We have two cars. One car is designated as the family car because it is just easiest that way with the car seats. The other car is the commuter car. If Steve is working he will take it to work, and if Steve is home he will stay with the family car and I will take the commuter car to work.
Well, I got into the commuter car this morning. What was laying on the front seat but a water bottle. Crystal Geyser Spring Water to be exact. While working, a pilot, or flight attendant for that matter, may drink, oh, about one of these big bottles a day. The air in those planes are so darn dry that drinking a lot of water is necessary. It isn't uncommon to see crew members walking in the airport with these bottles nestled on their roll-aboard. Heck, they even make little clip/ring things that can hold these bottles onto your roll-aboard.
Steve will sometimes bring the half-used bottle home with him. Sometimes it makes it into our fridge, but more often than not it stays in his car or on our counter top. Oh, the best is the bottle that stays in the trunk that rolls around with each turn in the road. I don't always know there is a bottle back there, and all the sudden I hear a "thud...roll..roll...thud". Lovely.
Along with these water bottles, we also have a massive collection of ear plugs. You see, a First Officer must do a walk around the airplane before and after a flight. Well, I know they do it for sure after a flight, but I think they do it before as well. Anyway, doing a walk around can be VERY loud. There is plenty of noise on the tarmac, and Steve will always wear hearing protection on the tarmac.
Steve will also plug his one ear during flight that isn't connected to the radio. He will also plug his ears when he is deadheading. ** Disclaimer: Steve, if you are reading this and I am wrong, please let me know. But, I think I remember you telling me about this.** Anyway, pilots are around noise a lot, and I know that Steve does what it takes to preserve his hearing. As a matter of fact, he even wears ear plugs when he mows the lawn.
There is a massive collection of said ear plugs on his dresser. Sometimes I bet there are nearly a dozen packages up there. I ignore them, as they are used and dirty...ewwwww.
Another thing I ignore is the vast collection of folded up paper. For each trip Steve prints out a sheet of paper which shows all the details for his trip: show times, take off times, overnight destinations, crew names, ect. He will jot down numbers on the margins, and I am not sure what those numbers are. He will fold this paper up and put it in his pocket during his trip. These things also accumulate like crazy, and I simply ignore them. Are they important after his trip? Not sure. That is why I ignore them. What I can't ignore are the ones that make it into the wash, then the dryer...what a mess it can make.