Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Could it be that simple?

First off, why the hell does the 'New post' screen auto-focus to the textarea and not the Title field?

Secondly, do i need to start wearing my backpack again?

I found myself at a social event, offbeat but social, with a dead camera battery. Were i wearing my backpack that would not have happened.

I have a co-worker from Wisconsin. Lo mas de Wisconsin. I mean, that boy reps the state like he was paid to. Anyway, his folks (who are completely adorable) are in town and his father is thinking about starting a food-wagon to vend a native Wisconsin food-stuff: cheese curds. We were presented with a variety of delicious, batter-fried curds and a comment card. It was a focus group with beer and cheese (although i had bourbon, which i had (mostly unselfishly) given the hosts previously on the Fourth of July).

Cheese curds are baby cheeses before they become anything but cheese curds. Think 'cheese stem cells'. In Wisconsin these baby cheeses are battered and fried into a delicious treat. I wanted to document this transformation from proto-cheese to tasty snack but i only got one shot off before my damned battery died. Which brings me back to my backpack.

My backpack always carried pens, pencils, erasers, matches, spare batteries, needle and thread, anti-histamines, sketchbook(s), touch-up paint, various chargers, edged weapons, lint, small wildlife and a variety of handsome pins/badges. You know, the necessities. Had i my backpack i could have documented the quaint Wisconsin folkway of cheese curding.

Am i too grown up to carry a backup into a gathering, or does a true grown-up not give a shit?

8 comments:

CarolinaDivina said...

there are plenty of grown up murses out there that are worthy of consideration - if it is a newish, clean, sturdy backpack, that would be just fine - many options to consider
also, i've always held that a man should be allowed to carry a murse as I am quite familiar with the misplacement of small items that have to come in and out of pants/jacket pockets...a murse or backpack is ideal
miss your todd-ness

killy said...

never say murse again, carol. Never.

Todd: buy five batteries, charge them, and then leave them scattered about the various places you might be at some point in the future.

shane said...

Todd, I think it's OK to carry a backpack. I still do, and not a nice sturdy one either.

And I'm also very much against the word murse. Sorry, Carolina, but there's no way you're selling me one of those.

taggart said...

So Michael Chabon talks about "purses",in his new collection of autobiographical essays, "Manhood for Amateurs".

Since his kids call it a purse, and his use of a diaper bag nutured his exo-carry bag.

He says yes, makes more sense and is way more comfortable than cramming shit in your pockets.

taggart said...

Or you could just get a monkey and make it carry a backpack.

I say get a fucking monkey.

killy said...

If Michael Chabon tells me that murses are okay, i'm going to burn his book.

colin said...

Murse, carol that is a good one.
There are so many awesome backpacks out there.....indulge your consumerism.

There were and always will be a wonderfully useful part of any outfit.

Ryan said...

Do whatever the hell you want. Just as long as it's not a fashion statement.