We live in a funny society.

See this bag?

This is a nylon tote bag.

This nylon bag costs upwards of $150.  It is a fairly plain-looking nylon tote bag.  So why the huge price tag?  I think the answer is simple:  people (girls) will buy anything as long as it has the right name stamped onto it.  I, too, have a nylon tote bag.  I paid $12 for it (on sale, of course), it’s larger than the one pictured above, and it has more inner pockets.

I’ve seen this bag popping up all around my university’s campus.  At first, I couldn’t get close enough to the type of girl that typically carries one to figure out the designer or brand.  Although, there was one incidence where I was walking behind a girl with this bag, and tried to follow close enough to see a label.  This resulted in me nearly  falling down all the stairs of Wilson Commons.  Unlike most women, I’m just not that well-versed in designer or brand names.  Honestly, I assumed it was a Ralph Lauren.  Lo and behold, even when I googled Ralph Lauren bags, this one happened to pop up.  That was how I discovered it was the Longchamp Le Pliage.

What’s more disturbing to me is that, compared to most handbags or other designer totes, this pricetag isn’t even that high.  I mentioned Ralph Lauren.  They have a similar-looking canvas tote on their website for over $200.  But the worst thing about this situation, is that I actually kind of want this bag.  Their medium Le Pliage looks like it would be the perfect size for an everyday bag.  That’s another thing I cannot figure out: girls purchase this bag with its ridiculous pricetag and then treat it like garbage by overstuffing it with textbooks and laptops, setting it on the dirty floor of the campus Starbucks (they are always at Starbucks), or neglecting it in various other ways.  Yes, it’s a nylon bag…but it is still a $150 nylon bag that should be cared for properly.  Maybe for some people, that kind of money is a bit more disposable.  I’m sure it’s a fine bag, but I guess for now I will stick with my more modest $12 tote.

I will leave on a positive note.  It’s starting to look like spring.  I even got a picture of the sun reflecting off of the Medical Center and MRB.  Not my best work, but I couldn’t bring myself to stand in the middle of the sidewalk taking a picture of the Med Center.  I quickly snapped this shot as I walked to my car.


It was sunny today.


And although you can’t see it here, grass is beginning to reappear around Rochester.  Slowly.


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