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Part Three: The Things We Carry With Us
By Leanda Quinquet
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This is my handbag, a purple Brooklyn Industries mini duffle, with seatbelt material handles. It’s a tough little item that’s built like Doctor Who’s time traveling machine, The Tardis, small on the outside massive within! It was bought for me in Williamsburg by a guy I was dating. I didn’t know I was dating him at the time; it’s all good though, no bad Feng Shui here, it’s a savage bag!

It wasn’t until I emptied my bag out that I realized how much stuff I carry about with me, loads of lady items, writing utensils and audio/visual recording devices. I clearly think it’s important to be moisturized and fresh, and I don’t want to miss anything that happens.

There is an outside zippered pocket on the front in which I keep a few things for easy access, and also pockets on either end.


Itouch – I need music with me always. I hosted and produced a music radio show for 13 years and now write about music. I get access to so much eclectic amazing  music of all genres, I’m one lucky chick.

Book – The First Time I Got Paid For it, A collection of essays written by writers of film and television, in which they discuss the first time they actually got paid for their writing. It’s honest and frankly written; my favorite entries are by Cameron Crowe, Pamela Gray, and Peter Casey. It’s a good read.

HD Flip – This camera is awesome, and for under $400 it provides exceptional HD video footage. The audio is also brilliant. I’ve used it to shoot video at concerts, the quality is unbelievable.

Fruit leather – If my sugar levels dip, I become a psycho. I am Hypoglycemic and have to eat something every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar levels up, if I don’t I’m a complete unfocused weirdo!

Leatherman Juice – Don’t leave home without it. It’s bright pink, has 18 features, and I use it everyday, everyone should have one, period.

Wallet – Cheap and cheerful.

3 sharpies

3 black ballpoints

Cupcake printed tissues

Woolly $2 pink gloves


One brand condom

EQ  natural peppermint spray hand sanitizer

Pictures of my niece and nephews


3 lip glosses

Burt’s Bees lip-balm

Hand Food crème from Soap & Glory UK

$1 goodwill sunshades

Long distance calling card – You never know when you’re going to have to call a long distance number, a family member overseas, a band you’re supposed to interview, a tour manager you can’t find at a venue. It’s always good to be prepared.

Note book  - For scribbling interview questions, poetry, prose, blog post ideas, random snippets of conversations heard on public transportation etc.

Stamps – International, Canadian and US postage

Make-up – blush and eye shadow compact.

Cyber shot – Sony Camera.

Camouflage mini zippered bag – I put all the little things inside.

Fabric Strawberry – turns into an enviro-bag

Mini agenda – Orange book, keeps me on track.

Glass blue beaded rosary –  from Grandma for good luck. She’s a Jew turned Catholic, wonders never cease.

See parts one and two of The Things We Carry With Us...

Leanda is a writer based in Toronto. For the past 13 years she has hosted & produced music radio shows, managed bands & worked in online music PR. She now runs a music site & also writes for music & culture magazine `Relevant BCN`. Read more of her writing here - http://www.bloggertronix.com

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