Favorite Things: Jory Green and his OGIO backpack

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Jory Green grew up adventuring on his skateboard and playing music with his friends. One constant throughout his life is his reliable OGIO backpack, which has survived several moves to different homes and even a nasty car accident. 

My favorite thing is my old OGIO backpack, which I got as a Christmas gift when I was 16. Nobody knew what to get me, so I was told to pick out what I wanted for Christmas. I went to CCS.com, a skateboarding website, and picked out a backpack that could hold my skateboard and had a line out, so I could still listen to music with my Zune in one of the pockets. I was so excited about having a Zune at the time, and I really wanted to be able to listen to music while skating. 

I moved around a lot when I was a teenager, and this backpack was the only constant between all the different places. I took it to school with me everyday and out wherever I was going. It always held onto my most important things, which was good because I’m super forgetful. Now, I take it to work with me everyday. It holds not only the usual stuff, but also my vitamins and cosmetic stuff that I take everywhere with me to make sure I wash my face and stuff. I’m kind of weird about that. It was also one of the few things that made it out alive after a bad car accident I had. I drove my car into a narrow lake. I lost everything I had in the car, except for this backpack. After a wash, it was pretty much good to go again.  

It’s been ripped up before, but I’ve always made sure to repair it and sew it back up. I use it so much that I don’t even remember how it gets ripped. It’s probably just from me using it all the time — I take it literally everywhere with me. It just gets worn down over the years. I have my aunt fix it up for me. She had to get a really big needle to fix it, and it kind of hurt her fingers. There was a little bit of blood on it that I had to wash off. 

It’s a comforting thing to have around. I’m always losing things, at the very least I can see that I have my backpack with me and know that I have the essentials. There’s not much else that I have taken around with me for so long. It’s my favorite thing not because it’s super interesting, but because it’s been so reliable. 

Interview edited and condensed by Skyler Ashley. If you have a suggestion for Favorite Things, please email Skyler@Lansingcitypulse.com

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