I, like a lot of photographers have a love/hate relationship with my tripod. I love the way I get sharper pictures,the way I have to consider my shots and the way it slows down my picture making. I hate lugging the thing around, cleaning sand out after a day on the beach and the way it slows down my picture making.
One of the joys of this here internet thingy is you can come across detailed articles about the minutia of life. One of my very favourites is this page on how to carry your tripod, don't say it's not educational here.