...which is to say, Steve made it to London. Some adventures along the way... adventures implicating the mighty bathrobe. A bathrobe, you say? Yep. Story goes like this.
You see, a first class ticket with BA means you get to check 3 bags, and carry on an additional 3. With Air Canada cattle car, you get to check 1 bag and carry on 2. It is $20 extra for the first additional bag, and $100 for the second. Steve had two suitcases, one lap top bag, and one knapsack. By my math, that is four items. I suggested he pay the extra $20 to check one. Nope. Too cheap. He was confident he could check one and carry on 3. OK. I was prepared to watch.
Off he went to security. As he passed through the doors, the guy there stopped him and said, "two bags only!" Duncan and I stayed to watch as steve tried to convince them that his three bags were small and could be turned into two bags. The guy said, "Then do it". So... we watched as Steve tried to force his knapsack into the suitcase. No luck. Nor the laptop bag. So, he started taking items out of the suitcase (including his big white housecoat), to stuff into the knapsack, in order to make room in the suitcase so the laptop bag would fit. He kept trying various combinations as the lineup behind him kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally, one of the women from security came out, took the housecoat he was trying to stuff in the bag, and neatly folded it so it would fit in. With that piece out of the way, and a bit of elbow grease, he succeeded in closing the zipper. Success.
Frankly, I would have just paid the $20, but that is just me. I must say though, I certainly got $20 worth of value watching him through the security gate... particularly when he looked back at me and Duncan standing on the other side of the gate, and said, "You are just loving this, aren't you?" :-) yep......It was also interesting to see that a first class ticket doesn't get you too far in Victoria. When Steve was first checking in, the Air Canada clerk agreed that she could tag his bags right through to London. Steve pointed to his first class boarding pass for British Air, and asked if she had tagged his bag as "priority". She looked right back at him and said, "Well you are not Priority for us." Gotta love that 'customer comes first' attitude! :-)
But... back to the story....I got the call today from Steve saying he had arrived fine. However, it turns out that "fully furnished" does not mean the same thing to brits and canadians. So.... he arrived in London, not having slept for more than a day, having had the adventure of getting to the new house using the tube system (and yes... now he understandings the suffering that can be wrought by an unexpected flight of stairs to be walked in the tube), only to discover that the house had beds, but no sheets, blankets or pillows. And thus, we return to the housecoat. He said it functioned just fine as a blanket for the first night! (he also told me that there was no toilet paper in the house, but I assume the housecoat was not called upon for a second task!)
All hail the mighty houscoat.