Two of my boys are now ruined.
They are saving allowances and doing extra jobs around the house because they are saving up for Tom Bihn bags. One wants a Black/Iberian Synapse for middle school in the fall... but is concerned that he may need to bring a netbook home from school...so he wants to get something he can snap a Brain Cell (for a netbook?) into--he loves that feature on my EB...turning it upside down and the MBP stays in, nice and safe. He keeps asking about the larger Synapse...several times a day.
My first grader, bless him, saw the Black/Ultraviolet Synapse photos and fell in love. I didn't have the heart to tell him that it was not in production. He has a small allowance, so he will probably change his mind before he saves up enough.
LIke a good parent, I told them I would pay for the shipping.
These two are discussing the virtues of the different fabrics, the color choices, the resale value (in case the Synapse doesn't meet his needs), and what accessories each would like. So funny. Three months ago it was Pokemon. Now they are trying to put things in the different sized pouches to see what each would need for his own bag. All my things are dumped in the bottom of my EB.
One suggested a packing cube backpack as an "inner bag" for library books. Super. $40 library bag...that's a lot of lawn mowing, sweetheart.
They are looking at the zippers on EVERYTHING in the house. "Why did the company use this cheap zipper? Don't they care about the quality?"
Phrases like "compare the craftsmanship" are popping up in everyday conversations. They mock the lesser bags in the house. Prices are measured, "that is 1/10th of a Synapse" or "that's almost three dyneema mini pouches."
One walks around the house with his Tom Bihn wallet attached to his hoodie zipper. He wants to put o-rings in the pockets of his pants.
They are wrecked.
Thanks a lot.