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KmK
05-07-2012, 07:39 PM
This isn't really a review-review. Not yet. That will come later... after I actually use the SE as I intended when purchasing it-- as the ultimate one-bag carry-on for a month-long trip to Indonesia to help catalog a library... CAN'T WAIT (for the trip or for using the bag that way!) I love that there is well organized room enough for a change or two of clothes to be with me as well as separate space for water, notebooks/pens/snacks/book/docs, etc... all in one compact (all considered) bag...and not have it jammed full, weighing its max. Suitcase and a personal item all in one...tuck a MCB into the checked bag...good to go.

Most of the other trips I might take in a year are only going to be 4-5 days and I can imagine using the SE as the only bag for those shorter trips... awesome.

BUT, beyond using it for travel... This thing holds it ALL when it is raining...which it has been doing one heck of a lot of here this last month. I throw in my work shoes, a MCB filled with the daily assortment of whatnot, laptop and cables, umbrella...and much more would fit besides. I could put all in the MCB in other compartments of the SE, but I like having something smaller to move with me throughout the day. :cool:

Badger
05-07-2012, 07:50 PM
Ooh. PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS OF INDONESIA. PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS OF INDONESIAN LIBRARIES. I'm not shouting--I'm, um, emoting. I like libraries a lot.

And I think it's awesome that you found a great all-in-one carry-on bag. I hope it is all you hoped it would be!

Darcy
05-09-2012, 06:03 PM
Ooh. PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS OF INDONESIA. PLEASE SHARE PHOTOS OF INDONESIAN LIBRARIES.

I second this request!

KmK
05-10-2012, 06:18 AM
Will do! It will be a little later this summer that I can post them, but promise to post them nonetheless! Heading out June 5.

Badger
05-10-2012, 07:29 AM
Awesome. Have fun! I can only imagine that Indonesian libraries are way sexier than Iowan libraries (Iowan libraries = not sexy). Too bad I know where I'm spending my summer, ha ha.

KmK
05-25-2012, 01:48 PM
Awesome. Have fun! I can only imagine that Indonesian libraries are way sexier than Iowan libraries (Iowan libraries = not sexy). Too bad I know where I'm spending my summer, ha ha.

I'm not sure I've ever thought about libraries being sexy! On any number of levels, I'd say that was up to the beholder... or the reader! ;) I have to say, though, I do enjoy Carnegie libraries--those built with Carnegie funds donated to promote reading in parts of the country that did not otherwise have easy access to books, whether for financial or rural-living reasons. I don't know exactly what I will encounter in Indonesia. Their last library was devastated by termites and they've received donations to fill the new metal shelving. It's predominantly a theology library. Pictures promised... leaving on the adventure soon...am Most Excited.

Badger
05-25-2012, 02:20 PM
Here is a Very Sexy Library (http://www.cbl.ie/).

moriond
05-25-2012, 04:47 PM
Here is a Very Sexy Library (http://www.cbl.ie/).
@Badger great linked library, but your comment brought to mind books, rather than just libraries as in the case of Searle's collection of cartoons in Slightly Foxed, but Still Desirable (http://www.booktryst.com/2012/01/celebrating-ronald-searles-wicked-world.html).

moriond

KmK
05-25-2012, 07:03 PM
Here is a Very Sexy Library (http://www.cbl.ie/).

Ahhhh...Ok! Agreed!! Cafe, art, library, reading room, manuscripts on papyrus....in Ireland... yes...agreed! This is definitely not your "shush-ers" library...!

Badger
05-25-2012, 07:43 PM
Ahhhh...Ok! Agreed!! Cafe, art, library, reading room, manuscripts on papyrus....in Ireland... yes...agreed! This is definitely not your "shush-ers" library...!

I haven't yet been to the British Library, but until then, the Chester Beatty is my favorite library in the world. The cafe is really nice, actually--I always liked to go when it was raining and have a cup of tea or something and watch the water glaze the windows. It was very--evocative.

KmK
05-25-2012, 08:03 PM
Ahhhh!! (Again...:) ) The British Library Reading room is a glorious bit of history... The Library of Congress in DC is also amazing. When I lived in NYC, the main research branch (with the lions, Patience and Fortitude) was a favorite wanderspot of mine. Visiting the Bodleian in Oxford is one of my dreams... Have you been? I totally understand the rain, tea, cafe in a library experience... SiGh. :)

daisy
05-26-2012, 03:55 AM
My favourite Library Pr0n (http://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/candida-hoefer-libraries/)

This book will fit in a superEgo bag ...

