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.