Sunday, October 09, 2005

Only The Best

Last night around 9PM, I decided to head out and get a couple of bagels at H&H and pick up some lox and cream cheese at Citarella. I don't know what possessed me to go out last night other than my craving for a yummy H&H bagel because it was MONSOONING last night. It was the type of night where you're like "Screw it. My feet are gonna be soaked, and so who gives a shit." My umbrella kept the top of my head dry, but that's about it. When I got home, I literally could wring the water out of the bottoms of my designer Helmut Lang jeans (my favorite jeans).

Boy do I miss my old umbrella. Right now, I have a cheapie umbrella that I bought at Rite-Aid. It's so cheesy. One of the umbrella panes has the "I Heart NY" logo. I used to have an umbrella that I loved. I bought it at Hammacher Schlemmer. It had lots of features that made it the best umbrella. I loved the shape of it: it had a nice dome shape versus the spread out shape that most umbrellas have. Also, the handle was this nice wooden hook shape, so I could hang it off my arm when I didn't need it, leaving my hands free to hold my magazine and blackberry or just free in general to wave around. But the best part was the little lever that opened and closed the umbrella as opposed to the traditional blade-like thing on most umbrellas.

Over the years, I would come to lose my precious umbrella, but would always promptly buy a replacement. But a year ago, I left the last one of these (my fifth) that I owned on the BART train when going back to SF after visiting my friend in San Mateo. As soon as I got back to my hotel, I realized what I had done. Well, not to worry. I'll just order another one. Or so I thought.

When I got back to my hotel room, I turned on my laptop and went to Hammacher Schlemmer's site (via MPOnline Mall because I'm a frequent-flyer miles junkie) and went to the umbrellas section. It was gone! I searched frantically for my umbrella, but Hammacher decided to stop selling it. Oh my god. I couldn't believe it. What was I going to do? I then started to search Google for my umbrella and found something similar, but it was something like $100. No way was I gonna pay that. I then wrote an email to Hammacher and BEGGED them to bring my umbrella back or tell me the supplier for that umbrella. Well, of course they didn't tell me the supplier, since most stores won't reveal that. But they did tell me of "another" umbrella they sell. I promptly replied, "If I wanted that umbrella, I would have asked about it."

I eventually came to terms with my loss and accepted that I would never find this umbrella again. It was a one-of-a-kind, I figured. Everytime I thought about losing this umbrella, I'd lament its loss. And last night, in that torrential rain (first rain here in NY in a while), I thought about it again. When I got home, I thought to myself "That's it. I've mourned long enough. I need to replace my old umbrella (too bad I never gave my umbrellas names)." After searching and searching, I found it! Well, it wasn't exactly the same, but very close. Neiman Marcus has a version that's very similar called the Gustbuster Classic. Yay! I'm so happy! I'll have to buy a whole case of Gustbusters.

5 comments:

Jon said...

I'm all about nice accessories, but at this point, i refuse to spend more than 15 bucks on an unbrella. I just buy cheapie Japanese ones from Korean run stores in Flushing. I always lose them, so i've finally learned my lesson

Anonymous said...

Jayne said: Perfect umbrellas are difficult to find and likely worth whatever you want to pay. Interesting that you would sacrifice the auto up/down for manual up/down. Looks like an interesting device. Keep us posted on how it works.

Anonymous said...

Jayne said: You may want to consider:
http://www.hammacher.com/publish/71046.asp
I think it is a close match ...

EM said...

one of the most fun days i ever had involved trashing umbrellas. we had a hurricane-y day when i was living in d.c., and some friends and i decided to go play around the city in it. we found SO many umbrellas that had pooped out and had been abandoned on park benches and beside trash cans (and yes, some in trash cans). so every time we found one we'd open it up and start beating it to a pulp on the pavement. it seemed appropriat at the time.
i am extremely loyal to my bumbershoot. it has ink stains on it, but it's always worked so well and i've had it for almost 10 years. i take it with me every day because florida has sudden storms. my bumbershoot...like a good security blanket...

Jase said...

Saturday was crazy! I don't know what possessed me to go out.. but luckily I had my super ginormous golf umbrella (I even walked two girls to the subway).. I think I'll name it Bob.

Great find though! I hope you two will be very happy together. ;)