In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
The Bag Fix
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Billy has a favorite travel
bag that has seen more miles literally and figuratively than we can count. It is
special to him because the insides have a variety of pockets and zippers to
organize his "office." Having these cards, notes, cell phone and a pen handy
whenever he needs them is a comfort when we travel. There is no jumble and he
doesn't have to go and fumble around in a cavernous, dark bag to find what he is
My man likes an
organized bag; a place for everything
An important zipper in a
key location went on the fritz a couple of months ago and it soon became a major
irritant, as he uses his bag daily.
Try as he might, he
couldn't find anyone to repair it in
Panajachel, Guatemala. We even went travel bag shopping in
Vietnam to replace his favorite companion. Bags were either not his style or didn't
have the required pockets and compartments.
Definitely not Billy's
style. He wouldn't be carrying any of these bags!
We had a plan B - I would
give him my exact copy of a travel bag and then I would look for a new one
myself. Something fresher, more stylish perhaps, sporty but feminine and a
lighter weight version of rip-stop nylon. I didn't require the "office"
and never used mine. So long as I had a variety of compartments for my passport,
camera, credit cards, notebook and change purse I was set.
But Billy is sentimental. I
have repaired this particular bag numerous times and he has (OMG) the little
nubs of thread in several locations where I have reworked a hole. I have
encouraged him to replace the thing, but this bag was
like an old shoe; comfortable, familiar. And he didn't want to part with it.
Ladies, what can I say?
So we began the hunt for a
vendor who could repair the zipper in his ratty ol' bag.
We must have come across
three or four tailors and shoe repairmen. They all tinkered with the problem,
but none could solve the issue.
Then, on one of our
outings, we came across "The Man."
Threading a needle,
Billy's bag on the side
Confident he could repair
the problem, The Man began right away, threading his needle, getting his tools
ready to proceed.
Sewing side to side
He begins to sew side to
side so that the unruly part of the zipper is separated from the otherwise
The Man works his magic
This seems to take a little
bit of time, but The Man is undaunted. Others tried clamping the zipper tighter
or offering the suggestion that the zipper be replaced by someone else. Not
them, of course, because they did not have that sort of zipper. But this guy
just dove in head on.
Billy couldn't be
happier; a satisfied customer
20,000 dong (about $1USD)
was exchanged for his labor and both sides were happy with the deal. Billy's
weathered bag was returned to him in complete operating order and he couldn't be
happier. Papa's got a brand new bag! But I didn't get mine...
Notice that this man's
"shop" is right on the sidewalk. Traffic is zooming past in front of him.
For more stories and photos
of Vietnam, click here
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independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.