Coincidentally, my dragon boat paddle and paddle bag were delivered to me at work today, so I got to walk home in my kung fu shoes carrying this black paddle bag (with Chinese characters on the strap) across my back. And that’s not all. I also had my man bag and a Trader Joe’s grocery bag.
I did get a few curious looks, but I wasn’t surprised. If you saw what appeared to be a Mexican wearing pristine, white Jack Purcell knockoffs carrying not only a black Asian case that looked like it may potentially hold a sword, but a Trader Joe’s grocery bag and a man bag, I’d be pretty confused too.
In any case, I did feel pretty powerful with the paddle bag. Actually, I was just pretending-slash-WISHING it was a sword. I bet it would be awesome to carry a sword with you at all times, just like the samurai. I wonder if I can train and get licensed for that in The Americas. People can get licensed to carry guns, why not swords? (They let Tom Cruise use one!!!) My weapon would be in plain view—it’s not like I could conceal a samurai sword. Plus, I’d only use the sword to protect my fellow (East) villagers in the face of danger.