…is how you do everything
My trip to Austria highlighted the fact that my life is very different now than when I was younger.
For one, the only real luggage I have is not one, but two garment bags – the first being the red one I brought all over the world for close to the past 30 years.
Still works great, btw.
The second is in the form of a shoulder bag.
The reason both are garment bags is because, in my youth, couldn’t imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t need a suit, or at least a nice dress shirt, when I traveled.
This time around, I had nonea those things and the rolling garment bag left a lot to be desired.
The Firecracker’s stuff didn’t fit it all that great and there was a lotta wasted space because of how it’s configured.
So, I started looking for luggage.
Jesus christ, are there a lotta options out there.
To narrow things down, I started only looking at luggage that had “YKK” zippers on them because that’s an indicator of quality to me.
What I noticed was that they were, by-and-large, about 20-30% more than luggage that didn’t have – or didn’t state that they had – YKK zippers.
This just supported my decision to buy one from that group because of another saying I like:
How do you do anything is how you do everything.
In other words, if a company cares enough to spend the extra money to use YKK zippers in their luggage, they probably care enough to do other things right and more thoughtfully.
Obviously, like all sayings, there are exceptions to it but it’s generally true, for the most part.
Been telling the kid things like this now that he’s getting older and can understand such things.
And this particular saying is pretty applicable to him because of his personality.
- On the positive side, the kid is relentlessly upbeat and excitable.
- On the negative side, because of his joie de vivre, he tends to rush at things and not really focus when he needs to.
So, I’ve been trying to tell him to slow down, which is hard for a kid like him.
It’s a work in progress.
Me: That was fast. Lemme see…OK, well, you got every single thing wrong here.
Him: What?! I added up everything and checked my answer.
Me: Yes, I see that. Your math is right, but the instructions said round your answer to the nearest 10. You didn’t do that. So, yes, you got all the *math* right in all eight of them, but you got the *answers* wrong in all eight of them.
Him: That’s not fair!
Me: Listen carefully, kid: Life’s not fair. Accept that and your life will be better than most people. Now, slow down. Notice things. If you do that, you’ll be different from most of the world.
Him: What if I don’t wanna be different?
Me: Look, if you’re different, you can be irreplaceable. And if you’re irreplaceable…your life will be better still. And that’s all I want for you. Slow down.
This is the one I got.
I like red.
Location: 18th Street, getting floored because of my dislocated toe
Music: Yeah, I want that red velvet (Spotify)
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