With extra time on my hands, I’ve been going through boxes of crap trying to figure out what I can unload into the giant green filing cabinet that gets set out onto the street once a week.

I came across this, which surprised me cuz I didn’t know I still had it in a box somewhere – my old Trapper Keeper:

Back in the day, you weren’t anybody if you didn’t have a Trapper Keeper.  Mine, as you can see, was emblazoned with a sports car.  Combine a Trapper Keeper (with a decent cover design) with a Pee Chee All Season Portfolio, and you were da bomb.

Of course, the Dungeons & Dragons books, dice, and nerdy t-shirts sort of undercut the power of the Keeper…


(P.S. OMG A REPORT CARD WAS INSIDE! How depressing…)


  • Paul (@princejvstin) Posted July 27, 2012 9:02 am

    I was nobody, but even I briefly had a Trapper Keeper…

  • J.T. Evans Posted July 27, 2012 10:09 am

    Patrick said “Of course, the Dungeons & Dragons books, dice, and nerdy t-shirts sort of undercut the power of the Keeper…”

    My answer to that is a resounding, “P-shaw!” D&D made you more cool than the Trapper Keeper. Though, I must admit that the Trapper Keeper displayed above is resoundingly awesome!

    I had three Trapper Keepers back in jr. high. Not to up my cool factor, but I’m horribly and incredibly organized. I had one for school, one for my D&D player sheets and one for my D&D DM notes. I also had a cool, lockable bank bag made of canvas that I used for my pens, pencils and loads of dice. I wish I still had that bag, but I lost the key somewhere along the way. I REALLY wanted my dice back, so I had to cut it open. *sigh*

    PS: Too bad my grandparents wouldn’t buy me cool, nerdy t-shirts back in the day. Maybe that’s why I have over 100 tech/geek/nerd t-shirts these days? *shrug*

    PPS: Scan and post the report card! I’m curious. 🙂

    • Patrick Hester Posted July 27, 2012 4:08 pm

      JT – we used to play D&D in the library. Kinda funny, but we would gather a crowd of spectators. It got to the point where the librarian stepped in and told us we needed to rein it in or else be banned. 😛

      As for shirts – once I took an interest in my clothes, I was pretty much allowed to pick out my own stuff. I also started working fairly young and would use my own money.

      On the report card – ugh. Maybe. I was never a great student because I was always bored.


  • John Anealio Posted July 27, 2012 3:35 pm

    No lie, I had that exact same Trapper Keeper.

    • Patrick Hester Posted July 27, 2012 4:09 pm

      No way! That’s hilarious. 🙂


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