A Manly Bag For Your Manly Book: The Saddleback Leather Company Contest/Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 23, 2009 · 605 comments

in Dress & Grooming

14 Cody Burns' Machu Picchu leather briefcase


We here at the Art of Manliness love partnering with the Saddleback Leather Company because we’re both passionate about the same stuff: things that are classic, timeless, made to last, and can be passed down to the next generation. Saddleback channels that passion into making rugged, top quality leather bags, bags that your grandchildren will fight over when you’re dead. Here are the Art of Manliness we’re dedicated to sharing and spreading the virtues, skills, and manners every man should know and which never go out of style.

So we figured it was time to bring together our passions for the timeless and classic things in life.

We’ve had giveaways with Saddleback before, but this is by far our biggest and best. We’ve got multiple ways to enter and multiple prizes up for grabs.

We’ve touted our new book-The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man-as a way to take your manliness on the go. The book is full of short sections of essential man knowledge that are easy to read in snatches wherever you travel during the day. But it’s pretty uncomfortable to try to shove the book in your pocket. What you need is a bag, a bag manly enough to carry the world’s manliest book. You need a Saddleback Leather Bag!

Are ready to get your hands on one of these epic leather bags just in time for the holidays?

There are two ways to enter this contest and 3 prizes up for grabs:

  • Grand prize: Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback briefcase+3 $25 gift cards to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Submit a photo of yourself in a manly location or doing something manly while reading the Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
  • Second prize: Saddleback laptop case+2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.
  • Third prize: Saddleback passport wallet+1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.
    • How to enter: Leave a comment under this post, join the Man Bag Group in the Community, or email the contest to a friend.

Ready for the details? Read on!

The Grand Prize: A Manly Bag for Your Manly Book Photo Contest

The Prize

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We’re awarding one winner a Limited Edition Art of Manliness/Saddleback Leather Briefcase. It’s an extra large light tobacco brown briefcase with The Art of Manliness boxer logo laser etched onto the bag. Indiana Jones will envy you when you win this bag. It’s a $600 USD value. Saddleback is also throwing in 3 $25 gift cards that can be used in their online store.

How to Enter

To enter, you must submit an awesomely manly picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man while doing something manly or while in a manly location. Here’s how to submit your photo:

  • Step 1. Join the Art of Manliness Community.
  • Step 2. Take a photo of yourself doing something manly or in a manly location while reading The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man
  • Step 3. Upload the photo to the Art of Manliness Community photo page.
  • Step 4. Tag your photo with “Saddleback.” This step is important! If you don’t tag your photo with “Saddleback,” we can’t tell that you entered. If the photo is not tagged correctly, you’re not entered!

If you’re a visual learner, check out this quick screencast I made during our Case pocket knife contest. View it here.

How to Win

We’ll be judging photos on 1) creativity and 2) quality of work. We want you to have fun with this contest, so let your imagination run wild. You could take a picture of yourself reading The Art of Manliness while straight razor shaving or splitting wood. Or perhaps you know of a manly location that would be a great place to read The Art of Manliness. Be creative.

What’s nice about a contest, as opposed to a giveaway, is the more effort you put in to your entry, the more likely you are to win. So go for it!

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, December 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST. You’ve got two weeks to get a photo in!

Second and Third Prize: The Random Giveaway

In addition to the photo contest, we’re giving away two other Saddleback Leather company products in a random drawing. Here’s the rundown on the giveaway.

The Prizes

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The first name we draw will receive a Medium Dark Tobacco Brown Laptop Bag ($256 USD value) and 2 $25 gift certificates to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

WA-PA-LTB laying down, leather, passport wallet, large fileSaddleback Passport Wallet

The second name we draw will receive a Light Tobacco Passport Wallet ($43 USD value) and 1 $25 gift certificate to the Saddleback Leather Company online store.

