Come through! I'll be in Paris from the 22nd - 25th
It has died down a bit. The New Balance-wave hit here as well, along with more people wearing various Nikes and Adidas.
I use an olive Briggs&Riley international carry-on. "Not black", "ballistic nylon" and "wheeled" are the most important words in modern travel, imo. I travel more than a lot of people, and a whole lot less than some others, maybe 8-12 times a year, with a couple of international flights in there. It's not the "I'm on a plane twice a week, every week" type, and it's not the "This is my first time on a plane" type either, but it's enough for me to have become thoroughly tired of air travel, and to earn a few free trips, which I use for leisure.