A recent trend I’ve noticed in our fair city has me a bit puzzled: the great swarm of carry-on luggage being used for everyday toting. At first I would see one or two on PSU campus, now about a third of the students I see has one of these things rattling around behind them. But it’s not just for students anymore because now they are popping up downtown, with people from all walks of life using them to haul their stuff. To each his own of course, I just don’t get it. What happened to backpacks, messenger bags, and the good ol’ Timbuk2? Did everyone’s stuff just get a lot heavier? Is gravity getting stronger? Are we getting lazier? If this is the latest trend then count me out: I got suckered once by a little something called the “fanny pack.”

11 Comments so far

  1. Brewcaster (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 7:48 am

    While I am not going to get rid of my messenger bag for my commute, I can understand how these might be a little better for your arms and back. And be careful where you admit to ever owning or wearing a fanny pack. -10 cool points. BAM!

  2. dieselboi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    I see it too, but let me paint a different picture. The student who is studying science. Have you seen those books? They are huge! And unlike where I went to school with a small campus, PSU is a commuter school, so students don’t have the ability to head back to the room between class and swap out books. Just a thought.

    One thing that did come to mind when reading that though was – whatever happened to the paperless society?

  3. IRK (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    I totally agree with Dieselboi. There was all that excitement for so long about the paperless society. Now, I see people printing out WEB PAGES at work!!! WHAT THE HECK?!

    As for fanny packs… yikes. I think there needs to be a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on that. I’m worried about Mike now…

  4. Mike (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    To clarify, the fanny pack incident was years and years and years ago, and only happened because back then I was a slave to what was trendy. Not that they were ever really trendy, or me for that matter, but you know what I mean. So I haven’t been near a fanny pack in well over ten years, so there is no need to be concerned. Can I get my cool points restored, please? :)

  5. oregoncoastgirl (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    I have a backpack that has the pull-along bars built in to it… maybe it’s not all carry-on luggage you’re seeing.

  6. dieselboi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    There is a woman on MAX that I call the printer lady. I think she prints out everything she wants to read from the ‘puter and carries it along with her. It is quite amazing the volume of individual sheets of paper she has in her arms.

    Then again, I print out my flight itineraries even though I have them on the phone in email.

  7. Banana Lee Fishbones (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:22 pm


    I have personally vouched for you and filed the appropriate paperwork. Your cool points should be restored in 6-8 weeks.

  8. Kathy (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    I have a wheeled bag because I cannot POSSIBLY carry the friggin’ books on my back that I have to for my classes at PSU without causing serious spinal damage.

    It’s not laziness; it helps me negate panic attacks, which backpacks tend to trigger by throwing me off balance.

  9. Ed (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    We have to use luggage because the goddamn books keep getting heavier and there’s nothing us poor students can do about it.

  10. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    I think the printing thing is generational. Most folks I’ve worked with under the age of 35 rarely prints anything. Most folks I’ve worked with over the age of 45 print almost everything. Yes, I’m generalizing based on my observations.

  11. divebarwife (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    Aaron – what about those of us between 35 and 45? :D

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