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Banjo as Contents

Posted by Joanchek on Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I was cleaning out my purse today and found, way down in a corner, a blue latex glove I snatched from a dispenser in the ER back in January to make Laine laugh.  My purse, and I use the term loosely, is really an attache big enough for a laptop, with lots of compartments and pockets and zippered places where things can hide.  It's bright red, and probably too heavy.  But I like it and that's what I carry.

But things do get lost down in the depths.  I bet I had $5 in change rattling around down there, easily.  Countless pens, but why can I never find one when I need one? Petrified tic-tacs, 6! lipsticks, two mirrors to check my lipstick in.  Tissues, hand sanitizer, nail clippers.  Expired coupons, old receipts, junk mail.  A packet of banjo strings.  A bottle of benadryl.  Three pepsi bottle caps.  Business cards, appointment cards, an empty eyeglass case.  A tiny bottle of tabasco sauce from the convenience store down the road.  An ancient pen knife that is in desperate need of sharpening.  Movie ticket stubs.  My cell phone, uncharged and useless.  Dental floss. Earrings.

The odd thing about this cleaning-out was that in the process of purging, I found two zipper pockets in the bag that I didn't even know existed.  They're long and fairly  narrow, the perfect size for a phone or a pair of glasses, and they're accessible from the outside of the bag. 

So what's the segue, you wonder?  Explore every inch, every nook and cranny.  You'll find hidden places, untapped talents, that you never knew you had.  Life is full of surprises, and although most of them are the small, every-day, find-two-new-compartments-in-your-purse variety, they're a wonder nonetheless.  Today I might master that lick.  Tomorrow, I may manage to get the capo on the neck without swearing or breaking a nail.  Next week, I will find a quarter-inch of stretch in my right hand that I did not think would ever be attainable.  Who knows?  Take it as it comes, and use that spare change for an ice cream cone.  Double dip.



3 comments on “Banjo as Contents”

banjotef Says:
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 @3:19:22 PM

Joan:
    ANOTHER priceless,  and humor filled post!  What  great advice!   See ya in the funny papers!   Keep 'em coming!

BryanWB Says:
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 @7:15:25 PM

Hi Joan - Sorting out your purse/red bag eh? NOW I know what a research specialist does!!!!!!!!. Best wishes. Bryan.

PruchaLegend Says:
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 @3:02:48 AM

If I remember correctly you said you needed a set of strings for your banjo. So does this mean you have a set you can use? (Hope so!). Sometimes I feel like I have that much stuff in my pockets sans the change. My wife takes all that. And, I like your idea about the ice cream cone...but, I've backed off to a single scoop to keep my doctor happy.
Perhaps Bryan hit the nail on the head. We now know what a research specialist does! :-)

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