KmK
05-26-2012, 05:51 AM
My favourite Library Pr0n (http://thephotobook.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/candida-hoefer-libraries/)

This book will fit in a superEgo bag ...

Oh, delicious! I am going to look for that book... in the library! Thank you, Daisy!

nukediver
05-26-2012, 07:58 AM
Here is a Very Sexy Library (http://www.cbl.ie/).

How about a sexy bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0202) on a sexy lion (http://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/library-lions) outside of a sexy library (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Public_Library_Main_Branch)?

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Badger
05-26-2012, 08:05 AM
^ best photo ever.

nukediver
05-26-2012, 08:33 AM
^ best photo ever.

Thanks! The great thing about shooting bag pics in New York is that nobody cares what you're doing. I have a few more to upload, so stay tuned for those...

tCook
05-26-2012, 08:53 AM
This thread is great! My library-science-educated-lovely-girlfriend is going to get that book as a gift, daisy!

When stuck away from home due to a snowstorm (at home, so we couldn't drive back), we were in a small town in Oregon that had a Carnegie Library. The librarian was very nice and happy to tell us about what work had been done, and then undone, to restore it more to the original. What a great way to spend time in a new city - it's like geocaching for library geeks!

KmK
05-26-2012, 08:22 PM
How about a sexy bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/200/TB0202) on a sexy lion (http://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/library-lions) outside of a sexy library (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Public_Library_Main_Branch)?

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Be still my librarian, New York-loving, Tom Bihn Bag-toting heart! That is a great picture!

nukediver
05-27-2012, 04:27 AM
Be still my librarian, New York-loving, Tom Bihn Bag-toting heart! That is a great picture!

Thanks! I'll be sure and take more pics next trip in to the city.

moriond
05-29-2012, 02:05 PM
Be still my librarian, New York-loving, Tom Bihn Bag-toting heart! That is a great picture!
@KmK and others,
You do know, don't you, that one of the options when flying in to NYC is to take an airport bus to Grand Central terminal (http://www.nyairportservice.com/page.php?id=78) or the NYC Airporter (http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-public-transportation.html#bus)? This stops only two blocks from Bryant Park, and the lions shown in nukediver's picture. As you walk west towards 5th Avenue along 41st St., you can read the bronze plaques set into the sidewalk with quotes from books, as described in this article about Library Way (http://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/09/13/library-way). I'll often take this way into the city from JFK instead of using the AirTrain+subway, especially for traveling during rush hour while carrying a bag. It's a more pleasant trip into Manhattan, and you can see more of the city going in, while your bag is stored below. It's also air-conditioned, if you're traveling in summertime (http://forums.tombihn.com/questions-about-bags-accessories/3919-comfort-backpack-mode-tristar-wf-aeronaut-2.html#post27057). I carry my Tri-Star (or, it used to be my Aeronaut by default), and walk up a block to Madison Ave., reading the plaques. The uptown express buses run on Madison Ave., and the downtown express buses run on 5th Ave., with a stop just past the Library Lions.

The only thing to know beforehand, if you're not within walking distance of your destination, is that the buses either take coins (including dollar coins, but not pennies), or MetroCards (with magnetic strips) no bills. One of the Hudson news stands at the airport (sorry, can't remember which one) still sells MetroCards, I think.

moriond

KmK
05-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Moriond...

Oh yes.... I worked for NYPL for a number of years and lived in the City for a total of 7, almost 8, absolutely spectacular years. Patience and Fortitude (names of the lions) are friendly faces for me... when it was still possible, I'd often take my lunch to the library steps on the weekend and simply sit, eat, and write while watching and hearing the world go passing by. Fantastic! SIGH...so many great memories of learning what "home" can mean during those years and dear, incredible friends.

Also, If you come into Laguardia, the M60 is a local bus that picks up right outside the terminal doors and will get you into Manhattan--for 2.50. It's a squished ride, but cheap!

peregrina
06-04-2012, 12:33 PM
Can't wait to see the pictures!! have a great trip!


Will do! It will be a little later this summer that I can post them, but promise to post them nonetheless! Heading out June 5.

Maria
06-04-2012, 12:53 PM
I'll just reiterate what Peregrina just stated!

:)