Monday December 2nd 2013 Tim
I have on occasion attempted to
diligently pack assorted suitcases a good two and half hours prior
to travel. I have tried to argue that were I to begin a
journey with a structure in place, then at least at some future time I
would be able to find things, like the toothbrush, hairbrush, the odious
shaving things, foot powder and matching socks. But I realize the
inspiration behind this diligence has more to do with the laws of
entropy, than it has to do with anything like foresight on my part,
because at the end of my trip the entire content of assorted suitcases,
is all just dumped together in a big plastic leaf bag, which can easily
be slung over the shoulder. And it's all very well considering structure
as the solution, and it's possible that there are people in this world,
who when they pack suitcases, are able to remember what went where,
without desperate rummaging about followed by the conviction that "I
must have forgotten to bring it."
A system, I guess it would be called, and there could be a
suitcase that has labeled, or color coded, or voice
activated compartments dictating suitcase function.
"Suitcase as fascist," I'll call it. However,
laws of entropy declare that the very nature of time, is a
passing from a high entropy to a low entropy state, a
condition which at my age one becomes increasingly aware of.
But which in physics is why in the distant future the
universe will be empty of stars to warm it and time will
have completely stopped. Oddly enough I don't find this
remotely depressing, because it gives me my reason to
altogether eschew the folly of suitcase packing, and start
out from the beginning with a low entropy structure slung
over the shoulder. Inevitably there will be those in the
hotel lobby, or elsewhere, who might disdain the
implications of big black plastic leaf bag as travelling
companion. "Everything's going to cool down,"
I'll quote the beatniks, and I'll reserve a special "BFD"
for those pompous ass suitcases that are trotted around on
wheels by the mobile phone addicted in shiny shoes.