Advertising pervades our culture. Every other day you turn around to the Orange Bowl becoming the FedEx Orange Bowl or as announced yesterday, Seattle’s Qwest Field will be renamed CenturyLink Field. Wasn’t there a pure time when one could pursue the highest pursuits free of commercial motivations?
Well, no. At least not in the last hundred years. All you need to do is walk into the Museum of Air and Space here in Washington, D.C., for a stark reminder that things weren’t as different back then as we might have hoped. Among the sublime rockets and planes that conquered the firmament, there’s a Wright Brothers-styled biplane and underneath it are written the immortal words:
The Ideal Grape Soda
It turns out that the plane was the first to make a trip across North America, all made possible by a temperance movement-promoted grape beverage.
Do you have any suggestions for luggage for long-term travel? I'm looking for bags that will last me a while but aren't crazy expensive.
I don’t like to skimp on luggage, since I know what abuse it will eventually take on the road. I justify big spending on bags with the logic that the more trips you make, the cheaper your per-mile cost. Right now, I’m enamored with the Filson Travel Bag, a practically indestructible duffle. —PB
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