I've already openly admitted to being a newcomer on the lightened load scene, so I hold no quams about being a newbie. I've only had a digital kitchen scale for a couple years now, and am still in the "new-toy" phase with it. Even so, as I start becoming more in tune with particular weights, I'm starting to see dimishing returns. I now know how much a mini-bic, or various pocketknives weigh, and can judge the weight of a cook pot in the store with a fair degree of relative accuracy. So anyway, a couple things I'd like to add...
A scale is a valuable training tool to start off, and a handy referance tool in the future.
Then there's the "list"...
I find it a bit strange, that everywhere I read, the ULer's (if I may use a label) are trying to promote, justify, defend and basically sell the idea that less is more. Great concept and I wholeheartedly agree. But then they turn around and chatter amongst themselves about the "good ol' boy club" and speak of the newbies in the third person. I have to admit that at times it feels a bit unwelcoming. Instead of being "freed" of excess weight, worry, and confines, it feels as if I've entered a covenant of restictions and scrutiny from board members. In short, the antithesis of "less is more". All you "old hands" don't need to publish your lists to impress each other, but for those that encourage others into going light, it's kind of your obligation as a promoter the way I see it.
I realize not everyone is on some kind of crusade to convert the world, and I'm not singling anyone out or anything. Many are probably just weekenders like me. I also apologize if I come across a bit harsh, but it's just a little trend that I've noticed and this fine, well-balanced article has brought it to the forefront of my attention.