Numbers I’ve Never Seen Before

Day’s Verse:
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
mock life and life will mock you.

Proverbs 9:12

…at least not when I’m standing on a bathroom scale. Here’s me on the scale in regular clothes before the backpack:
112 lbs

Here’s what Ian described as “heavy reading,” my backpacking backpack crammed full of 85 Traffic Skills 101 student manuals to deliver to the Bicycle Alliance:
Heavy reading

And here’s me on the scale wearing the backpack:

Gosh, I’ve never been anywhere near 150 lbs before! Ian was right, this is heavy reading! A little quick math indicated I was carrying just under 40% of my weight in that backpack. I mentally patted myself on the back at my clever solution for how to get 40 lbs of books to BAW without driving downtown. A backpacking backpack, I reasoned, is designed to carry heavy loads. Granted, this wasn’t food, water, clothes, tents, sleeping bags, etc., but what does the bag care?

Then I realized that carrying 40 lbs on my back really wasn’t a big deal at all. Parents carry their children in backpacks all the time, and don’t think of it as some extraordinary feat. But since I don’t have kids, I’ll just count it a success having eventually gotten the Traffic Skills 101 manuals to the Bike Alliance on a snowy day sans car or even bike. ‘Course, I spent 3.5 hours traveling for 2 hours at the Bike Alliance, thanks to the snow and buses with chains on that could, as a result, travel up to only 30 mph.

My gosh, the first class is THIS MONDAY. …It’s gonna be OK. It is. It is.

3 thoughts on “Numbers I’ve Never Seen Before”

  1. Yikes – your hiking backpack must be a lot better than my average one! A couple times I biked to work with my laptop in my backpack, and it left red welts on my shoulders and my back aching. After that I made sure I left the computer at work overnight 🙂

  2. Yes, this is a real backpacking backpack, a Gregory Deva 60 (http://www.rei.com/product/809322). I spent over $200 on it when I was in high school, quite a sum for me at the time! It’s been one of the best investments I’ve made ever: I’ve used it more as a very portable suitcase — it’s gone with me everywhere from to London to Trout Lake — than for actual backpacking.

  3. Those are the most high quality feet-on-scale photos I think I have ever seen. Not sure how you fit a film crew in the bathroom…

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