New Apartment View

Posted: December 9, 2016 in Ramblings

This is the view out our kitchen window.  Unfortunately it’s raining.  I’ll do a better one when it’s dry, but thought people might like to see the beautiful construction vehicles and bright traffic lights that shine in here.  Hah.

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Relocation vs Failure of the Brain

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Ramblings

That’s one of the really annoying things about moving.  When you discover something is missing, is it because it got lost in the move?  Or is it because you stowed it somewhere and can’t remember where?

I got a free TSA lock from Amazon Vine a few months ago and put it on my suitcase.  (In order to be clever, I only locked it through one ring of the zipper, and not both…a very smart move indeed, as you will see.)  Today I am prepping to pack for our winter vacation, and I can’t find the keys to that lock.  My visual memory from the old apartment is excellent:  I can picture them on my nightstand, along with the travel sewing kit, big combination lock for locking suitcases to fixed objects, spare cakes of Ivory soap, and the pack of passports.

Today, I’ve looked inside the pack of passports; I’ve found all those other things that were on the nightstand.  Have looked through my jewelry box (which was there), all our suitcases, all my toiletries cases, my nightstand drawer, all our backpacks, all other travel gear that wasn’t in that area, our junk drawer of tools and pencils and spare odds and ends, my knitting bags, my handbag, pockets of all coats, Chris’ nightstand, Alex’s dresser (which I was using at the time), baskets containing office supplies, bathroom drawers, and my desktop organizer.  Naturally I cannot find these keys.  Did they fall out of a box somewhere en route?  I can’t remember where I stashed them, and am running out of places to search!

But luckily, since I only put the lock through one side of the zipper, the suitcase could still be used.  It’s just a bit of a nuisance to have this now-nonfunctional lock dangling from the zipper pull.

A quick email to the manufacturer about spare keys resulted in an offer for a replacement lock (hah) but the distressing news that they do not keep/make spare keys.

In the end, I took one of Chris’ ginsu knives and sawed it off.  Whee.

I still need a wintry coat for Canada.  ScotteVest makes an insulated version of Alex’s coat, which is described as being the same coat but with the addition of a quilted, insulated lining, so I took Alex’s out of the closet and did an in-depth analysis of the pockets.

SeV says this coat has 26 pockets.  I could only find 13, unless you count the ‘SD card pocket’ (seriously, how is this useful at all?) which is mounted inside of another pocket.  So I don’t get where the other 13 (or 12) are.  Their site does not detail the locations of pockets.

That right there is enough of a ding that they’re off my list.

(This is a follow-up to my post below.)

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted: November 24, 2016 in Ramblings

To all our loving family and friends.  Hope you had a good one!  We finished moving in  yesterday, so we have a lot to be thankful for.  Now if we could only get our key fobs synchronized with the elevators…

ScotteVest (SEV) is a company that makes lightweight jackets full of pockets.  The premise is that you can ditch your handbag and carry everything in the jacket.  Or, if you’re a guy with a lot of stuff (hello Alex!) you can get one of their coats and use it for everything.

We thought this was a sensible thing, at least for Alex.  (My inner Harriet the Spy desperately wants one, but I will probably not get one, reasons below.)  We ordered him the Revolution when it was on a special sale.

The coat is beautifully-made and does indeed have a lot of pockets.  Immediately, he loaded it up with his sunglasses, wallet, portable phone charger/cable, and keys.  (Phone never leaves his side.)  He tested the foldaway hood and the removable sleeves.  When he tried it on, fully loaded, it was a little heavy but it is well-balanced so he didn’t feel it was a problem.  It all seemed very gadgety and interesting to us; he likes it a lot.  Chris considered getting one, but realized he needed a heavier-weight coat.  (Most of the SEV products are like windbreakers.)

Well, yeah, when Alex’s coat arrived, it was still Seattle summer, 90 degrees and no rain.  So it has been sitting on the couch waiting for the time to use it.  Meanwhile he had to keep delving into the pockets to retrieve the various things he needed.

I really did start thinking about one of these for me.  I thought about all the stuff I carry in a handbag, and how it would be fun to organize each thing into its own pocket.  I thought about how I don’t own a windbreaker.  Thought about how easy it would be to throw a coat on the conveyor belt during TSA checks.

Then the little voice of common sense started speaking to me.

One:  how is throwing a coat on the TSA conveyor belt any easier than throwing my handbag on the TSA conveyor belt?  Answer:  it’s not.  In fact it may be worse because I’d have to struggle out of the coat, whereas the handbag just slides off.

Two:  what do I do in summer?  I never travel with a coat in summer!  It’s just too hot!

Three:  what happens when the weather changes and I don’t need to wear a windbreaker?  This is similar to the “Alex in 90 degree weather” above.  The only solution there would be to take everything out of the pockets and put it in a handbag.

Four (a more fashion-conscious question):  what happens when I want to wear one of my cute coats?  Same solution as Three.

Therefore, the more I think about these coats, the more it seems they may be good for

  • men
  • who live in rainy areas
  • where it doesn’t get too hot or cold

But otherwise, it doesn’t seem all that useful, especially at the price.