Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Stupid Invention #17538

The Back Pack on Wheels.

Apparently, whoever invented this has never had to navigate pedestrian rush-hour traffic. I have tripped over more than my fair share of these contraptions. In crowded rail stations and sidewalks, no one looks down - everyone is focused and rushing straight ahead to either catch a train before it departs, jump on a bus before the door closes, or to go into the pocket. If I see a space for me to jump into while walking, I don't think to look down to see if someone is dragging a backpack.

How heavy must a backpack be for someone to have to drag it rather than just sling it over a shoulder? Most of the ones I have seen look to be practically empty. If you need to carry your work to and from in a backpack, you apparently have very poor time-management skills. It seems to be mostly older women who use these things, probably spouting off that they have back problems or simply cant lift or carry a bag. However, I am sure these same women have no difficulty carrying shopping bags during a sale at Marshall Field or a 10-pound ball on bowling night.


  1. I too hate these bags. They are one of my biggest pet peeves about law school. However, for someone with a heart condition or a back / shoulder condition, I can understand. Law books are extremely heavy, and there's no reason one's health condition should preclude their ability to attend simply for the fact that they are unable to carry their books the traditional way.

  2. But how do you feel about non-backpack suitcase on wheels? Does the same disdain apply to those? Because I have one of the suitcase ones and let me tell you it was my savior for a year when I did the whole 3 days in NYC and 3 days in DC-thing.

  3. PS - I LOVE the pumpkin embedded in your title. Very nice touch!

  4. Americans pride themselves in being lazy.. I see them all the time (I work in a corporate environment.)

    It's why American's are so fat. They don't walk and now they don't even lift.. :)