My first meet over in Europe was in Luzern, Switzerland. One of the enticing things about this meet that persuades a lot of great athletes to take part, is the chance to win a diamond. First place in every event receives a 1.2 carat diamond, and then the overall winner of the meet receives a huge, really expensive diamond. Not bad for a day’s work. I will admit, during parts of the competition while I was actually winning, I probably allowed myself to create a piece of jewelry for myself for just a split second in my mind. Or…maybe I’d make sure to come back next year, win again, and then have a pair to make earrings out of. Well, none of that mattered because I was not victorious. I ended up placing 3rd and got to take home a whole different kind of prize.
A heavy duty, top-notch laundry bag.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great laundry bag…it’s just a really far cry from a diamond. And, it’s also big. A diamond would have fit nicely in my already over-packed suitcase, but giving any sort of extra luggage to a group of people who are already strapped down to begin with probably isn’t the smartest idea.
Sometime around 4 in the morning, still wired from the meet and slightly delirious, we decided to see if the bag could perhaps have other uses. It looked big enough to fit an entire person so we decided to try it out. I have no idea if this will be as comical to outsiders as it was to the three of us in the room, but we laughed so hard my side is still hurting.
In the end I left the bag in the hotel room. Even though the uses for it seemed endless, I just couldn’t fit it in the suitcase easily. It was suggested I just use it as a purse and take it as my carry-on, and while I absolutely love me some oversized purses, this was a bit of a stretch. Not to mention it wasn’t designer.