Washing Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Out of My Camera Bag
So those that follow my feet, might have noticed my rant filled post about a kid pouring frozen strawberry lemonade into my camera bag at the A's game. It got on pretty much everything that was in my bag.
It wasn't that the spilling was particularly bad, but as the parents pretended to not notice as I moved my bag out of the puddle with some sincere, not-for-attention gasps as I realized it was in all compartments (I had my bag unzipped so I could pull out card reader and laptop easily), I felt even more upset by their lack of responsibility or teaching responsibility.
I feel bad for parents, kids can be terrors and you might spend the first few years of their lives apologizing for their misbehavior. I didn't need any overly emphatic apology but some empathy that my bag was now covered in one of the stickiest substances around or some sign that they were in the process of teaching their kid appropriate behavior would have been encouraging.
I'm not into public shaming because it doesn't seem like a sincere way to get people's behavior to change, so I didn't want to take a photo of the scene let alone the family as some suggestion, but as you see these photos are from the following day. That is not shiny from wetness but rather from stickiness.
Thankfully my venting post led to Simon Pollack from Think Tank Photo offering suggestion of putting it in a basin with warm water and mild detergent (I used Dr. Bronner's). I knew their custom service was great but I didn't know it was so good that I could get unsolicited support from a post ;) Though he lives in Australia, I'm not sure anyone in the US uses the term "basin", I just went ahead and put it in the sink. ;)
I was pretty impressed with the weather sealing of the bag considering as I filled the laptop holding compartment, nothing leaked out until the bag actually overflowed.
A swish, swish, swish, and then some sun bathing.
Before being joined by the inserts and my Modular PPR, soaked separately.
My bag is back to new, and probably better for it considering I had never washed it before and there were a fair number of fig bar crumbs and stadium turf rubber pellets floating around the bottom. Maybe that kid was just trying to give me a not so subtle hint to wash my bag and the parent's "Sorry I'm not sorry" attitude was appropriate! :P
Had the bag not have been recoverable, it would have been a great excuse to update to one of the newer generations of this bag. But it's held up so well, I can't really justify a new one. But if you are looking for a new camera bag... you know where to go.
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