The Zipper Conspiracy
Einstein apparently said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I guess I qualify, for I optimistically keep on buying things with zippers, hoping each time that the zipper will last.
Just about everything I’ve ever owned along the lines of boots, sweaters, fleeces, pants, coats, suitcases, carry-ons, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and briefcases, has been ruined prematurely by zippers.
Think about it. How many items like these have you had to get rid of, not because any other part of the item is shabby or worn, but simply because the zipper has broken?
Just get the zipper replaced? Have you priced that recently? Often the installation of a new zipper can cost more than the amount you paid for the item that the zipper has rendered useless.
In the picture at top I am holding the latest saboteur – the second zipper installed (at considerable cost) on a much-loved fleece. Next time I buy pants I’m going to look for a button fly.
A “straw boss” is defined as “a member of a work crew…who acts as a boss.” [Dictionary.co] The zipper might fall into this category, as it is one of many parts of an item, such as a coat or a suitcase, but it so often controls the item’s destiny. Attached is Straw Boss from my CD Castaway, which reached no. 2 position on HMV Toronto Superstore’s Independent Top 15 Chart. The arrangement is by David Nelson and he and I are on keyboards. Enjoy.