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Old 08-06-2016, 06:18 PM   #15
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Unless you had to deal with fixing the entire US supply system because they used two digit years.

Took 2 1/2 years of screwing with COBOL and JCL to fix that mess. It will blow up the same way in 50 years....


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Old 08-07-2016, 06:32 AM   #16
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Doug always said that real men carry pocket knives. Period.

He always had one, even when dressed up, the tiny Swiss Army knife would be tucked in a front pocket.

His wallet was in his back pocket, but cash and change were in a front pocket...safe from pick pockets, don'tcha know.

Unless dressed up, a well worn and well used Leatherman was attached to a back pocket.

And, always a clean and neatly folded cloth handkerchief, in a back pocket.

He didn't carry lots of extraneous stuff in his pockets....small and interesting extraneous stuff was for corralling on dresser or desk tops, and small cubbies here and there...where some of them still lay.


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Old 08-07-2016, 07:59 AM   #17
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The real problem is the damn Ford truck key! Mine is a 2015 that's rather fat. It has set off the panic alarm at least once a week. Once it went off in a hospital quiet zone. Another time while I was sitting down in a bar. Yet another time it went off every time I lifted a heavy beam against my hips. I'm about to write the Ford product engineer a nasty letter.

When out and about I carry a " murse " that contains my outdoor things like rain jacket, sweater, sun hat, sun lotion, toilet paper, bottle of water, power bar or two, first aid kit with my personal meds. Airstream key bundle goes in the door of the truck. It's too big for my pockets.

What's the thing about cargo shorts/pants in the news?
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:39 AM   #18
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I'm always out of step...

I can't abide stuff in my pockets; phone, wallet, coins, whatever. The trouble is that they're so darned essential to carry your keys, wallet and the like. Most of the time I keep pocket contents to a minimum and have only a slim wallet, car and house key (that's just two keys, guys) and sometimes a phone (I'm not so important that I have to be available 24/7). My wallet always goes in the front because pick-pocketing wallets from the back is way too easy.

My problem comes when I have to go to work. Essential paperwork (a huge, letter sized book with my driving hours), extra keys, pens and a notebook as well as a couple of small tools all have to be accommodated. There's not a pocket big enough to hold that lot. So, I've gone for the satchel. Big enough for the paperwork and stuff, but still lightweight and, most importantly, a strap to go over my shoulder so I have two hands free.

I'm sufficiently confident in my sexuality to put up with the man-bag, man-purse jibes from both men and women. Last time I looked, how I carried my stuff didn't define anything other than how sensible I was. Practical ideas and fighting gender stereotyping all at the same time, that's how I roll.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:40 AM   #19
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I am suggesting a 'tool box' for men.

A 'purse' or fanny pack for women.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:44 AM   #20
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Maggie has it right. A pocket knife is a necessity. Always sharp. I have carried one since I was 5, when that was the only thing I needed in my pocket. Never a problem in school. The teachers knew I had it and would ask to borrow at times.

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Old 08-07-2016, 11:31 AM   #21
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Maggie has it right. A pocket knife is a necessity. Always sharp. I have carried one since I was 5, when that was the only thing I needed in my pocket.
Yep. Pocketknife and multi-tool. A multi-tool is never the right tool for any job, but it's always better than no tool at all.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:34 PM   #22
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'Improvised' man purse... for man stuff

I believe there is a belt mounted holder for larger pocket knives like the Case XX.

Barb wire fence tool(s) have nice leather holders for your belt. Double as pliers and wire cutters.

Knives, larger than a pocket knife, have mundane to exotic sheaths (up to sword size).

Brunton Compasses have formed belt loop leather cases.

You want to go 100%... a leather tool belt with hammer, pockets for spare change and nails.

Modern youth wear pants that seem to hang around their knees, although no pockets in their boxer shorts. So... where do they stuff necessary stuff? I have looked, but not that close.

Suspenders. Hmmm. Maybe someday, but a belt has more universal uses to attach things.

