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#1 allergyboy2001

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 05:46 PM

I think we've discussed this before but I'm reviving the topic, since we have new members.

If you carry a handkerchief and are out and about (work, school, etc.), where do you keep it? For example, front pocket, back pocket, bag. Or maybe you have some in a desk drawer at work, or in the car, or...?

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:24 PM

I keep one in my right front pocket, the glove compartment of my car and also because i work away in a truck and i'm away all week, i have a cupboard in my truck where i store my clothes and also lots of hankies.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:43 PM

Thanks, Rick. That might drive me crazy, thinking about all those hankies behind me, just waiting to be used...  :wub:

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:43 PM

right hand trouser pocket ..right hand jacket pocket   if I have one on .. right hand coat pocket

sometimes both right and left if I have a cold ... one in my desk drawer at work and again if i have a cold or sneezy due to other things ..one in the gloce compartment in the car

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:50 PM

Thanks, Hankman. You are well-prepared. As I mentioned in another thread, I carry one in my back right pocket, and a spare in my front right pocket.

Edited by allergyboy2001, 11 September 2011 - 06:50 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

I kept mine in my Cleavage. Sometimes I put it thru my Bracelet at a fancy party or event...

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:40 AM

View PostAlexandra, on Sep 11 2011, 06:54 PM, said:

I kept mine in my Cleavage.

that's....interesting    :D


I keep mine in my back left pocket

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:36 AM

Back right pocket, with a spare in back left or coat / jacket. Occasionally one in car too. When younger used to keep it in front right pocket but didn't like the bulge it sometimes created, plus back pocket storage felt more cool!

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:12 PM

View Postallergyboy2001, on Sep 11 2011, 07:43 PM, said:

Thanks, Rick. That might drive me crazy, thinking about all those hankies behind me, just waiting to be used...  :P

it does abit but they all get used, i rotate them everytime i use them so they all get equal use.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:34 PM

I carry two handkerchiefs. One is in my right hand trousers pocket, folded, for cleaning my glasses. The main handkerchief used for my nose, is unfolded my left hand trouser pocket.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:38 AM

View Postrhinoceros, on Sep 12 2011, 05:36 AM, said:

When younger used to keep it in front right pocket but didn't like the bulge it sometimes created, plus back pocket storage felt more cool!

Interesting. Cool because of influence of peers?

When I was growing up there were also regional differences in the U.S. Almost everyone in the Midwest seemed to keep his handkerchief in one of his back pockets. But for some reason a lot of people from the Northeast would keep them  in their front right pockets.

I'm not sure these regional differences are still so pronounced, now that handkerchief use is less common. Fewer peer influences, and also at least some people are "rediscovering" handkerchief use rather than learning it in childhood and so the location where they carry it is less predictable. Though I think if these re-discoverers are American "hipsters," they prefer the back pockets? *Must plan a trip to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to do research*

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:41 AM

View PostRicksneeze, on Sep 12 2011, 03:12 PM, said:

they all get used, i rotate them everytime i use them so they all get equal use.

I admire your impartial fairness, as I'm sure the handkerchiefs do.  :rolleyes:  Handkerchief justice!

Edited by allergyboy2001, 13 September 2011 - 12:43 AM.


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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:42 AM

View PostKleeny, on Sep 12 2011, 05:34 PM, said:

I carry two handkerchiefs. One is in my right hand trousers pocket, folded, for cleaning my glasses. The main handkerchief used for my nose, is unfolded my left hand trouser pocket.

Does the unfolded one ever get caught up with other things in that pocket? Or is it a dedicated pocket?

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:39 PM

View Postallergyboy2001, on Sep 13 2011, 01:42 AM, said:

View PostKleeny, on Sep 12 2011, 05:34 PM, said:

I carry two handkerchiefs. One is in my right hand trousers pocket, folded, for cleaning my glasses. The main handkerchief used for my nose, is unfolded my left hand trouser pocket.

Does the unfolded one ever get caught up with other things in that pocket? Or is it a dedicated pocket?

I keep my loose change in my unfolded pocket, and my keys in the folded pocket. Recently I have been thinking about swapping the two, as I have become conscious of handing over germ infected coins to cashiers, but having my keys in that pocket feels uncomfortable, I can't explain why.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:51 PM

Ths post got me to thinking, and I posted my last reply, I have swapped hankies. My glasses hankie is now in my left pocket, with my coins, and my nose hankie is in the right hand pocket, with my keys. I am getting used to it. I still have to remember which pocket my nose hankie is in, for a quick sneeze, but so far it feels better and I feel better for not handing over snotty coins.