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The Save My Jacket project & more dating follies

October 14th, 2010 at 03:38 am

Guys don't have a thing for fancy clothes, or buying the latest fad, but when they have something they like... they hate to let go. Which leads to my jacket. I have a number of leather jackets, but there is one I have worn religously for years (probably around 10). Its a Wilson's Leather jacket, insulated, and has a removable extra insulated liner. Its a little rough on the edges, but I have used leather shoe touch up dye to make it look nearly like new in the past years. But last year the zipper started to come apart occassionally for no reason, and when I tried it during the first cold snap this month, the zipper wouldn't work right.

Heart broken (ok, maybe thats a bit much) I decided to freecycle it as maybe someone wanted to try to fix it up since it was still nice. I had photos taken ready to post it, but I hated to see it go. Then I looked at the zipper and decided it couldn't be that hard to replace, so I decided to look and see if I could find a replacement zipper. I must say ebay has everything, even zippers, and some were the right length.

Ok, but how do I get it fixed? Time to call in a favor with mom. I have been finding yard sale items for her this year, so we worked a deal. I buy her some replacement machine needles, and we'll try fixing it. I'm looking at a total cost of less than $10 for the fix. Admittedly, I have seen some nice jackets at sales in the $15 - $20 range, but I want MY jacket, as it works just right for me.

As for dating, nothing has been happening, but during a relative's wedding this past weekend I got asked the question of why I have no girlfriend / significant other. It was many hours out of town, in the back woods, so to speak. They said "you're good looking, you own your own home, make good money, nice mannered, ... so what's the deal?" I try to explain the problems with the women round here, how it nothing like where they live, but they think I'm exaggerating. Then today the Wash. Post comes up with a great article about modern dating. I say great, in that shows (inadvertantly) just how deluded some women are in this area. Good god, what attitudes. Anyway... if you'd like to read, go here. The reader comments are especially amusing. This article will be saved for me to take along on my next trip, so they can understand better the attitudes I have to deal with.

4 Responses to “The Save My Jacket project & more dating follies”

  1. baselle Says:

    Try a cobbler or a shoe repair place for your jacket should mom have difficulties. I used one to replace a leather purse strap.

  2. scfr Says:

    I think it's great that you're getting the jacket fixed!

    You could try "prettying it up" with Leather CPR (a cream).

  3. Jerry Says:

    There is just no replacing something that you really like and have a history with... if Mom can get it done, then that leads to a cheap fix, but I'm sure that a shoe repair place can replace that zipper and make it like new without charging an arm and a leg. I had a beautiful leather jacket that I gave to Goodwill when we moved because it had a broken zipper, but I really wish I had kept it! There is no insurance I will be able to get another one like it for less than $350 (and I got it for $25 at a second hand store!). Argh... live and learn.
    Jerry

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I have a purse where the strap is starting to unravel. It was a Christmas gift, and otherwise is fine. I really should take it to a shoe repair place.

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