On the left, the Wallace and Gromit mouse mat that, based on photographic evidence, I have had since at least December 2002. I think it was a Christmas or birthday present from “Alex” (via Abi). It is literally crumbling at the edges, and I regularly stab my wrist with the sharp edges of broken plastic.
On the right, a Fnatic Boost Pro Gamer mouse pad that I’m moving to. I’m not a pro gamer and never will be. But Alex was getting a new keyboard from them, and the mouse pads were on sale, so we threw one of them in for me as well. Will it last 16 years as well?
For reference, here is Alex sitting at my desk back in December 2002. Custom-built PC in a heavy steel tower case from QuietPC.com in the background, with a Microsoft mouse resting on the mouse mat. (That was a good mouse. I’ve always liked MS hardware.)