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Tiffin with bungees

serenity_valley's recent bento diaries have been inspiring me to get back to taking my lunch to work.

I came up with a novel solution for transporting it.



Clyde Tiffin Bungees

Inside, I baked a little chicken pot pie right into the bottom section, then had some veggies in the middle and a little Elvis Cake in the top.

With two bungees, it was quite stable--so much so that it wasn't all that easy to get off! As I was waiting for the light at 9th and Weidler, a woman crossed the street in front of me with an identical tiffin. Tiffin solidarity! And when I got to work, a guy in the garage said, "Hey! Is that your lunch? That looks pretty cool."

Note: the chicken pie was only so-so, and the brussels sprouts needed soy sauce, which I forgot. Much, much better lunches are in my near future.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.

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llaras
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
What is Elvis cake?
emeraldsedai
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Elvis Presley's Favorite Pound Cake.

I've made it twice now, the second time resulting in damn near perfection. If pound cake is your cup of tea (I can't remember whether you eat dairy or wheat), this would be the recipe to go for.
llaras
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I can have both, though I'm staying away from carbs for a while. But I love pound cake, so I will save this for later. Thanks!
vampirefan
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
\o/

that is awesome!
emeraldsedai
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
It looks pretty cool. And this time of year, there's no worry about refrigeration on the way to work.

Come summer, I may want a tad more insulation.
wedjateye
Feb. 4th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Are the 'bungees' elasticated bungee cords that have a bit of a snap to them? If so, please recomsider your method. Nasty, nasty eye imjuries result all too frequently from those things. They make me shudder.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that never crossed my mind! Yes, they're soft, stretchy cord loops ending in big plastic balls. Since they're secured under the flanges of the tiffin, even if they came undone, they would fall to the ground with the tiffin. (Also, the whole thing is mounted at about knee level when I'm riding)

But I'll definitely remember your advice when I'm considering other cargo methods.
wedjateye
Feb. 5th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
It's not coming undone while you ride that is the problem, though when the elastic gets worn they can snap unexpectedly, it's when you are securing them or releasing them. If you fumble, those plastic balls can become a projectile heading for your eye at great speed. That sort of blunt trauma easily results in blindness. Hook ones are even worse, as they can also penetrate the eye, not uncommonly resulting in loss of the eye.

When you are attaching them or releasing them, it's unlikely your eyes are out of range.

Try googling 'bungee cord' and 'eye' if you want to see how common such injuries are.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Ack! I'll take your word for it and not do the googling.

I can see that there will be a traditional bike basket in my future!
wedjateye
Feb. 5th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Sorry to scare you. It's just that those things scare me. But your tiffin looks lovely on your bike. Is there a non-elasticated way of securing it? A different type of strap that doesn't have recoil?
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
There are always leather straps. *waggles eyebrows*
str8ontilmornin
Feb. 4th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
That's cool. Just warming it on the engine block.
emeraldsedai
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! To warm it I'd have to strap it to my back--and then make the uphill ride home.

Going in to work, it's pure refrigeration.
serenity_valley
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Very clever, I love it! And yaaaaay for bento, and for getting back into it! Bento buddies ftw. :)
emeraldsedai
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
\m/
pennywhistle
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Neat idea!! ^_^
emeraldsedai
Feb. 5th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm quite pleased with it.

wedjateye, who is an eyeball professional, has talked me into reconsidering dangerous, mind-of-their-own, eye-destroying bungee cords in favor of nice looking leather belts, however, to hold the thing on.

That would look really elegant!
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