Steve and I met in 1999.
Steve also met the other love of his life in 1999...meet TravelPro:
I swear, Steve will-not-let-this-damn-thing-go! Yes, pilots are cheap, but this isn't a money issue. He is totally attached to this thing, for some odd reason. He was also attached to his old car, his first car, until a 200 mile tow finally brought some sense to him. After he got a new car, which was the same make just a newer year, he kept saying "I don't know why I waited this long. I am sure he will have the same remarks with this situation too!
It is a TravelPro, and it is a good roll-aboard. I love TravelPro, and am totally brand loyal to them. But, it is 12-years-old, has rolled over hundreds and hundreds of miles and NO suitcase is meant to go that long. Steve has pretty much repaired or replaced every part on this thing, but still will-not-let-it-go.
The latest suitcase injury has something to do with the area that holds the hook for his flight case.
All he has to do is reinforce it with a couple screws, blah blah blah. He was explaining it to me and I was just giving him a blank stare.
"Joanna, you just don't get it" he told me.
My reply, "No. I really don't". And that is the truth, I really don't understand why he won't fork over $150 a get a damn new suitcase. His old excuse was that the suitcase would fit into the closets on the old-gens. Well, guess what, no more old-gens. So, no more excuses, if you ask me!
We were having this discussion while he was packing MY roll-aboard for a trip. There is so more room in it, plus it works perfectly...no repair jobs, no replacement anything.
He then started to get on a tangent about how pilots pack for trips, and how he considers himself "middle of the road." While some guys, one in particular, has a bag so full that Steve can't even fit his suitcase next to it in the storage closet. And then there are guys who basically bring 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, probably 3 undershirts, and one extra outfit. Steve isn't that stingy, nor does he go crazy....he is somewhere in the middle, I guess.
Oh, and then he goes in on how Ben can use his (old, broken) suitcase for himself. "This is a good suitcase. If Ben uses it every once in a while, it will be able to handle it." Ugh...this suitcase saga may never end...
I will be sure to keep you updated on the suitcase repair.