We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Had to buy an emergency Gore-tex rain jacket in Inverness. The old one I brought with me had lost its Gore-tex effect (that happens over time), and it only took an hour of cool drizzle to realize it.
Crazy mixed-up Europeans put jacket zipper-pulls on the left side. I am not well-coordinated enough to manage that easily. It feels awkward and unnatural to put the thing in the slot with my right hand, taking too long fumbling with a darn jacket zipper when I could be falling off a cliff or sliding into mud instead. My Barbour is the same way. I know, First World Problems but guys learn their zipper routines very early in life and they become automatic.
July 14, 2003
An associate of mine recently purchased a leather jacket. Afterward he had difficulty unzipping it and taking it off. Upon closer inspection, we found that the zipper tab was on the left side rather than the right. I am under the impression that a left-side zipper tab denotes a female-style jacket. The sales clerk assured my associate that it was a men’s jacket. Could you please clear up this debate for us? Thanks for your assistance.
A quick survey of the zippered jackets in my closet reveals four with the zipper on the left and two with the zipper on the right. Although I may not be the typical consumer—my collection includes an Hermès, a Gaultier and a classic motorcycle jacket—the fact that I have jackets with zipper tabs on both sides leads me to believe that jackets swing both ways. I found the same diversity among my wife’s jackets, some lefty, some righty. I can’t discover any logic to zipper sidedness. It doesn’t seem to be about nationality. The only consistent gender logic in garment closing seems to be which side the buttons are on. Traditionally, men’s buttons are on the right and women’s are on the left. Supposedly, this is because buttons on the left are easier for breast-feeding mommies. If this sounds absurd, consider the legend that Napoleon switched traffic from the left to the right side of the road to make it harder for horsemen approaching from opposite directions to hack at one another with sabers."
You can reach your saber faster if youre right handed!
Thrift stores often provide great bargains as seasons near ending. Last year, I picked up a great very light blue polo shirt for about $3. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it until I wore it a few times.
A perfectly proportioned -- for me, anyway -- men's large shirt had the buttons on the wrong side.
Steve in Pennsylvania