Isn't it nice when you find something you really want and ALSO NEED so you can justify buying it?
I just got myself a SwitchStick:(Mine is a different colour and style, but still the same sort of thing.)
There are three reasons I wanted this.
1) It's adjustable.
This is wonderful
. I have been using a walking stick that's two inches longer than it should be - which ends up really hurting my wrist after a while. Now I have one that's the right height!
2) It's foldable.
A definite plus. You see, the problem with needing a walking stick occasionally
and catching the train daily
is that there are all these people who know that I don't normally need a stick - and might decide that I'm only carrying one so I can nab a disabled seat on the train when it's crowded.
If I'm seen carrying a stick when I don't need it, they're even more likely to decide this, even on those occasions when I really do need it and also desperately need a disabled seat.
Funnily enough, I will often need a stick for my morning, and not need it by the afternoon. But I still have to carry it home.
...which leads to the ludicrous situation in which I walk around the train station pretending I need the stick more than I do, so that people won't think I'm just pretending
. Because I might not need it now - but I will need it later, and it's imperative that the passengers give me that disabled seat on the day that I really need it.(Please note: no, I am not getting given the disabled seat when I'm just pretending. I'm not that selfishly dishonest.)
The good thing about this foldable stick is that I can just unpack it when I actually need it, and hide it on the journey home when I don't.
3) It's pretty and sparkly!