03/16/2005 UPDATE: Here’s my murse on Flickr, with annotations.
Without shame I confess to being a purse carrier. A man-purse, mind you, but a purse nonetheless. For a long time, I kept trying to keep my load light, but I would invariably miss something when I didn’t have my briefcase. So I started stuffing pockets with the "essentials" but that got old quick, since I don’t really like stuff in my pockets. When I finally gave in to the murse, I took a little flak from my wife and friends, but they all seem to have settled down now. After all, when they need a pen, who do they ask? Me. Some scratch paper? Me. You get the idea.
My murse is a 12-year old Mountainsmith lumbar pack that’s been conscripted into a new life as a murse and retrofitted with a comfy Eagle Creek shoulder strap. Mountainsmith doesn’t make my pack any longer, but it’s kinda like these. The pack is pretty ratty looking, but the truth is, I’m way more comfortable with a ratty looking pack than some sleek leather thing. And besides, I still use it as a fanny pack from time to time. Mine has three pockets. A medium sized outer pocket, a big inner pocket and a tiny zippered pouch inside the big main pocket. The tiny pocket carries tea bags (Stash Moroccan Mint if you must know) and a couple of packages of Alka Seltzer. When I lived in Korea, I carried an Olympus Stylus (film) in there–fit perfectly. The other two pockets carry everything else. Here’s the list:
Medium sized outer pocket:
- Palm Tungsten|C
- Generic cell phone
- Harmonica (yeah, I’m still trying to learn to play)
- Parker Jotter (a little hard to find these days, but a great pen)
- Fisher Space Pen (if it’s not in the murse, it’s in my pocket)
- Cheap plastic card holder for credit/debit/insurance, etc cards (though I covet a nice Levenger travel wallet)
The large main pockets holds:
- Moleskine plain paper journal, with 3×5 cards in the accordian pocket (my hack)
- Pocket size bible (NIV)
- Various books and printouts of stuff to read
When I need to carry a laptop or more material, I use my briefcase–a sweet old Twin-O-Case (the patent office uses Quicktime?).