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“As crazy and geeky as this part may seem—”

“This part?” I shrieked.

Dana brushed away the barb as he might a mosquito and carried on, “Because I like to keep it handy, I clip my Blackberry to this epaulet.” He pulled out a set of wires hidden in the collar. “That’s why it’s tech enabled,” he said, pointing to the itty-bitty mesh pocket into which earpieces for an iPod or phone reside.

“What the hell? Whoa, whoa, whoa,” I said, circling around to Dana’s back, where I’d caught a glimpse of a knife in a leather pouch fixed to his belt. “Hey, Inspector Gadget, why isn’t that in a pocket?”

Dana laughed and said, as though speaking to an addled child, “You can’t bring the Leatherman on a plane.” He shook his head in amusement.

“Yeah, good point,” I conceded.

I examined the contents of my purse as they were laid on the table: three shades of red lipstick, two tubes of sparkly lip gloss, one tampon (not needed for at least two weeks), a mirror, iPhone, wallet, mint-flavored toothpicks, antibacterial liquid, a handful of hair ties and clips, a notebook, pen, prescription sunglasses, Listerine strips, and business cards. Do I really need all of this stuff to be with me at all times? I wondered how much easier life might be if I had an assigned pocket for every item and didn’t have to dig through my purse to find things. Suddenly, as with one of those 3-D Magic Eye posters that baffles and irritates until that happy moment in which the previously camouflaged image of a sailboat or dragon coalesces, Dana’s geeky obsession made perfect sense.

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jim87vette July 11, 2008 @ 1:57 p.m.

Dana is the man!That vest is something I mean if the sh%t hit the fan he would have some good survival tools with him,then you would think how cool is this guy?I'm a gadget man myself but my wife controls the inventory lol.I even have a traveling pillow lol.I wanted to see you explain the contents of your purse btw.


jim87vette July 11, 2008 @ 2 p.m.

Well I meant, see and hear you explain even though you did in this story ha ha.That was interesting/funny to me and quite entertaining thanks.


Barbarella Fokos July 14, 2008 @ 9:59 a.m.

I couldn't agree more, Jim! Dana is the ultimate prepared guy, but the best thing about all his stuff, is that most of it is for other people, should they need it. Dana is one of the most thoughtful and considerate men I know. Regarding my purse, I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the items therein. ;) Thanks for commenting!


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