Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My bag is packed and I'm ready to go...nowhere

Back in the days when I had a real job, there was no internet or e-mail, cell phones didn't exist,
and – most significantly – a carry-on suitcase with built-in wheels was but a pipe dream.

I lived out of a handsome, sturdy boat anchor, which I bought to hold up to the rigors of the DC-NYC shuttle. 
It sure looked smart as I carried it down the jetway, but to this day, 
I think my right arm is a little bit longer than my left from lugging it hither and yon.



Anyway, it retired back in '93 when I did and has not seen one overhead compartment since.



The post-traumatic stress of a corporate career has finally abated (it only took 19 years),
and I don't break out in a sweat and twitch at the sight of this suitcase,



so I brought it down from the attic to replace the ugly cardboard box 
that Snapper recently claimed as his favorite napping spot.

I had been saving it for "Antiques Roadshow."  
I can only hope that the value of its storied provenance will compensate for the cat hair.

19 comments:

  1. It's the perfect color for Snapper's new bed. What a pretty kitty!

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  2. IMO I think this is a purrfect snoozing box for your kitty! I currently work in a Government call center answering tax questions for the corporate world, I would think shoveling manure at the 7MSN as a big PROMOTION for me.....

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  3. One day, my husband will be able to retire his traveling bag. One day. :)

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  4. Snapper looks very handsome in his new sleeping "box".

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  5. That is a great decorating idea!

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  6. Dave Gibbons1/31/12, 7:24 AM

    The cat in the hat is now only second rate. Maybe because he never had such a good photographer. Anyway, the cat in the box-- change that to "luggage" is now tops in my book. Dave Gibbons

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  7. I have a shoe box that must be over ten years old. I tried to get rid of it and they found it by the fireplace. I gave up and put it back where it used to be with new tissue paper. I think they'll use it forever.

    Your little suitcase does look nice though.

    By the way, your cat is adorable.

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  8. Love that third photo ... don't mess with my bed....

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  9. What a great idea for a cat bed! There's actually room for two, if Snapper will share...

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  10. Way to accessorize, Snapper!

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  11. Oh, man what a great idea. I have several versions of the ugly cardboard box that could be replaced with a handsome traveling case. Brilliant!

    BTW - Snapper looks very, not just content, but very pleased with himself and his lot in life. Hmmm, I think smug is the word I'm looking for.

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  12. What is it about boxes/suitcases and cats? Our cat has a magnetic attraction to any box or suitcase left unattended. Someone should do a study. :)

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  13. Loved everything about this post. Even the point of finally recovering from the PTSD (yup, I can relate!)
    Snapper looks mahhhhvelous in his new sleeping spot - though maybe you could offer him a quick trip to his Auntie Danni's instead of another cat nap... He only has to let you close that lid and he could be on the next plane to Portland. :-)

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  14. Very fancy bed and as others have said, looks very decorative. And Snapper's expressions are adorable.

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  15. as a 6 yrs now refugee from living and working in NYC I can def understand why it took only 19 yrs to stop the anxiety of living and working in the northeast. I was a NYC Paramedic so my stress was multiplied 100x-
    CUTE photos.

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  16. No doubt Snapper still senses you had a life in there somewhere and is claiming that too.

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  17. I wonder if we ever get over work place trauma....

    I still have nightmares about trying to punch perfect rubber dams for some of the anal dentists I worked with.... and I was pretty darn good at it so never had to worry....sigh.... how I wish I could just dream of basking in the sun on a beach somewhere... without the stupid dentist in the background....

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