Feb 24 2011
It’s a funny thing, but buying new stuff often leads to your buying even more new stuff, immediately if not sooner. Cyclists know this all too well, as do paddlers. Buy a bike, and you’ll need pedals (most better bikes come without pedals), and you’ll want to swap out the saddle and maybe even the handlebars and tires. And then there are accessories, such as racks, bags, lights, locks, cyclocomputer, and more. For paddlers, buying a new boat brings in its wake the purchase of a new paddle — and maybe a spare, into the bargain. You might decide you need a new PFD, too. And then there’s a long list of must‑have accessories. This phenomenon isn’t limited to bikes and boats, of course. Electronic equipment is a notorious consumer catalyst. Buy a new computer, and you’ll probably end up with a least one new external drive, a new printer, and a bunch of new software, along with an extra flash drive or two, just to be on the safe side.
That being the case, I was under no illusions when I recently bought a Kindle 3G. I worried that it might be the first of many related purchases. And I had good reason to worry. Of course, the Kindle is eminently portable right out of the box. That’s why I bought it. But it’s not exactly robust. It needs body armor if I’m going to take it into harm’s way. A heavy‑duty ziplock bag protects the screen from greasy hands and scratches at home, but something more is needed when I stuff my Kindle into a pack, dry bag, or ammo can. So I considered the options, and quickly decided that what I wanted was a simple neoprene sleeve. I found a couple that fit the bill, too, but at USD20 or more — not counting tax and shipping — they seemed a bit pricey. The upshot? I put my credit card back in my wallet while I thought things over.
And I was still thinking things over when, a few days later, I was grubbing around in a closet, where I unearthed a couple of boxes of odds and ends left over from past DIY projects — stuff that I keep on hand on the off chance that I might discover a use for it. Then I noticed a roll of nylon‑backed neoprene in one box. That was my eureka moment. My search for body armor for the Kindle was at an end. My credit card could stay safe in my wallet. Instead, I’d make a custom Kindle sleeve…Read more…