@kfield: Sounds like you could have used a forklift to carry away everything you saw that you wanted to buy!
My chum Rick Curl had a backpack, but he had to make multiple trips back to his car to stash everything he was buying. I did see one guy walking aroudn with a big suitcase on wheels -- that was a good idea :-)
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