Red Rover, Red Rover…Send Malden Right Over

Disclaimer: This is not a post about dogs.  Or children’s games for that matter.

It’s a post about day planners…in this case, Filofax in particular.

Go figure, right?

The dilemma of figuring out which of the oodles of brands, inserts, sizes, formats, colors, materials, yada, yada, yada work the best by using several incarnations of a planning system  at the same time to see which one you tend to gravitate toward is referred to as “Calling the Dog”.

Confused? Exhausted? Me too. I think this post describes it best.

In my last post, I asked which of the three Filofax Pocket sized contenders for use as a wallet you all thought I should go with.  Before I tell you who won and why, let me just say that there was some significant dog calling going on, and I must have switched in and out of both the black Chameleon and the Ochre Malden at least four thousand times over the past week.

Okay, so I may be exaggerating.

But it felt like four thousand.

Although it was too close to call for a few days, in the end it was the Ochre Malden that came away as winner (both in the poll with 40% of the votes and in real life usage) and here’s why:

1.  While I do like the smaller rings/slimmer profile of the Chameleon, at the end of the day it was the sheer abundance and variety of pockets that made the Malden a winner.

Having the zip pocket for coin right up front was far simpler (and for some reason, was faster/easier to access). My preferred pen of the moment is the Frixion Ball Knock retractable. Too fat for the pen loop & has a grippy (and therefore inconveniently sticky when it comes to pen loops of any size)  comfort coating where you hold it.  Slipping it into the back “note pad” pocket on the Malden works like a charm.

2. As for the plethora of card pockets in the Chameleon…I kept running across instances where I would have to take my ID out so it could be viewed.

(No, I was not pulled over. I was buying booze and my youthful appearance belies my cougar-y age. So there.)

In reality, using those little clear, plastic card holder sheets worked out better than regular card slots – and by the way they are a heck of a lot easier to pull cards out of too – as all I had to do was open up the Malden and turn it to face the liquor store clerk so he could verify my digits. No removal of ID necessary.

3. Although I do love the Chameleon’s looks, call me crazy (and I know many of you do) but it is seriously hard to beat both the feel of the Malden and that drool-worthy leather scent.  I know I’m not the only one who sleeps with their Malden on the bedside table (I may quite possibly be the only one who will admit to that publicly however).

Anyway, the Pocket Ochre Malden was the ultimate victor. I think you should all go buy one right now, as a matter of fact, as that color option seems to be disappearing fast.

Ironically, I ended up taking quite a few of the contents out as well for lack of use (thus making the larger rings of the Malden rather redundant…but who cares) so there was some interior dog calling happening as well.

The final setup goes a little something like this:

* Front zip pocket – coins

* Front slip pockets – coupons, receipts, a book of stamps, stray business cards and the like

* Three clear, plastic card holder sheets (the 1st of which holds my ID for quick and easy liquor store viewing)

* Personal information sheet (“if found, please leave cash & cards intact and return to…”)

* Vertical fold out year (this may end up coming out as well, as my schedule is also on my iPhone and to be honest I haven’t referred to this insert once yet)

* One tab (yup, just one) called “lists” with a bunch of lined paper behind it. Of all the reasons to use a Filo as a wallet, this has proved to be the most invaluable.  All my shopping lists in one place.  All of ’em.  No sticky notes jammed into my pants pockets, stuff I remember I need on the run scribbled on a napkin from lunch and abandoned to the bottom of my purse.  Almost makes me tear up thinking about it.

*The “note pad” pocket inside the back cover holds my Frixion fat/grippy pen (which neatly clips over the edge) and has become rather a catch-all sort of pocket. I have found I can quite easily stick stuff in there without even taking the thing out of my purse, or unsnapping it. I also have a sticky note pad in there just in case. I have yet to actually use it, but somehow it makes me feel better knowing it’s there.

Easy, peasy, bacon and cheesy.

(P.S. I just made that up.)

(P.P. S. I have also had 3/4 of a bottle of wine at this point, if you hadn’t already guessed)

*The Piece de Resistance is going to be a Pocket sized Filofax calculator for the abundant and as yet vacant ring space. I ordered one, it arrived and turned out to be damaged (the screen was cracked & had been reduced to a giant black blob) so the good folks at Filofax USA Customer Service are dispatching me a replacement.  Again…probably redundant since I have a calculator on my iPhone, but I suck overwhelmingly am not very good at math, so better safe than sorry, I always say.

UPDATE: The new (unbroken this time) calculator arrived today so I can finally get this posted! As a super neat-o treat, the kind folks at Filofax USA also stuck a pocket-sized magnifier in the envelope. Not sure whether this was intentional, but I’m sure it will come in handy for checking out the fine print!

Check out the photos of the new rig on Flickr and thanks bunches for your comments and votes : ) You guys are seriously the best!

…And I’m not just saying that because I’ve been drinking either ; )

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kanalt
    Jul 30, 2011 @ 19:49:36

    Okay – first, I can’t BELIEVE you managed to get “bacon” into your post! Excellent! (And by the way, the day I read that, my nephew mentioned bacon and I couldn’t get it out of my head. We were having pizza last night and I demanded a pizza with bacon. Sadly, my local pizza place doesn’t offer it.)

    Anyway, back to the post! I’m so glad you found something you can use as your wallet. Maybe you’ll stay with it, maybe not. But it works for you and that’s great! I have to say that your reasons for choosing the Malden are worth it. It’s great to have a supple leather for something being used as a wallet, and what works better for that than the Malden? Yay!

    Now I’m off to check out the Flickr set.

  2. Terri
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 04:12:02

    mmm bacon! I have a pocket Malden on its way to me. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, other than LOVE it … I was torn between the ochre and the black. I thought it would be too matchy-matchy to have gotten a crimson. I liked seeing how you set yours up. Interesting that the FirXion won’t fit in the pen loop (and by interesting, I mean it sucks). Boo.

  3. Sandra H
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 12:50:15

    A Filofax post that mentions bacon AND wine. Crazy! We really must meet up next year with Kanalt and whomever else wants to join the party,

    Like your pocket setup. One tab makes perfect sense in a wallet. I am toying with the idea of making my pocket black a primary planner for 2012 (not THAT’S crazy) as I have other Filos for lesson planning, home management, and other assorted purposes. Hmmn…great pictures, btw. Now I want a Fossil crossbody bag.

  4. thezeitgeistofzoe
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 15:51:22

    thank you all for your comments! i must make a point to mention bacon in more of my posts…it seems to go over rather well!

    @terri: the only kind of frixion pen that will not fit in the pen loop is the ball knock retractable, due to the “comfort grip” which makes it just a wee bit too thick and worst of all too sticky to slide through the loop. all my regular frixions fit the loop just fine, however i am currently in love with the retractable – don’t worry, i’m fickle & that will probably change soon enough!

    @sandra: oooh, good luck going all out pocket for 2012! do keep us posted on that!!

  5. Rori Lieurance (@RoriRants)
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 03:24:42

    So so pretty. And it looks so nice in (and out, actually) of your bag! Yay for Team Malden 😀

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