How to Enter

You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing for a Saddleback laptop bag and passport wallet:
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharingsomething that you think is classic and/or timeless. This can be an object or a bit of wisdom or knowledge.
  2. Join the Art of Manliness Community’s Man Bag Group. In order to join the group, you have to be a member of the AoM Community.
  3. Share this post with your friends using the “Email Story to a Friend” button in our “Share” Box at the bottom of the post. For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more. We cannot see your friends’ email addresses, so we won’t be sending them any mail whatsoever.

Increase your chances of winning by doing all three!

How to Win

We’ll randomly select two entries. The first entry we draw will receive the laptop bag. The second entry we draw will receive the passport wallet.

Deadline to Enter

Deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 11:59PM CST

Please read our official rules for more details about the contest.

Got a question about the giveaway? Don’t let it get lost in the avalanche of comments. Message me directly!

401 Nish November 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Be a man, do the right thing!!

402 Justin November 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Every man should have a simple air-cooled vehicle, and he should know how to fix his air-cooled vehicle.

403 Ken Hunt November 28, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Sign me up!!

404 Ken November 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Living a good life is the best revenge!

405 Penny November 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Something that will never go out of style: Integrity

406 Robert November 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Love is a verb, not a noun. It is something you do, not own.

407 Hiroki Yanagihara November 29, 2009 at 12:28 am

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.

408 Andrew November 29, 2009 at 1:44 am

Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego.

409 Mike November 29, 2009 at 1:48 am

Work is, ideally, timeless.

410 Scott November 29, 2009 at 2:19 am

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I will have another drink.

-W.C. Fields

411 Rob November 29, 2009 at 2:21 am

two tidbits of wisdom that I’ve always relied on…

“Well done is better than well said”
-Ben Franklin

“The next thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are”
-C.S. Lewis

412 Daniel Shuford November 29, 2009 at 2:45 am

That laptop bag will be perfect for the MSI Wind that I’m getting! I hope I win!

413 Chris November 29, 2009 at 3:06 am

“Nothing comes next. This is it.”

414 Simon November 29, 2009 at 4:54 am

Just got my SBL Messenger Bag. It’s an outstanding piece of (art)work. Customs wanted additional proof of cost, they thought is must have been worth way more than the declared €250.

415 Ozymandias November 29, 2009 at 5:49 am

A timeless object? Well, it’s a somewhat silly one but I’d say army men. Not men in the armed forces but the little (usually green) plastic toys. Also the cowboys and Indians made just like them.
My grandpa played with them, my dad and uncles played with them, I played with them, and now my four year old nephew’s favourite toys are his hot-wheels and his army men.

416 Mark November 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

I can’t wait for my briefcase. Either of these would be a bonus!

417 Bob Henson November 29, 2009 at 6:51 am

I would use these to assist with my PhD work, thus earning the always-manly title of “Doctor”.

418 Pylon November 29, 2009 at 6:58 am

Nothing is as timeless, classic or as imperative as being a good father. Being involved and emotionally invested makes you neither soft nor somehow less manly, but instead ensures a better tomorrow for us all.

419 Abe Joseph November 29, 2009 at 7:37 am

I would love to win that manly laptop case and give my boyish backpack a rest!

420 Tim November 29, 2009 at 8:06 am

Love you guys!

421 Jason November 29, 2009 at 8:55 am

A timeless quote which in which I firmly believe:
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

422 Tom J November 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

“Do or do not… there is no try.”
Don’t start unless you intend to finish, and finish well.

423 Isaac Richert November 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

Breaking in a new baseball glove is a timeless activity that fathers can help their sons with. I’m looking forward to helping my son with his when the time comes.

424 Rob Ray November 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

Fingers are crossed!

425 Gordon Fierce November 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

Timeless: A cup of coffee, a newspaper, and a seat with a view.

426 Ben Winograd November 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

Crossing my fingers for the laptop bag.

427 NH November 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

Love the laptop bag.

428 James November 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

The passing on of heirlooms, is both timeless AND classic, adding a tangible element to family tales and traditions.

429 Maxwell Pollack November 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

Diggin’ the laptop bag.

