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Purses just aren't a man thing

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010, at 11:37 AM

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Is this a purse? It is, according to a clerk at a book store.
I renewed my discount card at a chain bookseller Sunday.

So far, so good. Got the usual perks such as emailed discount coupons and a few other freebies.

"And here's your purse," the clerk said, handing over a cloth bag.

Wait a minute.

My ...what?

I have several years worth of, uh, what I'll now refer to as personal carrying devices given to me by this store.

But I'd never thought of them as purses. They were always book bags or tote bags in my mind.

So I thought...Should I walk out with the personal carrying device hanging from my arm or shoulder?

Hanging loose from my hand?

No way. That's just not a man thing.

Or should I give it back to the guy and say, "Thanks, but no thanks?"

I ended up folding the personal carrying device over as if I were carrying a laptop computer and slinking across the parking lot hoping little kids weren't yelling, "Look! There's a MAN with a PURSE!"

A tag with "tote" on it hangs from the personal carrying device. Okay, 'tote' agrees with me.

But a purse? I don't know if I'll ever again think of a 'tote bag' the same way.


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I can't figure out why in the world they would call it a purse to begin with. A tote bag is nothing like a purse. Maybe they were running short and figured that if they called it a "purse" when giving to a man, that he would decline (and you've foiled their cunning plan).

I know some guys who use "messenger bags" to carry their stuff around. I've even tried it for a while but I would leave it at work, or in the car, or whatever.

Now I generally just stuff a bunch of crap into all of my pockets. My wife is sometimes amazed at the amount, and type, of stuff that I can crap into my jeans pockets. Now that it's colder outside, I have all of the pockets on my coats and jackets as well. I could actually carry more in my coat pockets that she can in her purse. Although, when I hang my coat on a hook it bends it, but then I can pull my tool set out of my pocket to fix it.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 1:10 PM

Err...That should read "CRAM into my jeans"...sorry about that.

-- Posted by Thom on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 1:27 PM

Thom, I hope you don't crap in your pockets...lol

I don't think I could take one of those around not matter what they are called. I know society is sort-of turning that away now. Just watch what is on TV nowadays on primetime. I don't see how they last one season. If it weren't for WFN, Natural Geographic's or TV Land I wouldn't have my satellite dish.

-- Posted by Harleytodd on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 3:16 PM

National Geographic's that is...

-- Posted by Harleytodd on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 3:18 PM

it is a tote bag..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 5:34 PM

lol @ Thom.

-- Posted by freakyfriday on Mon, Nov 15, 2010, at 2:55 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.