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Monday, November 7, 2016

The fine art of packing.

                      The fine art of packing.
The other day at the store there was a woman behind me unpacking her groceries.
She carefully placed a recyclable bag behind items.
Each repurposed bag was for exactly 6 items.??.she had a lot of items..
It seemed like a small amount of items to pack per bag.
She made the clerk well aware of the particulars of how she wanted things packed several times before I had even paid for my groceries.
The clerk nervously nodded with a.. I’m new here and said okay and continued bagging.
I smiled and laughed trying to figure out the why of it all.
Maybe this woman has a bad back and can only carry so much?
Or that she believes that the recycled bags get better wear and tear with small amounts.
Or she could be OCD?
Who knew?
I didn’t ask for the details.
It got me thinking about packing in general.
Packing for groceries or even suitcases for travel.
Are you a folder, a roller, or a bundler?
Does packing really say something about you personally?
Maybe you are organized in that matter.
Packing for travel has changed dramatically over the years.
When you pack, you’ll still be asked to zip things open.
Of course for security reasons.
Clear see through bags for your toothbrush and lotions that are 2 ounces or less needs to be visually made available and accessible.
If you have more then the required weight expectations per bag, you may be charged more.
Carry-on is the way to go.
If you can pack lighter... less is better.
Hoarders may have difficulty with this proposition.
You can’t bring everything including the kitchen sink.
When flights are overcrowded, attendants usually ask passengers if they can voluntarily check-in their bags.
This is to some like asking to hand over their favorite pet or last meal of food.
Having luggage right above you or next to you like a snuggly is what everyone seems to want.
On a flight to LA this year I watched a grown woman get belligerent with the attendants as she wouldn’t leave her bag
unattended when we were  approaching to land.
She crouched down in the aisle of the plane, sat on her small suitcase and became like a cartoon.
Snarling and turning into a recycled version of Steven Spielberg’s Cat’s Eye movie where I had thought John Lithgow had it bad in the movie at 20,000 feet in the air.
This however was no movie.
Somehow the crew managed to plod her up, place her in a seat with a seatbelt until landing quickly to earth.
Bags,groceries, and suitcases sure do carry such heavy loads psychologically.
With all the costly personality tests out there for organizations, one might re-think their value.
I have an idea.
All you need is to see how people pack and unpack their  bag...and if they can let go of their items of 6 or more.








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