Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the art of jammin

Mere hours in front of the winter storm that we have been warned is set to pummel the city, I am making my escape into an area being hit by a storm of a different nature. Instead of 20-25 cm of snow, I will be helping the OFKAR shovel the detritus of the past eight months out of her residence room and into either a storage locker or a suitcase.

I can foresee it requiring a great deal of tactical manoeuvering, which, if we are being honest here, actually rather warms the cockles of my warm-mongering Teutonic heart. I am sure my insistence on a strategic and orderly approach will drive the OKFAR absolutely bonkers though. We have polar opposite approaches to things such as storage and packing.

It will be a rather whirlwind trip, with time for only one quick meal with a couple of friends, but hopefully by Saturday, all that did not fit into the storage locker will find a space in one of those four suitcases instead. Hmmm, rolling or folding? I tend to favour the rolling method myself.

I will try to return with a camera full of images to accompany the stack of suitcases. Stay tuned for the feel-good photos of hilarity and fellowship that will no doubt accompany the resident room de-occupation. To keep you from missing me too much, I invite to read my latest No Depression post about blurring the boundaries between performer and audience.

What is the best way to pack a suitcase anyway?


BeckEye said...

I discovered that, at least with pants, if you roll them up like sleeping bags, you can jam a lot more stuff into your suitcase. and they don't get wrinkled. I think that's how military folks pack.

Allison said...

I opt for a combination of the roll and fold technique. Like BeckEye, I think pants are good to be rolled but I find sweaters, etc take up too much room with this approach.

Then again, last time I packed I was a bit rushed and threw everything in the bag and it still fit, so who knows. The key really is not over packing. I find on a daily basis, I don't really use that much stuff.

See you tomorrow!! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well if that's how the military does it, that's good enough for me, Beckeye. I love a man in uniform.

The old combination technique, Al, you might be onto something.
You should see how little I brought with me on this trip, in anticipation of having a tonne of stuff to bring back.

Charlie said...

Love the photo: I don't think that's an inordinate amount of crap for a whole eight months.

It's isn't the pants that take up room, ladies, and you know it. It's the shoes. Try rolling rolling those up.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The strange thing is I was to blame for a lot of the excess, . There was loads of stuff that I insisted she bring with her and was never used. Not next year!