430 Michael Roden November 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

“Man is a shrewd inventor, and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure, adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron, wood, and leather, to some required function in the work of the world”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

431 Stephen Larsen November 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I think the triumph of good over evil is timeless. So many stories are about this and when they’re told right they stay with us for centuries.

432 Dino November 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

A manly man is well dressed, is well groomed, and can talk to anyone without being snobbish. He posseses “man skills” like shoe shining, drink making and bowtie tying. A man needs to be intelligent, and keep up on current issues to avoid being ignorant. No matter if it is 1959 or 2009, I think these values matter equally.

433 Zachary Galicki November 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

with this bag i hope to compete with Indiana Jones

434 Ryan November 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm

That laptop bag looks sharp! I could also use the wallet seeing as how my old one isn’t holding up.

435 Chris Preston November 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I think something that SHOULD never go out of style, but I think it is going out of style, is the mindset that men are supposed to be the protectors of women!

436 Britt Davis November 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Give a smile to everyone, but love only one.

437 Brad November 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm

One of the best ways to love your children is to love their mother.

438 Erik Fay November 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

439 Rajesh November 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

““Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”
Winston Churchill

440 Seth November 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I find the smell of leather, and a good steak classic. As well as manly.

441 Matthias November 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm

A rational man is guided by his thinking – by a process of Reason – not by his feelings and desires.
Ayn Rand

442 Jacob Elling November 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Find something you love to do and do it for the rest of your life…

443 Clark Adams November 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Saddleback goods can’t be beat.

444 NS November 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Once upon a long ago, my father took me to a minor-league baseball game. On the way back, he realized that he needed to buy milk, so we stopped at a convenience store. At the register, my father paid with a $20 bill. The cashier gave him his change and bid him a good day. We left.

On the way back to the car, my father stopped. “Look at that,” he said. “She gave me an extra dollar in change.” He turned to return to the store.

“Why are you going back?” I said, hungry for dinner. “It’s only a dollar.”

“Because,” he said, “my integrity is worth more than one dollar.”

One to grow on.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

445 jfta November 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

*fingers crossed* for the comment win! and submitting a photo soon.

446 Stephen November 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Those cases are beautiful pieces of work. I’m thrilled that sort of thing still gets made today. The laptop case looks like it’d make an excellent work bag.

447 Andrew November 29, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Both the full briefcase and the laptop case look like real works of art. Sign me up!

448 Ben Colvin November 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Please enter me in the drawing for your contest. As for a comment to be made…

“Men occationally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.” – Winston Churchill

449 Dan November 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I believe in the importance of the bag, as nothing is as timeless as the readiness of a man who has all his things accounted for and at hand. Notebooks, tools, glasses, etc.

450 Lorraine Grant November 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Behind every good man there is a good woman!

451 Matt November 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Very cool bags…and if someone makes fun of your man bag…heavy enough to beat them down with

452 Ben November 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm

It’s always better to have hope in your soul than soap in your hole.

453 Furqan November 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm

“That man can be conscious of himself in his contemplation raises him infinitely above all other living creatures on earth.” -Immanuel Kant

I have been lusting over these bags!

454 C J Murdock November 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Awesome bags, wish I had the money for one now…I’ll get one eventually

455 Marc Neilson November 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Like many of the posters, I thought about sharing some timeless quotes, but I wanted to explore something other than Churchill, TR, Hemingway, or any of the greats already mentioned time and again here. What I’d like to share are quotes from two very famous, and very different, Brazilian writers.

“Forgetting is essential. Life is a chalkboard in which fate, in order to write a new story, must erase the story already written.” – Machado de Assis

“Hardship is the structural steel needed for the construction of character” – Carlos Drummond de Andrade

These little tidbits of wisdom are, in my opinion, both timeless and universally true.

456 Terry November 29, 2009 at 8:57 pm

My pockets are getting too full to dress as a proper gentleman. I would love to add this bag to the things to pass on to my two sons. Redefines “Man Bag”.

