Returning to Salt Lake City today really brought home the necessity of zippers! Prior to embarking on the trip to TAMU, I had purchased a very professional appearing but fashionable briefcase to handle my laptop computer and my in-flight electronics. One trip on a flight and I discovered that the lack of zippers on two of the compartments of this brief was a terrible flaw. Tucked in under the seat in front of me, several items would come sliding out during the take-off or landing. The only way to prevent this was to keep it poised between my feet . . . awkward to say the least. Why did I become influenced by the feel of the soft but fake leather and the turquoise lining. Several years ago I had flown using a Land's End tote without a zipper and soon it landed in the bin of has been bags and luggage. Although this brief looks very nice, it will not be making the trip to China. It will be nice for meetings in Utah, so I won't retire it completely. The challenge will now be to find the perfect brief to carry my electronics safely and efficiently.
Dr. Linda Ralston (alias UTourDoctor) teaches at the University of Utah in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Check out my other blogs: