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11 February 2013 @ 02:10 am
Farewell, fellow traveler...  

It is sort of strange to admit it, but I am very sad to be throwing out a piece of luggage.

trusty travel bag

I bought this bag in 1997 when I was headed on my very first international adventure (to Japan for a week) and it was the very best I could afford at that time. I think I paid about $40 for it which, as a broke undergrad, seemed like a fortune to pay for a glorified backpack. But it worked very well for the trip - big enough to hold what I needed while still carry-on legal size (but expandable when needed!) and lots of ways to carry it. It saw me though all sorts of trips - weekends and holidays home from college, SCA events, and holidays in England, Russia, Japan, Scotland, Jamaica, India, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US. That bag has traveled with me over more miles than I can count and has been my most constant and reliable traveling companion for almost 16 years...

Those years finally caught up with it, though. The zip-on/zip off day pack had suffered a critical zipper failure years ago, and one of the expansion area zippers had gotten a little unstable and no longer could be fully opened, but I kept using it since it was such a good bag. Right before leaving for India, I noticed that there were a bunch of little holes in the nylon, as if little petroleum-eating moths had been at it, but it still seemed essentially sound, so I didn't replace it before the trip. Pretty much as soon as I got there, though, a zipper tab snapped right off. No problem! I had some wool yarn along and finger-knit a new pull. String skillz FTW! But then a week or so into the trip, the bag got snagged on a sharp outcropping on a bus seat and got sliced open. No problem! I stitched it up and taped over it, figuring I could do a better job when I got home. A strap came off toward the very end of the trip but, no problem! I had some spare webbing and just gave it a temporary fix. At this point, however, the bag apparently realized that I was never going to give it a graceful exit and suffered some massive critical failures with the lining coming out in giant chunks and jamming the zippers. Finally, I had to admit that the bag was done. D-O-N-E, done. Sadness.

I sliced off the webbing and clips that were still sound, so I will be able to recycle pieces of it, but I am really inordinately sad to be parting with this bag. It seems almost disrespectful to just throw it in the trash... I am half tempted to walk it out to the airport and leave it somewhere and believe that it went on one last adventure without me.

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jtdiii: Biojtdiii on February 11th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
You do realize a non-sewer would have given up and thrown it out a long time ago? :)

As I sit here thinking, yep done that, that too... used a paperclip for that... etc. :)

You have lovingly helped that bag to hold on years longer than otherwise. And now it will help to rebuild others and keep serving.
eithni: sewingeithni on February 12th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
*laughs* I know, but I AM a sewer and a stubborn one at that!
raventhourne on February 11th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
It is sad to say good bye to an old friend. I've had a few backpacks like that. I completely understand. Now you can research for a new one.
eithni: greeneithni on February 12th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
Oh, my no. I was not letting this poor fella retire until I actually found an acceptable alternative! He got to linger in the closet while I auditioned a replacement for a few trips before I was actually ready to let him go. Once I was satisfied with the job qualifications of "the new guy" he was allowed to finally take his rest.

Sweet Ol' Berwynbaron_berwyn on February 11th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
A sad end to a long relationship, but it's time to say "So long, ya old bag."
eithni: Yummy!eithni on February 12th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
*laughs* Trust Berwyn to find the joke in any story!
carrot_khan on February 11th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Burn it? Send it off to Luggage Valhalla?
eithni: yipes!eithni on February 12th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Ooof. It is 100% dinosaur. I am pretty sure I don't want to be anywhere near that fire!
arebekah: Elephant 2arebekah on February 12th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
I'm sad with you. I remember when we were roommate that whenever that bag came out, it always signaled time for an adventure of some kind.
eithni: Namasteeithni on February 12th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
I know. It just seems wrong to be planning my packing for my trip to New York around my new bag. It is fabulous and super organized and green! but just not the same... I'll move on, but it just feels off - like a new pair of shoes you're not sure will work out yet.
corvusjoyous: crowcorvusjoyous on February 12th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Put some piece of old bag on new bag? A buckle used as a zipper pull, or some such? Sew on a decorative patch of it? That way a piece of old bag is still traveling on with you.
eithni: greeneithni on February 13th, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
Great minds and all that... I'd actually come to that conclusion last night as well. I snipped off the logo and will be stitching it into the new bag. Complete sentimentality, but it will make me feel better about having a sense of continuity.