Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Kinda/Sorta Personal "Short Shorts" Post


1. The above photo is of that little fifth pocket that's in most pairs of jeans. You know, that weird little pocket-in-a-pocket. But do you know what it's called, and why it's there?

Back in the late 1800s, most men carried a pocket watch, and they usually kept it in either their waistcoat pockets, or their vest pockets. Well, when hard-working cowboys did that -- and keep in mind that there were a lot of cowboys back then, as opposed to now -- the watches tended to get broken. The Levi Strauss company, makers of -- duh! -- Levi's jeans, created that extra pocket specifically for pocket watches, and called it, predictably, a "watch pocket".

Nowadays, not a lot of people carry pocket watches, preferring a wristwatch if they have a watch at all. (I don't. I just use my cell phone when I want to know the time.)

So, what do I use my watch pocket for?

I use my watch pocket to hold a tiny bottle of nitroglycerin tablets, which I've carried with me almost every day since my heart attack four years ago.


What do you use yours for?

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2. And speaking of cell phones, which I was, kinda/sorta...

The above photo of a cell phone looks very much like my own cell phone. In fact, the above photo looks exactly like my cell phone. Same brand, same model, etc.

I've had a few people -- mostly people working for AT&T -- suggest that I upgrade to a better -- in other words, pricier -- model. I'd rather not. I like the one I have.

The only thing about this model that I don't like is that whenever I text or compose an email, I have to hit each key a specified amount of time to get a specific letter. You know the drill, right? Hit the "2" key once for "A", twice for "B", and so on. And if I want to get two letters that are on the same key, I have to pause for a bit so the phone will "know" that I want an "A" (one tap) followed by a "B" (two taps) instead of a "C" (one tap plus two taps equals three taps)! Sheesh!!!

Therefore, words like "baby," "moon," "definition," "sidebar," "money," "ended," "about," "high," and many, many more like those are a nightmare to write!

In fact, the word "nightmare" is a nightmare, too!

So, I always have to proofread my texts and emails to make sure I've paused long enough, otherwise I'll have results like the day I went to add the name "Mark Murphy" to my address book, and hit the "7" key twice, too quickly, when I wanted an "R" and a "P," and came up with "Mark Mushy".

As it happened, when I told Mark about the mistake, he asked me to keep it that way. He has a strange sense of humor. He and I get along well, as you may have guessed.

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3. I'm not really expecting any comments on this post, despite the fact that I asked a question in #1. (Usually when I do that, the question gets ignored.) Having said that, a post which I expect nobody to comment about is invariably the type of post which gets, like, eight million comments! We'll see.

Thanks for your time.

12 comments:

  1. I think that little pocket is now a signature pocket on jeans. I haven't really used it for much of anything. I did, however, know it was for a pocket watch.

    I had a phone like that once, but moved to the iPhone. Mine is an older version, but works fine. I feel there is no need to upgrade at this point in time.

    Have a nice weekend SilverFox!

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    1. Yeah, I don't want to upgrade just to make AT&T richer.

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  2. I sometimes stick a usb stick in that pocket if I think I'll need it. I HATE texting on those phones, not that I like texting much anyway, but they are a pain in the arse. Work just gave me a crummy flip phone. And stupid cellphone company is like "we'll give you 150 bucks off, what a deal" when you have to pay another 30 bucks a month for a stupid phone. No way I pay over 100 bucks a month for some damn phone.

    Here's comment #2, only 7,999,998 to go.

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    1. Well, since I plan to answer each comment, I only need somewhat less than four million from my readers.

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  3. Uh huh! I see what you're doing! Trawling for comments. Well, it worked. Here's comment #3. Oh, and I tend to use my watch pocket for quarters for the laundromat.

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    1. I put my laundry quarters in a prescription bottle (from which I've removed the label, of course). Then I can't fit them in my watch pocket.

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  4. I didn't know that. I don't use the watch pocket. It's too easy for keys or change to pop out of that small space.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. The only thing I have small enough for that pocket is my car key, but it makes taking my smart phone out of the other pocket a hassle. Cue the first world problems. :)

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    1. I have too many keys on my key ring (three) for it to fit in my watch pocket.

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  6. Don't really use that pocket. Too tiny for most things. Carry everything in handbags in one unholy mess anyways, not an intensive pocket user :)

    2 illustrates 'Murphy's Law' in the most deliciously serendipitous way. Or was that deliberate? I resist all gadget changes tooth and nail, but sadly, they still overtake, and overwhelm, me. 3 illustrates something too, only I can't quite put my finger on it.

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    1. I don't automatically resist change (aka "progress"), nor do I have difficulty adapting to new technologies (once I decide I want to, that is). What I do resist is when I feel that I'm being pressured to change just so someone else can make more money!

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