The first thing I noticed were his legs. Yes, (1) they were quite large and muscular, but (2) the temperature was upper 30's - a bit chilly for shorts in my book. Maybe big muscles are warming.
After acknowledging the big bare legs on the crisp morning, the next thing I noted was his bag. It was attractive and resting comfortably-looking on his back, made specifically for bicycling. He continued south at the point where I turn east, but not before I'd acquired a good case of bag envy.
This happened one morning last week as I was riding my bicycle in to work. Mornings are busy with bicycle traffic as I live in between a high school and an elementary school. Packs of high schoolers pass in my opposite direction as I ride along with the elementals and, sometimes, a parent or two.
But Bag Guy was no high schooler, nor a parent of an elementary kid. He looked to be another commuter like myself - but younger, faster, with stronger legs and nicer bag.
Until then, I'd been content enough with the backpack I wear to work. It's about 3 years old and still in decent shape. It holds what I need and then some. I emptied it out for a round of what's-in-my-bag:
And I thought, "well, just for fun, let's see if I can find that guy's bag online", which of course I did.
I found it all over: the bag company website, Amazon, REI.com... All at the same price
The bag company detected me lurking around and offered me 10% off my purchase. But I can get it from amazon with free shipping, which about balances with the 10% off, BUT I can get it from REI, pick it up myself and avoid shipping altogether PLUS get my 10% dividend.
And then I thought, "Wait, do I need a new bag?". Well, no
"Does that bag have some nice features my current one doesn't?". Well, yes.
"But do I need it?". Well, no
...and so on.
My inner don't-settle-for-less struggles with my inner minimalist.
Then this morning, this popped up in my Instagram feed. This black cat in the bag I want/don't need.
I've always liked black cats.
"Is this cat telling me to get the damn bag already?". Well... ?