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Good thing my head's attached [May. 24th, 2005|09:57 am]
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There is downside to my bike-riding practice, as I discovered this morning. Today was a non-bike day, so I grabbed my regular tote bag and headed out the door.

Leaving my purse in the sling bag I carried yesterday.

I didn't realize it until the bus driver was pulling up. I had no wallet, no money, no security pass, nothing. I waffled in indecision, but the driver, recognizing me and the fact that I have a student pass, waved me onto the bus, and the woman who boards the bus at my same stop loaned me five dollars for lunch.

The security desk was the next hurdle. After I explained that I had nothing with me, and since he recognized me, I was allowed to enter the building. But I was issued a visitor's sticker to wear upon my chest - the red badge of stupidity.

Ironically, I do have my cell phone. It was plugged into the charger this morning and I grabbed it as I rushed out the door. Generally I tuck it into its compartment in my purse, but I was in such a hurry I decided to just toss it in the bag and worry about putting it into the purse once I got on the bus. Ah, if only I were a teeny bit more OCD about these things, I wouldn't be sitting here with that naked feeling that having no purse engenders.

[User Picture]From: lothie
2005-05-24 02:11 pm (UTC)
Eeee! I can sympathize -- I always feel naked without my purse. Hmn, Freudian much? ;)

I do this kind of thing all the time myself. *pet*
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-05-24 02:19 pm (UTC)
Mornings are not for thinking. Mornings are for routine. Introducing a new variant on the routine means screw-ups will occur until the new routine is settled in.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2005-05-24 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have the same feeling about my cell phone. My purse I could take or leave, I only started carrying one a year ago. :P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'd rather not carry one at all, and if it weren't for the security badge I would probably stick my wallet in my pocket, but the badge, phone and wallet are just one too many things to keep track of in the morning.

Mine purse very small, so that it will fit inside other bags such as the tote I carry on the bus (book, umbrella, lunch), or my sling bag of clothes. It has a really long handle so I can put it over my head and free up my hands. But I prefer going without.
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[User Picture]From: fragiletender
2005-05-24 04:06 pm (UTC)
Argh, that sucks. I've done that sort of thing before with my purse or keys so now I always try to check before I leave the house but I have to say it was a lesson I had to learn a good few times before checking became a habit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
I had it down to a science, but then changed the routine. Always a risky time.
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[User Picture]From: richtermom
2005-05-24 05:03 pm (UTC)
My vulnerable time is the change of seasons; switching from a winter to spring coat or spring to no-coat or backwards, it's all just begging me to lose my keys or bus pass or cell.

And must have a special place for bus drivers who cut slack.
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2005-05-24 10:22 pm (UTC)
Crap! I hate the no purse feeling. At least people gave you a break though. That was nice. Sometimes if I change purses I forget my wallet or something in one which is annoying/inconvient. I haven't been doing that much lately though. Too much of a pain! :P
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[User Picture]From: moderate_excess
2005-05-26 05:32 pm (UTC)
That's exactly why I've never liked purses. I carry almost everything in my pockets, except for the cell phone which I clip onto the pocket edge. Then again, I don't have to dress in office drag and no-one cares if I wear the same jeans to work for a week. I use a purse when I'm all dressed up to go out, but I still resist carrying them. For some reason, having one increases the amount of stuff you *must* have with you. I suppose it's the "stuff expands to take up all available space" syndrome.

I never owned a cellphone until I started driving a cab a little over two years ago. Now, I feel completely naked without it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-05-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
I carry in my purse a very small wallet, my security badge, my cell phone, and a Chapstick. Nothing else will fit in, and that's how I like it. But I can't manage not to carry it, when I have to worry about books and other school stuff, or clothes for biking, or a tote with my lunch, a book, and my umbrella for the bus. I need that group of things clustered together or I will inevitably end up without one of them.
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