|What's remarkable is not the fact that over an inch of rain fell in Houston today, because that kind of rain represents a subtropical normalcy for us. What's remarkable is that the entire mess fell on us in the month of March WHILE IT WAS 37 DEGREES, AAAUUUGHH!!!!|
Screengrabbed from the Harris County Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM) interactive rainfall map.
|Standard issue computer bag, aka "rollaboard" because of its intended use as carry-on luggage. This is a hard-done-by Sampsonite (model similar to this one). It has seen the inside of more airplanes than my fellow Houstonian Howard Hughes, rest his tortured soul.|
|An IKEA Frakta shopping bag. Yes - you are correct - nobody actually buys these things willingly. We buy them over and over after we've forgotten again and again to bring our own shopping bags to the store.|
How are these two related? I gave you a hint at the beginning of this post. Think "inch of rain".
|Standing upright, it doesn't look all that impressive. But wait for it...|
Fifty-nine cents?? Are you kidding me?! There is nothing else I've ever found for sale at any price that does this particular job this well. I work as an industrial contractor, dragging very expensive electronic equipment around from manufacturing plant to manufacturing plant. It often means traversing a site, going from building to building, unit to unit, hauling my bag of tricks behind me. The rolling bag of tricks that absolutely cannot get wet under any circumstances.
Today during our 37 degree deluge?? No problems at all. The secret to this success lies in IKEA's dual action fabric handles:
|...you can use the long handles to lash it on securely.|
Now, the IKEA Hackers community has done some interesting things with Frakta...
|Someone made a raincoat for their dog, but did anyone think to make a raincoat for their rollaboard?? |
Screengrabbed from IKEA Hackers Frakta category.
No. Apparently I am the first to claim the honor of this use. And word of it must be spread because, while your dog will handily survive a good soaking, your top-of-the-line engineering computer will most certainly not.
|Added bonus: Just lift the computer bag into your vehicle with the Frakta still in place. The nature of the contents thus remains concealed, making it a much less likely target for window-smashing thieves. Which is very important if, like me, you want to run to Whole Foods after day-shift lets out at the manufacturing plant. Run to Whole Foods in downtown Houston because, tragically, there isn't one within 28 miles of your own suburban dream home.|
So word must be spread, and I'm hoping that Jules will see fit to re-broadcast some or all of this content in the interest of public service. In the meantime, fellow Houstonians, stay dry. And warm.
|One more shot to close this post, because it's such a convincingly beautiful thing. Rode hard, but NOT put away wet. Hah hah!!|