I didn't know what to get Don for his birthday. There wasn't much that he needed and the only thing he wants is an Xbox 360, but I'm still not thrilled about having yet another gaming system in the house. Instead, I thought about what he likes to do and what he enjoys. For the most part, he's a pretty outdoorsy person. When we met, he had all of this incredible camping gear (that was stolen when we moved into the house). He had all of these nifty gadgets from REI that, someone like me, only appreciates the aesthetics, but never really has the opportunity to utilize it for what it was intended for. Case in point: those really durable rock climbing clips to stabilize the rope when you are climbing. Me: Key ring for my various keys. Him: Rope held tightly with intricate knots that would make an Eagle Scout proud.
Earlier in the week in dawned on me that I had not yet picked out the gift. This was highly unlike me since I typically like to have that sort of thing knocked out at least a week in advance. I briefly considered running over to Best Buy to get the Xbox 360, but a crying Mari brought me back to center. I certainly didn't want to be an Xbox widow! No, no, no...That afternoon, I ran into a co-worker who was returning from the gym. He had this kickass bag from BAD (best American duffel) bags. I was certainly intrigued. After playing with the various zippers and feeling the bag itself, I was impressed enough to make that be his birthday gift. This bag was built for the long haul. My co-worker said that after $600 of failed Samsonite luggage (which he didn't have for very long), he discovered BAD bags and won't consider going back. I went online and opted for the Duffel #3. I figured if he was ever going to get to take that weeklong camping trip, this bag would be the one to go on his journey. In any case, this is going to be his bag for his next ski trip, fishing excursion, weekend trip to Lubbock or Kansas, whatev...
Yesterday, it came in the mail and I was so excited to open it! I handed him the priority box, giddy with glee. (Seriously, I ordered the thing Friday afternoon and it was here yesterday morning!) He opened it and genuinely seemed happy to get the bag. At first I was hesitant because I thought it was a lame gift, but as it turns out, he really liked it. He played with the zippers and the handles and told me that it was a pretty amazing bag. [big smiles and a sigh of relief inside]
Now I want one for myself. =)