy bag and wipes clean. I probably could also toss it in the wash if it gets too dirty. Inside this bag, were pamphlets and brochures and notes and comment cards and magazines and flyers collected from my trip to the convention. I meant to clean it out when I returned, but I stuffed it on a shelf and then put stuff in front of it and, the old adage, out of sight, out of mind came true. Everything inside went into the recycling bin.

I have other canvas bags to haul things around but a those are bags, better suited for groceries than hauling paper goods. I will bring to the office, magazines, letters, bills, other paper items on days when I don't have much work to do. I finish my work and then dive into paper sorting and this kind of bag is the perfect size for that. I have an old computer bag that I used to use but it's awkward and surprising heavy.

The only bad thing about this is that I lost the over the shoulder strap that went with it. No matter. I have another bag that I use for short trips and it has a shoulder strap I never use. "Repurposed", as it were, I stuffed all my correspondence materials into this and it's the perfect weight to haul to and from the office. Now, all my stickers, stamps and writing cards are in one place. Down time is good.

Beverage:  Yorkshire Gold tea


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