Inspired by Warren Ellis, I went and got my own Maxpedition Mini EDC Pocket Organiser. Like Ellis, I am frequently stuffing my pockets five minutes before I go somewhere or (and this is far more accurate) lamenting that I don’t have a notebook or a pen or a knife or an mp3 player or the story I’m working on. So. An every day carry solution was required.
(Plus, my wife had just gotten a whole score of bags for her various professional and personal needs, all black and military-esque and cool-looking, and I was jealous. There was also that.)
The Mini EDC is the perfect size for a Moleskin notebook, as you see on the right. That’s an unlined soft-cover one, which fits quite snugly. On the left I’ve got a Leatherman Sidekick, a gadget so essential I’ve lost them two of them. That’s a Kingston SE9 32GB flashdrive on the clip, which contains all my works in-progress. Next to them is a mechanical pencil, a Uniball Elite Vision pen–both .05–and a Micro brush pen. Tucked behind them is an iPod touch and a pair of Phillips noise-isolation earbuds. The pocket behind the notebook is kept empty for any papers I might be given and Should Not Lose. There are spare business cards tucked in the front. The whole thing fits easily into a coat pocket.
I just accumulated everything earlier this week, so this set-up has yet to be tested–though it came in very handy yesterday when JR and I were locked out on the deck. We’ll see how it holds up over Fredrick Book Festival this weekend, which is exactly the kind of event this bad boy was built for. I’m interested to see how it mutates to better serve my needs, as I need it to.