457 Brian November 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I need that bag!

458 mike November 29, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I can certainly use the laptop bag, but any of them will be a great addition to my work and my college studies.

459 Jay November 29, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Nothing more timeless than the Golden rule.

460 Joe L-E November 30, 2009 at 12:04 am

As a poor law student (who has yet to come up with a good enough idea for a blog as this site’s founder, Brett, has) I struggle with trying to find the right equipment for school and for internships that won’t cost me an arm and a leg. I have been in need for something classy and leather, and these bags are perfect.
In the least, seeing these Saddleback Bags pop up on the site time and again are giving me some motivation to keep pushing through school for the chance to actually earn a salary! (and/or buy lottery tickets).

461 Will Dluger November 30, 2009 at 12:49 am

The Idea of a University
by Cardinal John Henry Newman
Part 1 – University Teaching
Discourse 8 – Knowledge Viewed in Relation to Religion
Section 10

Hence it is that it is almost a definition of a gentleman to say he is one who never inflicts pain. This description is both refined and, as far as it goes, accurate. He is mainly occupied in merely removing the obstacles which hinder the free and unembarrassed action of those about him; and he concurs with their movements rather than takes the initiative himself. His benefits may be considered as parallel to what are called comforts or conveniences in arrangements of a personal nature: like an easy chair or a good fire, which do their part in dispelling cold and fatigue, though nature provides both means of rest and animal heat without them. The true gentleman in like manner carefully avoids whatever may cause a jar or a jolt in the minds of those with whom he is cast;—all clashing of opinion, or collision of feeling, all restraint, or suspicion, or gloom, or resentment; his great concern being to make every one at their ease and at home. He has his eyes on all his company; he is tender towards the bashful, gentle towards the distant, and merciful towards the absurd; he can recollect to whom he is speaking; he guards against unseasonable allusions, or topics which may irritate; he is seldom prominent in conversation, and never wearisome. He makes light of favours while he does them, and seems to be receiving when he is conferring. He never speaks of himself except when compelled, never defends himself by a mere retort, he has no ears for slander or gossip, is scrupulous in imputing motives to those who interfere with him, and interprets every thing for the best. He is never mean or little in his disputes, never takes unfair advantage, never mistakes personalities or sharp sayings for arguments, or insinuates evil which he dare not say out. From a long-sighted prudence, he observes the maxim of the ancient sage, that we should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend. He has too much good sense to be affronted at insults, he is too well employed to remember injuries, and too indolent to bear malice. He is patient, forbearing, and resigned, on philosophical principles; he submits to pain, because it is inevitable, to bereavement, because it is irreparable, and to death, because it is his destiny. If he engages in controversy of any kind, his disciplined intellect preserves him from the blundering discourtesy of better, perhaps, but less educated minds; who, like blunt weapons, tear and hack instead of cutting clean, who mistake the point in argument, waste their strength on trifles, misconceive their adversary, and leave the question more involved than they find it. He may be right or wrong in his opinion, but he is too clear-headed to be unjust; he is as simple as he is forcible, and as brief as he is decisive. Nowhere shall we find greater candour, consideration, indulgence: he throws himself into the minds of his opponents, he accounts for their mistakes. He knows the weakness of human reason as well as its strength, its province and its limits. If he be an unbeliever, he will be too profound and large-minded to ridicule religion or to act against it; he is too wise to be a dogmatist or fanatic in his infidelity. He respects piety and devotion; he even supports institutions as venerable, beautiful, or useful, to which he does not assent; he honours the ministers of religion, and it contents him to decline its mysteries without assailing or denouncing them. He is a friend of religious toleration, and that, not only because his philosophy has taught him to look on all forms of faith with an impartial eye, but also from the gentleness and effeminacy of feeling, which is the attendant on civilization.

462 Luke P. November 30, 2009 at 12:58 am

Another law student here, and I just snapped the shoulder strap on my current laptop bag. Over the break I’m going to read the Art of Manliness, and hope to have a new laptop manbag for my last semester and future career.

