"Whenever I get gloomy about the state of the world, I think of the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport". ~Love Actually
Best first line of a movie ever, particularly in light of the previous week's events. It's a reminder that love is all around us, all we have to do is look for it. If there is any shred of anything good that can possibly come out of a tragedy (any kind of tragedy), it is that the rest of us are reminded just how very lucky we are. This quote is also somewhat fitting for me in that in an effort to remain positive, I am looking to good things planned for the future, such as a trip to the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport, as fate would have it.
In my effervescing anticipation, I decided that one of LAM's Christmas presents this year would be a proper carry-on. He has one, and it is nice, but it is actually a rollaboard garment bag and not really properly sized. Invariably, it ends up gate-checked and it is awkward to pack and handle. I hadn't given much thought to what I might replace it with and then I read Maxminimus' famous Tumi rant and ran away screaming from that idea--not that I really needed his help. I have been on company "trips" with the Presidents Club douche rockets who carry the Tumi and bellow into their cell phones upwards of 90 decibals. For us, quality and style are paramount. Generally, we'll pay more for something if we know it will be around forever, or at least a very, very long time and so, the first choice that popped into my gray matter was the Rimowa Topas:
Essentially the same bag, but made of a ballistic polycarbonate. It actually weighs less than its aluminum big brother and looks almost as cool, but as with hard sided cases, it has no external pockets, which can only mean one thing: I will get the pleasure of carrying all of LAM's items that need accessability (wallet, glasses, magazines, etc.) in my tote bag, which will already be too heavy carrying all of my stuff.
Stay positive everyone.