Indeed, quite a bit of my day was spent waiting but my time was not entirely wasted, since I did notice something new (to me, at least): patent leather elbow patches on a black hoodie. My first inclination was to categorize them as decorative. But then I mulled the hazards of travel and realized that shiny, water-resistant patches might prove quite utilitarian. I know that I, on more than one occasion, have rested my elbows on an airport bar, only to have them soaked in ale. I believe I might add patches such as these to my traveling jacket and see if they offer protection.