Gather ’round chitlins. It’s time for an ancient history lesson. One year, for reasons that I am still not able to fathom, I decided to see what kind of awesome deals I could find if I dragged my ass out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and fought the crowds on… duh, duh, duh… Black Friday.
The one really fantastic deal I got that day was an entire set of luggage for $20. Even back in those days, that was quite the bargain.
I remain proud of that purchase (as evidenced by the fact that I’m still telling tales about in true grandfather fashion). But, I travel a lot. Seriously, a lot. moving back to the current time period, the checked bag from that set is starting to deteriorate. I dealt with the little things, like the broken zipper for a few years.
And minor things like holes on the inside material were tolerable for quite a while.
But, I had to draw the line when the corners started pulling apart.
This corner is worse even than it looks in the picture. It’s about to start leaking things out of the bag. That would put the beer at risk. And I can’t have that.
This may come as a shock to some. But, I’m a bit of a hoarder. Not that anyone can tell from the 1,600 plus bottles and cans lying around. Or, the beer caps, or the beer coasters, or the stickers, or even the Star Wars collection. However, there comes a time that even someone like me has to break down and replace something. It was time for a new bag.
I have a lot of people recommending to me that I get a hard case to better protect the beer. It’s not like I’ve lost many across the years that I’ve been collecting. Only one so far if anyone wants to keep track. But, well, mission accomplished. I caved in and got a hard case bag.
However, I have to stress an argument that I’ve maintained for quite some time. What most people think of as a hard case is not like the luggage you used to see in the gorilla commercials. They have a very thin shell that bends at the slightest touch.
I’m not sure how well this bag will protect my beer in the long run. But I’ve made my choice, and I’m going to stick with it. The bag has already proven itself worthy in a trip to San Diego where I managed to weasel my way into getting 2 checked bags. The next step is to see how many beer stickers I can get to adhere to the thing.
All of the ridges in the hard case aren’t helping anything. But, I’ll keep adding to it as I go. And, of course, I’ll let you all know how it holds up on my future travels.