Thank you for the English lesson, Badger! I love it!
Originally Posted by Badger
The final line does break from the meter established by the opening line. But it isn't random - Tom did say he would change his name to Eddie Bauer...
Whoa. Mind blown. Well done, sir.
Originally Posted by maverick
I also meant to say that the Black Bag reference was, more or less, amazing.
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Just wanted to say that @Badger nailed it. I was being a Smart Alec about the meter of "Eddie Bauer". Loved @maverick's response by linking to the thread where Tom mentioned that if he got tired of the notoriety, he'd probably change his name to "Eddie Bauer". Well, I did comment, in that linked thread, that I though "Tom" sounded more euphonious than "Eddie".
For anyone else wondering about whether there are "Tom Bihn" sock puppets running around the forums, I refer you to the early Carry-On Traveller's bag thread from January 2005, which was the original bag request that ultimately produced the Aeronaut. Tom's responses and questions are interleaved with those of forum members. @eristick started the thread, and both @maverick and I are among the early posters.
There are a number of interesting features of this early thread. All the casual side discussions of features (like my wanting to use a comfortable strap, like the Absolute Strap) were implemented. The side discussions with regard to other bags, also got implemented (vis: the slight weakness in the earlier ID Bag strap slippage: they also made it possible to use a redesigned ID Bag with an Absolute Strap, and sold "Cheater D rings" (see the Parts section) so we could retrofit our older model ID Bags, SuperEgos, etc. to use the Absolute Strap. And my wistful comment about wanting the strap to be curved for a better fit to my shoulder was later adopted in the 2009 redesign of the Absolute Strap. (I wish I could link directly to the web site's own Blog post covering the event, but in any case, here's @maverick's video: )
Yes, Virginia, there is a Tom Bihn.
I have been buying products directly for the past 11 years, and I am led to believe that "Tom Bihn" is a bit like the Dread Pirate Roberts.
Badger, your analysis is keen and pithy (as usual), and illustrates that the superb contributions of English degrees remain largely unpaid.