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The Smell of the Old World

The Money Shot
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Well.... my bag finally arrived. It is easily the prettiest bag I have ever owned - maybe ever seen. The bedroom is brimming with leather and mink oil scent. It is exquisite.

Opening the box, that initial smell was nigh orgiastic.

And, of course, I have further pictures for you.


Firstly, I added a personal touch. My Clan Nosferatu pin. Aside: I've had this pin for 7 years. Neat.


The front clasps with three leather belts and buckles. They are resilient and firm right now, standing straight without help.



The shoulder strap connects with thick metal hooks. The springs are strong and the metal sturdy.


Detail of the handle. Inside is a strip of unstretchable nylon so the handle will always retain its shape. Clever.


The large O-ring confused me until I remembered the D-rings on the back, bottom corners of the bag. You can detach the shoulder strap, connect one side to a lower D-ring, run the strap through tis O-ring and connect the remaining end to convert the bag into a backpack.

Yes, that is just cool.


Now, I paid a hefty price for this bag; but seeing it and just smelling it and knowing that this will outlast me, I believe it was worth every cent.

The cats keep rubbing their faces on it.
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not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: January 4th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Dammit, now I want one.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
saddlebackleather.com

It also has leather pockets seen into one of the interior pockets. Two on the out side of the pockets plus a magazine slot in the back.

Next, I'm going to buy a suitcase. Much more expensive though.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! You know clothing. Do you know hat shops besides the Sacred Feather on State? Would you like to go hat shopping with me? I want to buy another fedora but can't seem to find one that works for me.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: January 4th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know any physical shops, but go to thefedoralounge.com. They've got some links. And going hat shopping would be fun! Gimme a chance to research and see if I can't find anything.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet. It's suppose to be nice this weekend so I was thinking it could be a fun weekend to-do.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: January 5th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, I'm in Racine this weekend.
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abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the benefit of artificial lighting. The shots he (Dave Munson) took were on location and ultimately cooler than mine. :)
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 4th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need a raincoat and a fedora to bring out the style of it, methinks.

Cat orgasms on the bag? DO NOT WANT.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
And an umbrella. The buckle straps wrap around the bottom to conveniently hold an umbrella.

I've been searching for the right hat but it's hard to match one to my head shape. I'm a between size and have a rectangular face. Generally I should wear a square hat but because I'm between sizes I either bulge the hats or the cave in slightly on my head.

i know way too much about hats.

Electra was playing with the buckle straps during the night. :D
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 4th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm having a bit of difficulty fathoming that. I can understand what you're getting at, but I can't see a fedora not work for you with the rectangular face.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
If the hat is too small, it bulges and it looks like I have a mushroom head. :)
I used to have an awesome red fedora. When I lost weight, though, it became too big. :(
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 4th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see; maybe you could get a smaller hat anyways since you're losing weight and you will "grow" into it. Then again, I didn't think head sizes would shrink to begin with once you lost enough weight.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't think so either. I used to have a round face. Not so much any more.

Me in High School - when I originally got the hat.
Me last week.

I have seen people with fat rolls on their heads, actually. They tend to gather at the back of the neck. But fatter people do have fleshier heads.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: January 4th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
At the very least I could definitely see your head fashioning one of those Depression-era straw hats or a tapioca white fedora that mobsters or swing dancers normally festoon. I find it difficult seeing you wear anything else.

By the by, I didn't think you were ever that large.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 4th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was 17 in that picture? So that picture is about 8 years ago. That was at my worst - about 250 pounds.
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