Colby, I don’t think you have ever met these old friends of mine. The Avia jacket (decked out in 80’s neon) is circa 1988 and my trusty sports walkman is from whenever sports walkmen came out. I ran with the Avia jacket today, though I no longer use the sports walkman (but will never, never throw it away!). These babies have been with me forever, it seems. Either or both have joined me in running over volcanoes in Hawaii, parks in London, the streets of Vienna and alongside the shore of Lake Geneva. If you can count hotel treadmills (darn ski vacations!), they have been with me on runs in every state I have ever visited, with the possible exception of Utah – can’t remember if the hotel had a gym. I love them both and will never get rid of them, even though my sister is completely skeeved out by the fact that I still own the jacket, and even more so by the fact that I still wear it. That said, I looked long and hard to find one to replace it, especially since it no longer has elastic at the wrists and waist. You’d be shocked at how impossible it is to find a simple, one-ply windbreaking running jacket. A few years ago, I decided to stop trying. She’s seen me through a lot, and I’m not giving her up now.