Carry On

There’s a line in Dan Seals’ “Everything that Glitters (Is not Gold)” where the narrator, a rodeo guy, is talking about his horse:

Old Red he’s getting older

And last Saturday he stumbled

But you know I just can’t bear to let him go

That always kind of breaks my heart. And, I’m not in the rodeo, but I am on a circuit of sorts: always boarding a plane for some other place. And, the time’s finally come to retire the carryon that’s kept my stuff safe for probably four years now—100,00 miles, I’d guess? Probably a lot more. There were a couple other bags in between—better wheels, longer handles, outside pockets—but they wore out fast. This little one always hung around. But, this last trip to Providence, it finally started stumbling. In the luggage world, that means I got stuck on two jetways, trying to get the bent handle to retract. Anyway, goodbye to this one also means goodbye to all my favorite stickers:

I’ve already got a new one shipping my way, but it’s all different from this one, and it’ll never have a Fango sticker on it, I don’t think. Or a Jonesy. Or any Stan Yan.

I just can’t bear to let it go, no. But I guess it is “stuff,” as George Carlin says. Still, there’s stuff and there’s stuff, I figure.

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  • saber86

    Since your at-home study/office is likely too tricked out, I guess removing the hinges to hang the carry-on flat on a wall would not be feasible. However, a nice framed photo of same would at least preserve the memory of all those stickers. Might make an interesting wallpaper for your computer too. At this point, I’ll climb out of the rabbit hole that is this topic. :-)

    • Stephen Graham Jones

      good idea. maybe I can figure something out, there. thanks.

      • saber86

        You’re quite welcome. :-)