Most folks have probably owned a few briefcases...at one time or another.
Imagine that The Colonel last week acquired a new briefcase, as usual when The Colonel gets something there is always a story that goes with the acquisition.
Guys...I have/had this reliable briefcase that has been with me for who knows how many years, and has gone to who knows how many places. Some briefcases become special just because they have been around for many years, acquire the patina of being well used and appreciated for a good number of years.
In the meantime you acquire other briefcases that are more elegant, for different occasions...usually when its more formal, and you don't need to carry as much stuff. At one time the attache case was popular, and yes I have one made from "belting leather" that has its own patina, although attache cases are a little passe.
In addition to a couple of duffle bags, that were meticulously tanned in the sun to darken the color, and treated with mink oil to give it the proper patina.
I have a preference for all sorts of leather, for different occasions. The thing with leather bags, they have to capture your imagination, and emotions for them to become special.
At one point the Saddleback Leather briefcase captures my imagination, at the same time, I'm not prepared to let go of my briefcase that has been with me for countless years. It becomes an intellectual dilemma the Saddleback is totally cool, but the one I have is totally comfortable, and it took years to get the patina.
Saddleback truly resonates since Dave (the owner) had to do the right thing with his dog Blue in 2008, and I had to do the same thing with Zeus in 2008.
Finally I develop a "reason" to get the Saddleback, a point of, if this, then that happens, then yes a Saddleback.
Here is the Saddleback...yes the this, and that, and whatever else developed....
They are not sold in stores, most folks think they are the coolest thing since they have rarely seen such a briefcase.
Will it last forever?....Probably!
Does it need to get broken in and acquire a patina?...Absolutely (it takes time)!
Are you going to use the various loops? Dave sends a matching keychain (very cool) which is on the handle, notice there is another key chain on the left hand side.
How easy is it to get one in Canada?....Totally simple, just order online from the site, the folks at Saddleback are easy to to business with (they are good, they make it easy for you). Comes in the mail in about a week.
Value?...immense, its different, its a specialty briefcase not sold in stores, will last forever, exceptional fit, finish, attention to detail, will only look better with time...its lined with pigskin inside. Plus Dave supports several good causes with the money he makes...
Is it for every one?...put it this way a black nylon briefcase will do the same thing (accomodate a laptop) for a fraction of the money. If you are a leather aficionado, only leather works.
Why Chestnut?...needed a change from the light brown...
Yes...its Good Friday! Come in make yourself comfortable. Not a bad a idea to reflect, be thankful for what we have, and yes...kindness is always free try it!
With the incessant talk, conversations, thoughts on leadership, by a myriad of pundits. Perhaps today is a reminder of what leaders really do...you know the saying "Don't tell me...show me"...we were shown a couple of thousand years ago what its all about (leadership being one of them).
Another saying "First boot on the field...last boot off the field".
This one truly strikes a note "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
In case you missed it, Polaris the folks that build Victory motorcycles, bought Indian motorcycles, it will be interesting to see how Indian finally develops under an owner with proper resources.
If you have entertained the thought that its the Canadian consumer that has been keeping the Canadian economy running for the past several months...since 2009. Think about this for a moment, Canadian banks through the Canadian consumer have kept the economy going. Its only sensible that Canadian banks keep a close watch on the financial health of CSM (Citizen Main Street). An informative article...here.
Have you noticed the delay between the increase in gas prices, and the acknowledgement by the media that gas prices are higher. Back to CSM...with increasing gas and food prices impacting strained budgets...since there are no discount gas retailers, the discount food retailers will do more business.
Our usual old cars...here.