Dear Gunmetal Zipper,
I know it's not your fault, but I really miss your predecessor, the dubiously flawed black zipper. I didn't mind that its black coating might scratch off. Believe it or not, it's okay for things to show wear. A few scratches on a zipper is like the way ages. It shows history. I liked that.
I liked the way it was sewn inside out, too. I know I could snip off your pull tab to make you less visible, but I'm not going to disassemble my bags to flip the zipper. I can obsess with the best of them but dude...do you know what it's like to try to remove black stitching from black trim? Not going there again(*).
I think I'll take the path of persistence. I email Customer Service every week or so asking about more Navy/UV options. I'll just tack on a comment about zippers. You know it's not personal, right? I just liked it better before you showed up.
Wow...that sounded mean. Sorry. I meant to say that I wish you hadn't come along. Erm, that sounds mean, too. Can I just say that I'm going to wage quiet war against your very existence and pray every night for the strength to destroy your dominion over my TB bags?
Yeah. That's more like how I feel.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
Ps. All you peeps who want to bring back the "Portable Culture" tags - I get where you are coming from. I never understood that line but I know what it feels like when something you like changes in a way you don't like. Let's have a beer and commiserate.
(*) I attempted to remove the waist strap from an old style Side Effect by picking out the seams, pulling out the waist strap pieces, and resewing them. I gave up after doing one side. Too...many...stitches.