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The phrase 'crumpled heap' comes to mind.
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A mostly straight wood or plastic rod roughly 2 inches in
diameter and 2 feet long. Slightly curved up at ends, a
few knobs along its length. The middle section is shaped
padded to rest comfortably on your shoulder.
Carrying one grocery bag? Hang it on the back and carry
as a bindlestiff
would. Two bags? Hang one on each end
and balance the shaft on your shoulder, one bag to the
front and one on the back. For three or four bags, youll
need another staff to rest on your other shoulder.
True story - I thought of this today as I was carrying two
grocery sacks and saw an appropriately sized fallen
in the park. It worked as is, and the curved ends, ridges,
and padded middle are refinements I thought of as I
This one seems practical and marketable. I couldnt find
anything like it online, but will not be surprised or upset
someone else finds it already baked.
[xandram, Aug 29 2021]
||I once tried to show some people how to tie up a cloth into a bag, to great mockery which I didn't understand. Apparently it's a bad thing to use a cloth for this if bags exist? Anyway I approve of this idea.
||Add in some other features, like a mosquito
zapper, front and rear lights (white and red of
course) and it's a winner.
||+ you must mean something different than the
standard carrying pole, which is WKTE, so Im
giving this bun, even though Im not exactly sure
what the difference is.
||[xandram] Yes, a carrying pole is much the same
idea. Though most I have seen are longer and hang
the load further from the body - and I cant find
any short ones marketed to the urban grocery
shopper. Shorter (hanging the bags very close
body) is better in this case, easier for getting
through doorways, boarding a bus, etc.
||great for social distancing. baked though.
||Take your old curtain rods and duct tape your wife's bra to the
shoulder area. Voila, and it's free.
||//Take your old curtain rods and duct tape your .../// and
invite me round to watch when you rip the duct tape off.
||You could upcycle your quarterstaff, probably get three or
four bags on each end.
||// upcycle your quarterstaff //
||Extra points if you can give ruffians and such scoundrels a damned
good thrashing without loosing any sacks or breaking the eggs.
||I'll just arrange that for a day when I haven't bought