I spoke to Santa Claus yesterday and boy did I learn a few things! He was enjoying a bowl of soup all by himself in a booth at our local lunch cafe and I thought it would be OK to strike up a quick conversation. I asked him, “Why, with all of the fantastic advances in luggage technology, are you still carrying all of your deliverable packages in a huge white bed sheet?” His answer surprised even this jaded old traveler. He enumerated the following points to help clear things up:
- First of all, it’s a huge white duffel bag and not a bed-sheet.
- Ounce for ounce, nothing holds as much as a duffel. When it comes to carrying presents from city to city, every ounce counts and Santa didn’t want to haul suitcases that weigh 5 or 6 pounds when they’re empty.
- Duffels are strong and durable. A good canvas duffel can hold hundreds of times its own weight.
- Once the toys and packages are delivered, an empty duffel bag can be shipped home for very little money, or it can be rolled up and packed into a carry-on bag and would not have to be checked by an airline.
Santa went as far as to recommend Duluth Pack for my future luggage needs. They use quality materials and everything is manufactured here in the USA. He told me that companies like Tumi and Victorinox (makers of the Swiss Army brand of bags) might have gotten their start by making high quality luggage, but as soon as they made a fancy name for themselves, they opened factories in China and other points overseas. The newest line of their bags aren’t anywhere nearly as good as they used to be, and their pricepoints are still sky high.
I thanked Santa for his wisdom and asked him for a Duluth Pack Sportsman’s duffel (in black). He winked at me, finished his soup, and in a flash; he was gone!
By the way, I should let Ghislaine, Susan, Mark, Steve, Eva, Leia, Ivy, Dave, Harry, and Andy know that you’re all on the “Nice” list! I peeked at the other list too and I’m very disappointed to say that Jeanine, Jeremy, Paul, Cordell, Betty, Aaron and especially Joe have all been naughty. Those were the only names I could see on that first page.
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