463 Benton November 30, 2009 at 1:28 am

Friends and family find it funny that I’m 25 and am willing to spend the extra money on a nice suit, or a decent watch, or a bow tie that isn’t pre-tied; or that my boss finds it peculiar when I’ll take responsibility for something that goes wrong instead of throwing a co-worker under the bus. Glad to see there is a community of guys out there that share the same ideals.

464 Aylon Pesso November 30, 2009 at 2:09 am

I think that a nice, classic pocketwatch is a timeless addition to any man’s wardrobe.

465 Eric Baker November 30, 2009 at 2:32 am

“The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.”

–Oscar Wilde

Just something to keep in mind as we all lust after these wonderful Saddleback Leather products.

466 KJKabrick November 30, 2009 at 2:40 am

Every man needs a bag to carry his tobacco pouch.

467 Ben Plantinga November 30, 2009 at 4:10 am

I have one saddleback leather bag. Nice stuff. Would love to win another….

468 Sean Patrick November 30, 2009 at 7:19 am

There are a couple of things that come to mind when I think of what manliness is… The ability to sincerely say “I’m sorry” and “I’m wrong”, acceptance and a willingness to try to understand things that are new or foreign to us, and the ability to understand what we have control over and to let go of the rest… And oh yeah, these bags are the best looking around! A definite upgrade from my current laptop bag.

469 matt November 30, 2009 at 8:21 am

nylon bags suck

470 Zach November 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

“They’ll fight over it when you’re dead” – No truer words.

471 Ted Martin November 30, 2009 at 11:07 am

This weekend, we watched the “punkin chunkin” contest on Discovery. There is a trebuchet category – trebuchets are ancient weapons designed to use physics to hurl an object and breach walls. What struck me was that the winner of the category is the one that followed an actual design from the past, rather then trying to make a modern interpretation. Many of the simple objects and tools of our lives, like hammers, chisels, and handsaws have this “timeless” feel – the idea that centuries of humans have refined the design and made a classic. What I realized is that the same process exists for complicated matters – if you want to hurl an object using gravity, there is no finer design nor more classic and timeless methodology then that of the “grendel” trebuchet.

472 Nick Ellingworth November 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

“Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”

In my opinion everyone should live by this advice, I try to myself. For example I am a student and the worst that could happen to be is that I fail to get a degree however I am already prepared for that nightmare scenario as I have already got an HND (in the UK an HND is just below an undergraduate degree and takes two years to complete rather than three). By already achieving this lesser qualification I am in a much better position that those who have to fall back to A-levels or Diplomas if they fail.

473 Jared November 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

Spent some time playing basketball lately at the YMCA gym, and I think some men must have lost the ability to win gracefully. What a shame.

474 Ivan November 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I need a Manbag

475 Carson Wright November 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Here’s a latin proverb I try to live by that I consider to be timeless:

“Wise men learn by the mistakes of others, fools by their own.”

476 Chris November 30, 2009 at 1:29 pm

“A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.” – The Boy Scout Law

You live by this law, and you will wish for nothing in life.

477 Nycole K November 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I think that a great fedora is always timeless. As is good manners, opening the door for a lady and calling your mother once a week.

478 Joseph M November 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

The United States Military Academy Creed: Duty, Honor, Country.

479 Kyle November 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Being honest is always a timeless quality

480 Elmir November 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Gentlemanly indeed.

481 Michael November 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Gray flannel suit. I don’t think you can get more sartorially classic then that.

482 Jeff November 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

While cleaning out stuff from my parent’s basement over the Thanksgiving weekend, I came across a box of toys I had as a kid. Typical nostalgia set in as I rummaged through the original Ninja Turtle action figures and some of the Hot Wheels I used to roll around, but the item that really struck me was a hand-made quilt an aunt made for me. It’s mostly tattered now, but the time and effort to make something for someone you care about, it’s that time and effort that is classic. I can go out and buy brand new gadgets that will likely be next year’s junk or clutter, but if I could sit down and create something with my own two hands for someone I care about, that would be a truly special and timeless gift. I have been inspired to attempt this with at least one of the gifts I’ll be giving this Christmas.

