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January 17, 2007

A new kit.

I have been, since I was a little kid, really into “kits”. Like spy kits, or science kits, or doctor kits. I’ve always liked them. When I was a kid I owned the coolest spy kit ever, it had guns that fired copper colored plastic bullets, and the guns could be hidden in things like a camera, and the briefcase the kit came packed in and the guns (there were 2 of them a big one and a small one) both have attachable silencers. I have looked for the kit on ebay regularly for the last 5 or 6 years, and have never found it. It was probably the coolest toy I ever owned. But I also owned a military mess kit, and a chemistry kit (with a lab coat which I saved my allowance for months to buy from the JC Penny catalog), a doctors kit, bug collecting kits. A lot of these kits were made by my parents out of stuff they’d find or make or whatever.

As time went on kits took on a more important role. As a boy scout I did a lot of backpack hiking and making my gear into an efficient kit was very important. As a teenager with a crappy car, it became important to have a “fix your car in the parking lot” kit. As a college student who lived off campus it became important to have a “all the stuff I need for the day” kit. Now that I work full time and commute a fairly long distance I’ve made a new kit, my “work pack” kit.

1. This is my bag. I think it is made by a company called ultra force. I bought it at an army surplus store, it is an all canvas bag. Lots of pockets inside. Best bag I have owned so far, and it was like 20 dollars.

2.I always have a book with me 9 times out of 10 it is a comic.

3.Digital camera. You never know when you need to take a picture, or want to. I carry this with me always. I don’t have a cell phone, if I did the need to carry this wouldn’t be as great since I’d more than likely have a camera on my phone.

4. Pens and pencils. In order. A 2 ended sharpie, fat on one side, fine on the other. A red ball point pen, I use this for script corrections at work. 5mm mechanical pencil, mechanical isn’t as practical as a regular sharpen style pencil since they break as stuff I’m willing to risk it though. Lastly I have Uni-ball Signo .28mm this is the best pen I’ve ever owned it was until recently the finest pen tip, there is now a Uni-ball Signo .18mm which I hope to get soon. These pens are usually imported from Japan and are kind of hard to find, but they are awesome and I suggest everyone get one. I use this to draw in my sketch book.

5. A small LED flashlight. You never know when you will need one.

6. My ipod. 30gb video.

7. Reporter style moleskine sketch book, which I use for sketching.

8.Mini moleskine sketchbook, which I mainly use to write down stuff I want to remember. Like movie titles or band names, stuff I want to look up later, things I have to do, and ideas that come to my mind.

9. Gameboy Advanced SP. I haven’t upgraded to a DS yet, that will come soon.

10. Headphones. These are cheap Koss ones that fold flat for easy carry around. They are more comfortable to me than the ear buds.

11. Ipod ear buds. Uncomfortable, but discrete.

I also usually have a lunch box, and some glove/ mitten hybrids, occasionally a video camera, and a scarf. But not always so they weren’t included.

Posted by kyle at January 17, 2007 11:12 PM


11. Ipod ear buds. Uncomfortable, but discrete.

Yeah. Nothing says discrete like those Apple white headphones. :)

I enjoyed this post. Good luck getting a DS (Lite, I assume). I can't find them anywhere.

Posted by: jdawe at January 18, 2007 12:00 AM

That kit has everything you'll ever need. Similar to what I'd carry, but much more efficient and more interesting.

Posted by: kevin at January 18, 2007 4:24 AM

I was into those kits growing up too. Especially the more sciencey ones, like bug collector, or crystal grower.

You are far more organized than I am. If I need to remember something, I draw a little picture on my hand.

Posted by: Cory Weaver at January 18, 2007 10:45 AM

Where is your bento lunch box?

Posted by: audrey at January 18, 2007 12:35 PM

This is amazing. If I had a lot of money I'd hire you as a kit consultant. I'd tell you what i would be doing each day in a week and you could pack my bag for me. There are loaded hipsters and dot com billionaires that might actually pay for something like that. Kind of like a professional shopper. Just a thought.

Posted by: kevinb at January 18, 2007 1:08 PM

this is shockingly similar to what i carry with me every day. camera, ipod, a book, two moleskines (one large and one small). although i also have a cell phone, cigarettes, and my wallet.

Posted by: emily at January 19, 2007 12:42 PM

you should see all the junk I carry. It's crazy, and you don't even have a laptop.

Also - I watched This Film Is Not Yet Rated last night, check it out, it is amazing.

Posted by: dan hogan at January 26, 2007 2:19 PM

I like to keep my bag as light as possible. I have a work laptop, but i never take it home with me or really take it anywhere, so i left it out.

Posted by: kyle at January 26, 2007 3:31 PM

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