Shortly after buying my HP Mini, I purchased a bag to carry it around in, as well as its charger, a mouse, a short USB cable, my spiral notebook, DSi and any other stuff I could cram into it. The case looks good (I think, anyway) and it does the job well. In addition to the traditional “suitcase” handle, it also has a permanently attached strap for carrying it over one’s shoulder.
Now I’m as secure in my masculinity as the next Manly Man (some would argue a little too secure, but that’s a discussion for another time) but for the life of me, I cannot bear to use that damn carry strap. Because of the Mini’s (and thus, the bag’s) smaller size, I feel as if I am carrying a purse. It is just a little too small. Every time I have slung it over my shoulder, I start to become very self-conscious…I might as well be wearing a dress.
The feeling lasts for about five minutes, and then I will stop whatever it is that I am doing, take it off my shoulder immediately stuff the strap back in, and carry it by the handle, my Manly Manhood restored by carrying my Manly Netbook in its Manly Man-Bag as I Manly Manhandle it by its Man-Handle.
*insert Tim Allen-esque grunting here*
My neurosis over the netbook strap might be explained by the fact that I have a penchant for picking out things that are described as “cute” by women. The first thing my aunt and female cousins said upon seeing my new 2005 Dodge Neon was “its cute!” The HP Mini itself often elicits the same response from women, much to my aggravation. Sadly, I have been unable to use that tendency to any sort of advantage, but maybe its A Good Thing. After all, if the trend continues, maybe the next cute thing that comes my way will be a woman!