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October 20, 2006

When being lefthanded is an advantage


It happens so infrequently it's worth remarking on.

I went to the bank, the drive-through like always.

I prefer the window right in front of the glassed-in teller, so I can put my stuff in the drawer that slides out instead of into one of those tubes that ride the pneumatic pipe up and back.

Anyhow, today I'd neglected to sign this or that and the teller said a signature was required and pushed the drawer back out along with a pen.

Guess what?

All I had to do was pick up the pen with my left hand and sign.

No need to twist around in my seat, no taking the slip into the car and putting it on something firm โ€” the slide-out drawer was designed for the left-handed scrivener/driver.


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Some of us lefties are semi-ambidexterous, adapting to some tasks right-handedly. Major muscle moves, like swinging a stick at a ball (golf, baseball) come more naturally when performed from the right. But those requiring finer motor skills (handwriting, brain surgery)are best performed from the left.

Sometimes advantageous, like the unique part-time job I had in college, driving a British double decker bus imported by a local hotel for promotional purposes -- football games, tourist excursions, etc. It was operated from the right side with a left-handed manual shift, an ideal fit for my switch-hitter skills.

Posted by: Ron | Oct 21, 2006 2:51:48 PM

Of course, those of us who drive on the correct side of the road in the first place can use our right hands happily.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Oct 20, 2006 3:11:11 PM

Lefties rock! And we're wicked smaht, too.

Posted by: kellyd | Oct 20, 2006 12:45:55 PM

Another lefty here. We ARE the best people, you know. ;^) Glad I grew up in a time when they no longer tried to force left-handers to be right-handed -- or killed them for being in league with the devil.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Oct 20, 2006 10:35:50 AM

Left-handed husband thanks you!

Posted by: laValle Linn | Oct 20, 2006 10:21:51 AM

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