Fear of umbrellas? How silly. Is it fear of them turning inside out in a gust of wind? Nahhh. Fear of being poked in the eye by a monster brolly in the street? Nahhh. In my case it is a fear of losing umbrellas which has dogged me. I'm a shocker at leaving umbrellas on buses, in cafes, on park benches and other spots. And it's a fear of one umbrella in particular that has dogged me… until today, that is.
Very stupidly, I bought an expensive umbrella while on holiday in the USA in 2011. And I have never used it. I'm too scared I'll lose it on Day One outside the box. I really am a hopeless umbrella-loser, but as of today I have decided to take a huge risk and start using my high-priced, upmarket brolly – and to hell with the consequences.
|Here I am out in the rain this soggy Tuesday morning,|
christening my brolly while conquering my fears. And I haven't
lost it yet, although I haven't actually left the house with it
yet, either. Let me explain the problem for you…
|There we were, last day in the USA, in San Francisco, and our|
plane didn't leave till late afternoon. So on a morning shopping
expedition, with some leftover US dollars in our pockets we
went shopping, and I paid about $90 for this very nice umbrella.
|And it is nice. It's a Davek (never heard of the|
brand, but that doesn't matter). Inside the box
is a short history of umbrellas and some info
on how cool this upmarket brolly is.
|The strap is thick, stitched leather, the metal clasp very solid.|
The brolly itself isn't featherlight. It has some weight,
courtesy of the sturdy folding metal frame within.
|It comes with a written lifetime guarantee and...|
|… they even provide you with a special Loss Protection Number|
which allows you to purchase a replacement umbrella at half
cost, should you lose your expensive original purchase.
Am I being pessimistic? I don't think so but Pammy's wise counsel is that I am. So, utterly sick and tired of having spent well over $90 on buying cheap, flimsy umbrellas in these last two years, I have decided to put quality to the test… and set myself a challenge.
I plan to go for a walk in the rain later today to test out whether this upmarket brolly made in the Big Apple can handle Sydney in the wet [edit: correction! it says 'New York' on the box, but inside the umbrella a tiny little tag says… you guessed it… 'Made in China'].
I'm pretty sure it will last, as it feels incredibly sturdy, but it will be a minor triumph if I come home with it still in my hand.