My wife took a US Mint white canvas 25cent coin bag, took one back pocket material, off a totally worn out pair of Levi Pants... sewed the pants legs into a shoulder strap and made a rock sample bag out of it.

I know... an improvised 'man purse'. It can hold a water bottle, some fruit and snacks. Cannot do that with a 'purse'. Nancy has one for herself but about 50% more bag. I will have to look to see what she needs all the extra space for. I eat and drink what I start off with, and then fill the bag full of shiny rocks and things.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:55 PM   #23
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Suspenders hold older men's pants up very nicely...avoiding the inevitable and unnattractive slide-down-to-rest-just-below-the belly that so often happens.


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Old 08-07-2016, 02:29 PM   #24
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Suspenders hold older men's pants up very nicely...avoiding the inevitable and unnattractive slide-down-to-rest-just-below-the belly that so often happens.


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Haha!

I have taken to wearing suspenders with my jeans over the last few years - it started because I felt that the "look" went with my efforts at being an
"Old timey" clawhammer banjo player!

I do find them great - very comfortable, and no need for the discomfort of a tight belt to hold my pants up, which I like. Seems to be something about getting older whereby I don't like clothing tight on me - even though I only weight in at about 142# !

One downside is that for an authentic look, I only wear the suspenders that need buttons on my pants - as well, they wok a whole lot better than the modern version with the clip on doohickeys.

That means I have to sew six buttons on every new pair of jeans I get as my wife says it is foolish and anyway the denim is too hard to sew!

I use one of those stitching awls with heavy duty waxed thread, originally made I think for sewing up barbed-wire cuts on cows!

As for use of the pockets, I am never without one of the larger versions of the Victorinox Swiss army knife, a 36" zippo tape measure, a fisher space pen,
and a little note book (actually I use extra bank books stolen from our local bank every time I go there!)

Keys, when carried, go on a clip on the belt loop.

Wallet is one of those metal jobs that my wife insists I use since our VISA card got scammed in Florida!

I tore out the little accordian pleated divider out as I can get more cards / ownership papers in without the divider.

I hold the cards inside in a bunch inside with a rubber band so they don't fall out all over when I open the wallet - same with license, ownerships and insurance certs.

Everything I need "Just" fits!

I would like to carry my Leatherman Multitool as well, but I would needs a belt and I just don't think suspenders AND a belt looks right!!!

Maybe a bit odd but it works for me - especially the suspenders with all that junk in my pockets!

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I use one of those stitching awls with heavy duty waxed thread, originally made I think for sewing up barbed-wire cuts on cows!
Nice story, but I think the original use was sailmaking back when sails were made of canvas.
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The very best way to carry credit cards that you don't want scanned— for men and women both— is to place them in an Altoids mints tin. Perfect fit, and completely scan-proof as long as the lid is closed.
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I would like to carry my Leatherman Multitool as well, but I would needs a belt and I just don't think suspenders AND a belt looks right!!!
Not really. Some multi-tools have a clip on the side that can attach to your waistband so you don't need a belt OR a case. Also, it should be possible to thread a suspender through the loops on a Leatherman case; some cases (like the one for my Gerber) allow you to put the case on the belt horizontally or vertically, and that type of case would be perfect for putting on a vertical suspender strap.
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I am 100% with Maggies' Doug and Samb !!! Living on the farm all my life, as well as country school in the 50s and 60s, a good pocket knife was a necessity. Even at church today I had a small scrimshaw 1.25" blade pocket knife. Old habits are hard to break for old farm guys!!! Flying is pretty much the only time I am "knifeless."

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Iowa boys are a lot alike....Doug was born and raised in Washington County.


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Old 08-07-2016, 06:10 PM   #28
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Pockets... Full of necessary 21st Century doo dads

I grew up in South Chicago. Without a knife in your pocket you feel naked....

Nowadays, I carry a rather large Wenger Swiss Army knife unless I'm flying. Then it's in checked baggage.

Yup, McGuyver knife. Fixed a Volvo alternator with it one time, but that's another story.


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