There are just a few things I can’t do without. Items that have been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Perhaps they have formed part of my persona over the years. Or then again, maybe I’m getting old and am totally stuck in my ways.
The first, top, number one and genuinely the thing I just can’t do without are Levi jeans. If I’m not wearing Levi’s I feel inadequate, unfashionable and to be quite honest, uncomfortable in the nether regions. As fashion trends come and go, or in my case been and went, I still go on a hunt for the waist and leg size I know so well.
Second in line is another irreplaceable part of my personality. My Zippo. As smelly and inconvenient as it is, it fits perfectly in my Levi’s fob pocket, and over the years leaves its own special worn and faded area in my jeans. Overfilling from time to time and putting directly in my fob pocket has been a mistake I make from time to time, but the burning sensation in my groin reminds me of how well they work together.
The last item is an odd one. Blundstone boots. A relic from my Australian upbringing, but boots that last, and last. My four pairs work just as well as the day I bought them. My only deep and grave concern is that they have recently stopped production in Tasmania, the home of Blundstone, and they will now be made somewhere in Asia. Maybe my four pairs will last until I drop.
The one thing these three true brands have in common is that they last and last. A rarity nowadays.