Thirty odd years ago (yeah, I can’t believe I can say that either) my mother bought me a luggage set as a birthday/graduation/xmas present. It was pretty expensive then (especially for my mom) and I have to say I have gotten a lot of use out of it. For roughly $100-$150 I got a complete Samsonite set.
And, after 30 some years of traveling (I lived out of them for a couple of years) they really have stood the test of time.
What happened to the days where you bought something and knew it would last? Remember the days where Samsonite had those commercials where chimpanzee’s, monkey’s, and apes threw the cases around? They really did/do last. Okay, it was American Tourister (do they still exist?) but, you get my drift…
I’m sad to say that other cases I’ve added have never lasted as long. This set, pictured above is still going fairly strong. I have one or two pieces I never use anymore (makeup case) and I’ve learned to downsize, but the same basic three pieces are still alive. I’ve lost the pull strap for the big one which still has working wheels, you can see wear and tear on the edges, and today I found a hole through one of them as I pack for the GCLS con in Chicago. Still, quality LASTS. So does a GOOD story. It stick’s with you for a LONG time, even after the book has become frayed and worn away.
We are living in a time where people dispose of their possessions far too easily. A book, a story that sticks with you, makes you want to read over and over again, is priceless. So take a moment and think over those you have enjoyed. Check out mine if you haven’t, and if you have, please leave a review….you never know who you might influence and they can have the same enjoyment of the story that you had.
If you are at GCLS this next week, please say hello to me. If I look a bit confused it’s because I have the memory of a goldfish and while your name might ring a bell, the bell’s clapper may have been muffled…Facebook friends and others have a tendency to make me look as though I don’t remember anyone, but I do, and I have a long memory for the oddest things…so take a chance and give me a hug (I really don’t bite (despite the fangs)…hard), talk to me, and ask me for a lesbian membership card! Lol! Who knows when/where we will meet again! See you all there!