I meant to try to summarize the most important point he made, and I think it would be: Just smoke the damned things, don't sweat any of it, and don't treat them like fragile glass.
Exactly. I got over that idea fairly quickly. I'm not reckless with it but once it got a couple scuffs and scrapes I really started to relax and enjoy it more. My 12 year old son accidentally knocked it off my work bench into an open drawer full of tools. I was so happy it didn't hit the cement floor and break, I didn't care that it got scuffed up a little. Now that scuff is just a going to be a reminder of him at 12. Like the guy said, it adds character.
You know come to think of it, it's a lot like my wife's car we bought new several years ago. After she drove it a while, well...it's still nice but hey, what's a ding here or a scrape there?