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[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: July 11th, 2005 - 07:32 pm (Link)
I nearly always have a bag. These can be divided into four distinct categories:
* Backpack. Used to carry crap to school (where school=work) and back. This started when I didn't have my own classroom and didn't want to have to wait for the elevator (some traveling teachers use wheeled carts). People sometimes say, "Oh, I thought you were a student for a moment" which I don't understand because I'm at least a foot taller than most of the students. And white.
* Tote bag. All teachers are issued a minimum of three tote bags at the beginning of their teaching career. I use these to haul art supplies, student work or groceries.
* Purse. Yes, I have them. Some look like baby backpacks. Others have monkeys attached. A few are even Purses That Look like Purses.
* Edwin.

For me, masculinity or femininity is determined by the size and constrution of the bag. Again, living in NYC is a factor here. People leave their houses for the day and need to have their crap with them, where crap includes but is not limited to a book to read on the subway, water bottle, snack, cosmetics, iPod, and/or PSP.

For all bags, I use all available straps at all times. I live in NYC, so I generally wear my purse across my body as opposed to over one shoulder. I nearly always have a bag of some sort with me unless I'm just going to move my car or get a cup of coffee. And even then, with only a wallet and keys, I still find it easier to take a bag of some sort. It's generally the same bag so it's not really an accessory unless there's a Dress-Up Function That Warrants A Matching Bag. I suppose Edwin is an Accessory in the sense that when he holds my stuff, I am Making a Statement and Wanting To Be Noticed.

I never intentionally owned a "bum bag" but I think I may have received one as a give-away item. I'm certain I never used it.

It seems you've left out what I call <a href="http://www.nikestar.co.kr/admin/product/bag6.jpg>the shoestring bag</a>, which is a nonfunctional canvas thing that students claim is a bookbag but, due to the thinness of the straps, can really only hold a sandwich before it begins to cut off circulation. I'm certain these things are in some way related to fashion, but they're so ugly that I can't figure it out.
[User Picture]From: marmal8 Date: July 11th, 2005 - 07:35 pm (Link)
My verbosity seems to have been curtailed. It was a rant about those useless shoestring bags the kids carry. Never mind.

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