Eat a PITA!

A Little History …

When I was a kid some hundred years ago, Burger King ran a commercial for their newly introduced salad bar and bread pocket, ie, Eat a Pita!

My Midwestern family didn’t take up running with Forrest Gump in the 70’s.  Or go to restaurants to just eat self-serve salad in the 80’s.  Or appreciate corporate fast food’s suggestion we should all eat “pitas”.

Seems the audible similarity between “pita” and “peter” was too much for Midwesterners to handle.  Seriously.

Pitas were short-lived in my Midwestern hometown.  “In town”, Burger King’s salad bar was quickly replaced by soda fountains.

Today, PITA is a “whole” other thing — pun clearly intended.  😉

This blog post will capture my PITA’s, warning readers of the petty annoyances hikers can encounter.  In the best case scenario, readers will tell me I’m an idiot and … tell me how to resolve the difficulty.  Preferably — easily.

Let’s Get Started!  

🎒.  Gregory’s 75L Baltoro zippers are frustratingly difficult to use.  They usually open with just 1 hand ✋🏻 but typically require 2 hands ✋🏻🤚🏻 to close — EVEN IF THE POCKET (etc.) IS EMPTY!

The result?

Like a dog chasing its tail, I chase my hip pockets in circles, furiously attempting to grab the left (or right) hip belt pocket’s front edge with my right (or left) hand … so I can zip it shut with the free hand.

On the upside, I haven’t jerked the pull mechanism off a zipper yet and the zippers rarely — if ever, truly jam.

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