483 Daniel Sinner November 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

484 Evan Gildenblatt November 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity…

485 Guy November 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I’d love to get one of these bags. I’ve had so many cheap bags I could sure use a bag that does not fall apart after two years.

486 Tman November 30, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Eating dinner with my wife and boys- timeless and priceless.

487 Andy November 30, 2009 at 8:19 pm

smoking a corncob pipe… relaxing and smells good.

488 Lewis November 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

My grandfather used to sit back in his old easy chair, pack the pipe he won in a bet with a native american friend, unlace his tired looking red wing boots, and then talk to me about how things were in his younger days. He often spoke of long gone lady friends, but just once, he told me about a nice briefcase he used to carry to work. The best looking, most functional paper-carrier one man could ever ask for, according to him.

489 Al November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Clint Eastwood films, especially the man with no name trilogy. lines, cinematography, music, the look. Will live on forever.

490 JCB November 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Have bag, will travel.

“Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” Mark Twain

491 Aaron S November 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 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 short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“You cannot manage men into battle. You manage things; you lead people.” Grace Hopper, Admiral, U. S. Navy Retired, Nova PBS TV

492 Kyle November 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

“La libertad, Sancho, es uno de los más preciosos dones que a los hombres dieron los cielos; con ella no pueden igualarse los tesoros que encierra la tierra ni el mar encubre; por la libertad, así como por la honra, se puede y debe aventurar la vida, y, por el contrario, el cautiverio es el mayor mal que puede venir a los hombres.”
-Don Quijote

493 Chris Hamm November 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Bitterness is the poison that we take hoping it will hurt someone else.

494 Ian November 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

“Manliness consists not in bluff, bravado or lordliness. It consists in daring to do the right and facing consequences whether it is in matters social, political or other. It consists in deeds, not in words.”


495 cynicist November 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I have a Saddleback leather bag and can not imagine a better prize. My wife has been begging me to buy her one since the day I received mine in the mail. i had been looking for a bag like this for years. I wanted something that was going to last forever, not cost me a bloody fortune and, as Dave says, be something my kids would fight over. Primarily I wanted “the” bag that I could carry forever.

My wife found me this bag on the internet. We did some research and looked over every page on Dave’s website. I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy it. After all, I was unemployed as I had taken the year off to care for my grandfather while he was sick and could not justify buying a bag of this costs at a time when I did not have any income and was living a thousand miles from the house I was still paying for and didn’t see a paycheck in the near future. My Grandfather had passed away a month before and my wife and I had decided to stick around and care for my grandmother and make sure everything was going to be ok.

As i was sitting at the kitchen table discussing why I should not buy such an expensive bag with my wife, my Grandmother told me that she would buy it and it would be a gift from her and my Grandfather that Christmas. I resisted, but she insisted that she buy it. I received my bag almost 2 years ago and at least once a day I think about the fact that this bag is from my Grandfather. I think about how it is one of the few things that I will have around for years to come that will consistently remind me of him. I have it with me constantly. It also makes me think about the fact that he lived in an era when you could still buy things that would last a lifetime. The bag is not only perfect for it construction and obvious workmanship, but for the way it makes me feel. About life, about society, and for the memory that this was the last Christmas gift my Grandfather gave me.

496 Doughboy December 1, 2009 at 12:08 am

Drunkenness is voluntary madness. – Seneca

Still true today after thousands of years.

497 Wes Martin December 1, 2009 at 12:17 am

The Art of Suffering lies beneath The Art of Manliness… for when we suffer, and in turn persevere… we truly become men.

498 roadbelow December 1, 2009 at 6:01 am

Great sack!

499 Glenn December 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

Great looking bags

500 Grant December 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

Dang. I keep entering these drawings, cause these have to be the coolest bags in existence, but there’s no way I’ll ever be able to afford one on a college student’s budget.

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