What’s in your bag? with Dave Allen

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From the May 24, 2012 edition

Describe your style: “Cost-effectively hip”

Bag: Elefunk by JanSport. The button on the front is from the Ohio Historical Society; his mom gave him a membership as a birthday present.

Columbus Metro Bike User’s Map: From the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission office. “As a cyclist, this map is great. The green roads are more biker friendly, and the red roads are places you should avoid.”

Frisbee: “I play ultimate Frisbee every Wednesday at Clinton-Como Park at 6:30 p.m. Anyone can play. Shameless plug.”

Scrabble dictionary: “I’m such a Words With Friends and Scrabble person.” The best word he’s learned from the Scrabble dictionary? “Zax. It’s a small wooden cutting tool. Perfect for when you’re stuck with a Z and an X.”

Glasses kit: “It’s got a cleaning swab and a screwdriver. For when I gotta fix the Buddy Hollys.”

Sunglasses: From Tigertree, made by TOMS, which will pay for an eye exam and glasses prescription in a third-world country for each pair sold. “I had a cheap pair of sunglasses from Walmart … and I told myself that if I could go one year without breaking them I’d buy big-boy glasses. These cost as much as Ray-Bans, but I like that it feels like I’m donating $60 to someone who needs it … The sides of the glasses are made out of wood so they don’t burn your face.”

Notebook: Sticker from local band Illicit Kitty

Water bottle: By Klean Kanteen from Clintonville Outfitters. “Klean Kanteen is a company that tries to have zero impact.”

Packs of Equal: “I’m a sweetener snob. I carry Equal around in case a restaurant doesn’t have it. I think it’s because my parents are such Sweet’N Low people. This is my form of rebellion. I listened to Sonic Youth and used Equal. Take that, establishment.”

Photo by Tessa Berg