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Everyday Carry: What’s in your pockets?

Every morning when I get ready for the day, this is what I plan to bring with me.  If I’ve left something behind, I’m going to have to turn around and go get it. This week, instead of an in-depth-analysis on one thing I carry or use, I’m going to give you a quick review of the stuff I have with me for everyday carry, in approximate order of descending size.

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  1. Macbook Pro 13 inch, 2012 Retina model. It works, and should last until I feel like I need a new laptop. It is worth mentioning that the battery lasts all day, so I don’t bring my charger with me everywhere– although I keep an extra at work. (top right)
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. It used to be one of the Android powerhouses, and still performs admirably: But Samsung’s failure to push out software updates has me a bit unhappy about it. (bottom left)
  3. 3rd Generation Kindle, in Amazon brand booklet case with built in LED. I love reading on a Kindle, and use the booklet case to protect this e-reader– although if I’m reading for very long, I usually detach the case so I can enjoy how light the kindle is. Newer versions are lighter and thinner, but as long as this bad boy from 2010 keeps working, I don’t see a need to buy another. (bottom right)
  4. Moleskines in Saddleback Covers. Reviewed previously, I love the covers– but honestly am considering switching to Rhodia when I fill these up. One is a journal, the other is for handwriting practice. I need it. (Coffee brown top left, Charcoal bottom middle.)
  5. Retap Water Bottle. It’s glass, never leaks, and makes me feel fancy. (center)
  6. Keys. The keychain is a brass dog-leash style fastener that I picked up at Lowes four years ago. (top, mid-left)
  7. Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Eight months old, looks and works great. I keep the Body Glove case on it to keep it safer. It’s like a Galaxy S5, but smaller with better hardware-feel.  (top left of Macbook)
  8. Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet. Only had it a couple weeks, I’ll let you know more when I have a more formed impression of it. (bottom left of Macbook)
  9. Fitbit Charge. I need to exercise more, and this tells me that. Wish it kept charged longer. (top left of Macbook)
  10. Bolt-Action Bourbon Pen.  I put a Parker Gel refill in this thing, and it writes great. More on that in a later post. (left side of Macbook)
  11. Cross Fountain Pen. Previously reviewed, it has since been replaced by Cross due to a problem with the old one’s clasp. Still breaking this one in, but I love it.
  12. Skull Candy Headphones. They work, but I usually break or lose a pair twice a year.
  13. Square Reader. They’re free, and come in handy as a tutor.All that stuff has to go somewhere, so I pack it into my Saddleback Briefcase.

DSC_0208It fits nicely. I actually usually keep my phone, one of the pens, and a few other items (the ones on the Macbook above) in my pockets, but there’s plenty of room in the bag.
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It can be challenging to mix blacks, silvers, golds and browns together– but I think it works out.DSC_0211

I’m definitely going to have to give this Bourbon Pen (below) a full review in the future.DSC_0209And that’s what I take with me everyday! What’s your EDC?

-Mash

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