Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The three zip challenge

You may recall a few weeks back that I met up with Marcosy in town so that he could be forced to buy a shirt and I could try on a Superdry jacket that I wanted for my birthday to make sure I could demand request the correct size. Well, lo and behold I got the jacket (a Superdry Blacklabel Technical Windcheater, to be precise) for my birthday, and it's every bit as awesome as I thought it would be.

Well, actually, I'm assuming it's every bit as awesome as I thought it would be, because I actually haven't worn it outside yet. Just as when I get a new pair of shoes (ooo, got some boots for my birthday too, very nice) and I wear them around the house like a pair of expensive slippers for a few weeks, the jacket has effectively become a waterproof, windproof smoking jacket (which again makes me think that I should invest in a cravat).  

Marcosy, however thinks there's another reason for me not wearing it out yet: he thinks I've developed some kind of zip-based phobia due to the fact that when I tried on the jacket, as detailed in the aforementioned post, I got stuck in it. I insist that this was actually a result of one of the zips on the one I tried on being busticated, whereas he thinks it's more to do with the fact that the jacket, which has three layers of zips for extra protection from wind (not that kind, dirty), confuses my tiny mind.

And to settle this, he has challenged me!

OK, not a dual with pistols or anything like that (though I'm pretty sure I could totally take him out if that were the case), but rather a challenge to see if I can do the zips up within a set period of time. Marcosy reckons I (and by 'I' he means 'a normal grown-up') should be able to get them all done up within 45 seconds - and ideally within 30 seconds (based on the fact that anyone putting on a coat to go out with friends in a typical social setting shouldn't really keep everyone waiting for minutes on end while they do their jacket up like a speshul).

I, of course, am rising to the challenge (stop being dirty).

Now, here's the rules agreed by me:

• I will not practice the zipping action beforehand. The action in the following video clip is my first and only attempt. If I win: hurrah! If I lose: my head will be hung in shame.

• I will begin the challenge with the jacket on. My ability to put items of clothing on in the correct manner is not in question, else Sparky Ma would've hauled me up for wearing my pants on my head many years ago. Only the zipping action is being tested.

• I shall record the time using the stopwatch function on my iphone, which will be placed in my direct line of sight.

Are you ready? Can you contain your excitement? Let's do it!!

Gladiators… READY!

PSYCHE!! I am victorious! I have defended my honour and my masculinity!

I shall now be spending the rest of the evening safely ensconced in my jacket watching today's episode of Gilmore Girls.

Um, and some Battlestar Galactica!


CyberPete said...




By the way Tim you've won a really really kool award!

CyberPete said...

Oh and congrats on being able to zip up your jacket. That's not why you won the award though.

It was verrry impressive though.

Tara said...

If Houdini can get out of a straight jacket, I'm sure you can successfully get out of a three-zippered jacket. I was picturing you getting your chin caught in one of those zippers. Ouch. Don't do that, mm kay?

That's a very cool-looking jacket though!

WillowC said...

Oooooooooooooo there's a stopwatch function?

I will probably text you in about 30 seconds once I grow tired of trying to work out the answer for myself.

OK make that 15, I'm not very patient.

(Word verification: precom. Oooo missus!)

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Take That?! Where?

* looks around wildly *

I love the intense concentration displayed on your, umm... mouth, during your challenging ordeal.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Did you know, that on your Facebook widget, intead of saying "Name:" it says "Navn:"?


This is like that time all your sidebar wordage turned foreign.

watch*paint*dry said...

Isn't three zips like wearing two belts?

I would be far too lazy to be doing all the zips up.

Ooh my wordy thing for ths comment is 'clist'!

CyberPete said...

Yay Navn is Name in Danish!

Tim's totally rocking the Danish.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

It's back to plain old English now.

Tim said...

Cyberpete - Um, thanks… what it is with that award anyway?

Tara - Don't worry, no chins were hurt in the making of that video!

Willowc - Yes, there's a stopwatch function.


Tee-hee dirty WV!

Inexplicable Device - There be no Take That here! And stop staring at … me.

Watch*Paint*Dry - But it looks cool. Just go with it. DIRTY WV!

Cyberpete - I am?

Inexplicable Device - You made it up.

CyberPete said...

It's for all the fabulous people (I'm only saying that because I got two obviously)

Well you were rocking the Danish but obviously not anymore.

As for questioning IDVs statement, I saw it too.

ranksubjugation said...

hi, i was thinking of buying one of those, but i cannot find any user reviews online -- is it really windproof? how does it do with water?

Tim said...

Ranksubjugation - Yeah, get one! It's not padded so it's pretty lightweight, but it still manages to keep the wind at bay. It's good with rain too - unless you get caught in a massive downpour, although there's few things that'll help you then!

My only real complaint is that it doesn't have any inside pockets which can be a bit of a pain. On the whole though: awesome.