My Daily Courier Bag 2.0: Timbuk2 Custom Messenger

New Small BagFor the second time, I have bought a small Timbuk2 courier bag for daily use. My last custom built Timbuk2 survived 3 years of daily use in many conditions, and I expect the new one to last even longer. Hand-built in San Francisco to order, they do not seem to suffer from any build quality issues. My last one only had to be retired because the primary fabric I chose for it was more fancy that durable, but at 3 years I think it did pretty well. I have several other Timbuk2 bags for riding and for my laptop, but I generally prefer a small one for daily use. Carrying my street camera, iPad, a light jacket, snacks and sunglasses, I generally feel ready for pretty much any daily situation.

Why a courier bag? Some of us are too hot to always wear jackets, too moderate or fashionable to always wear large pocket combat-style cargos, and not willing to carry everything in hand all the time. Actually, the main reason I switched to courier bags is that they are easy to commute with, whether on a train, a bus, on foot or on a bicycle. They are pretty useful.

Well, here’s hoping that the new bag holds on for at least as long as the old one!

Quiet Sunday

Here I am at Starbucks reading a book and relaxing again. When you don’t have any real plans, it is raining out and you don’t have any friends, why not settle into a comfy chair, put your feet up in front of a fire and enjoy reading a book. I know that chances for these free moments in life are to be valued, and I do try to enjoy them. Surrounded by like-minded, anonymous face-less strangers it is oddly comfortable. It is not the same as having people I care about close, but there is a certain simple happiness in sharing anonymity with others. I guess that we really are social creatures. It is hard to imagine another social ape sitting around surrounded by other unrelated apes and feeling at peace.

Around me, people smiling, laughing, reading, drinking, sleeping, eating, thinking and crying. It is interesting to see so many different lives inter-lapping in a small cafe. People who think that cities are cold, soul-less places should just take a look around and see the amazing orchestrated complexity that is urban life.