Carrying armfuls of books is extremely annoying. This is probably the main reason for the invention of the book bag. What’s weird about this whole bag concept is that it has turned into something of a fashion contest. I don’t know if it’s just a Temple thing, but people need to wake up. IT’S A BOOK-BAG! A BAG THAT CARRIES BOOKS! Is there a reason for DKNY to make a book-bag? I’ll take an Eastpak with a faulty zipper any day.
Apparently comfort has gone out the door. Personally, I choose my book bags according to how they feel, but that doesn’t fly anymore. Here are some backpacks seen around campus that you should avoid.
The monstrous book bag – usually these packs are typical primary colors and have the owner’s initials sewn on the back. These initials send the message, “JCC owns this back-breaking device.” A more useful embroidery would read, “Watch out, wide turns.” Do you know how many times I’ve been whacked by these large mounds of school supplies? Well maybe not a lot, but they’re dangerous. Plus, they take up too much room in the elevator. People who wear these packs should have to back in to enter because there is just not enough room for them to turn once inside. And the backing up beeping noise should definitely be in effect too.
The “I don’t have any books, but want to look cool” book bag – here’s when the Prada and Tommy bags are in order. These bags hold about one paperback book and a golf pencil, but they’re fashionable. I know when someone with a brand name bag sits next to me in class, I get all excited. Their bag costs more than my tuition and matches their shoes. Now, that is something to get excited about. NOT! And yes, I just brought back NOT!
The roller bag – I would like to give the person who invented these things a piece of my mind. Are you going on vacation, or are you going to class? Roller bags are more annoying then cell phones. “Here comes Kathy again, late for class, with her roller bag.” You can here them coming from a 100 feet away. It sounds like the airport when there’s more than one roller bag in the area.
The one strap backpack – these bags also look like something that would carry luggage. The big exception is, the person who is walking with the bag either has a limp or is tilted to one side. It’s almost like watching a V8 commercial. The bag looks good, but the carrier does not. I’m sure this bag is the cause of back pain and leg cramping in its users.
So find comfortable back-wear and don’t worry about what other’s think. A bag is a bag, is a bag, is a bag. You get my point.
Julie Crist can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org