One Headphone, One Strap

For the past two weeks only one side of my headphone and one strap on my backpack have worked.

It would almost be better if both headphone and backpack broke down completely, forcing me to buy replacements.

But I stick with them, annoyed at my indecision and frugality each day that goes on.

At what point does something become a priority? At what one point does something become a need, especially if the objects half-work and still get the job done.

The tipping point seems to be pain. An overused eardrum and a hurt shoulder will do it. Now it’s just a matter of economics and action to start all over again. Lop-sidedness backlashes with time.