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(The Atlantic)   In praise of the left hand   (theatlantic.com) divider line
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2021-04-17 11:19:15 PM  
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Depends on what you're praising, I guess.
 
2021-04-17 11:40:39 PM  
Was that article supposed to be satire?
 
2021-04-18 12:04:48 AM  
'The Stranger'...
 
2021-04-18 12:13:35 AM  
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2021-04-18 12:22:26 AM  
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2021-04-18 12:27:48 AM  
I feel like there are a lot of sinister implications in that article.
 
2021-04-18 12:52:05 AM  

Exluddite: I feel like there are a lot of sinister implications in that article.


not to mention liberal progressive ideology
 
2021-04-18 1:39:42 AM  
You haven't lived until you have to learn to wipe your butt with your non-dominant hand

/Trust me on this one
 
2021-04-18 2:51:00 AM  
Left-Handers' Day is August 13.
 
2021-04-18 2:56:08 AM  
Is it like The Stranger?

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2021-04-18 2:58:44 AM  
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2021-04-18 3:00:40 AM  
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2021-04-18 3:34:36 AM  
 A few years ago I had a serious motorcycle accident. It was my own fault (came in hot to a corner). Anyway, my right, dominant arm was destroyed. Over a series of surgeries, infections, etc it was 9 months that I couldn't use it. So I learned to do to everything with my left hand. Yes, even THAT. The only thing I couldn't master was handwriting.

These days my right arm works, but it's not the same. So I keep using my left one for pretty much everything.
 
2021-04-18 3:56:58 AM  
It runs far deeper than mere motor skills.  My shop and my kitchen are organized according to what makes sense to me as a left-hander.   Because of that I had to learn to never let right-handed people "straighten things up" for me anymore.
They'll put stuff away according to the screwed up logic that THEY use, and they've hidden stuff from me for months just by "helpfully" moving things around.
 
2021-04-18 6:01:54 AM  
I'm a natural left-handed jackoff and natural right-handed everything else. This means something.
 
2021-04-18 6:38:48 AM  

dickfreckle: A few years ago I had a serious motorcycle accident. It was my own fault (came in hot to a corner). Anyway, my right, dominant arm was destroyed. Over a series of surgeries, infections, etc it was 9 months that I couldn't use it. So I learned to do to everything with my left hand. Yes, even THAT. The only thing I couldn't master was handwriting.

These days my right arm works, but it's not the same. So I keep using my left one for pretty much everything.


Same type of thing happened to me 30+ years ago.  I broke my dominant (right) arm so badly the bones almost came through the skin.  One of the two bones (the ulna) didn't heal properly after the first surgery, so I had to have a second 9 months later, complete with bone graft.  My arm was either in a cast or a brace for about 6 months of the full year between the initial accident and when I was finally able to get rid of the brace.  My left arm became and has remained my dominant arm for everything other than things requiring fine motor skills -- writing, using a knife in the kitchen, etc.

Just yesterday I was bringing in groceries and noticed with a bit of amusement that I still carry half a dozen (or more) bags in my left hand while using my right to open the door.  It's the same adaptation I made in the late 80s/early 90s.
 
2021-04-18 7:00:38 AM  
Lords of the Left Hand - Samhain
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/CSB: I'm right handed and I hold a pen funny.  My two brothers are left-handed, and I've been told I hold a pen like a left-handed person.
 
2021-04-18 7:32:02 AM  
As a teen I forced my left hand to learn that or the computer mouse. It figured out that quicker.
 
2021-04-18 7:32:32 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: [YouTube video: Lords of the Left Hand - Samhain]

/CSB: I'm right handed and I hold a pen funny.  My two brothers are left-handed, and I've been told I hold a pen like a left-handed person.


Do you crab your arm around in a big half-circle and write from the top? I have a good friend who did that so he could see what he had written.
 
2021-04-18 8:03:54 AM  
🤔 most guys are in touch with their left hand if they are right handed. Or I could be an outlier 🤔
 
2021-04-18 8:20:49 AM  
Lefty here.
 
2021-04-18 9:01:17 AM  

Flincher: 🤔 most guys are in touch with their left hand if they are right handed. Or I could be an outlier 🤔


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2021-04-18 9:14:43 AM  
 I usually use a lefty circular saw, and no one else seems to know what to do with it. Right handed tools, in other words most tools, have a dust port that conveniently sends the dust into my pockets, not away from me.
I also found some wood rasps that have the teeth set for a left handed stroke.
 
2021-04-18 9:26:12 AM  

qorkfiend: Pants full of macaroni!!: [YouTube video: Lords of the Left Hand - Samhain]

/CSB: I'm right handed and I hold a pen funny.  My two brothers are left-handed, and I've been told I hold a pen like a left-handed person.

Do you crab your arm around in a big half-circle and write from the top? I have a good friend who did that so he could see what he had written.


No, actually when I write my hand is kinda scrunched close to the end of the pen, which means I get more ink smearage and hand cramping than I would if I wrote normally.
 
2021-04-18 9:44:13 AM  
I intentionally use my left hand for many things specifically to thwart a potential disability of my right hand. I had a brief disability of my right hand that required that.

It's really hard. It's like learning how to put on clothes backwards.

That's why I use my left hand as much as possible. You never know. And there's no problem being ambidextrous.

/besides i was already using my left hand for something else
 
2021-04-18 9:54:25 AM  

west.la.lawyer: Exluddite: I feel like there are a lot of sinister implications in that article.

not to mention liberal progressive ideology


left != liberal
 
2021-04-18 11:06:40 AM  

Exluddite: I feel like there are a lot of sinister implications in that article.


As if by an occult hand...
 
2021-04-18 12:11:48 PM  
In hindsight, I'm glad I wasted so much time looking for contra-dextra avenue in my youth. That was much more enjoyable decades later via DOSbox with a zillion copies of my DSK file.
 
2021-04-18 2:39:21 PM  
I'm ambidextrous. Write, shave, brush teeth left. Bat, golf, throw right. Kick, play ping pong either.

I also had a childhood jackhammer stutter that I've (mostly) outgrown. And dyslexia which is somewhat still around. I think there's a name for that combo of characteristics but I don't know what it is.
 
2021-04-18 4:31:14 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: In hindsight, I'm glad I wasted so much time looking for contra-dextra avenue in my youth. That was much more enjoyable decades later via DOSbox with a zillion copies of my DSK file.


TREBOR SUX
 
2021-04-18 5:36:05 PM  
I was getting a sore wrist from mousing all day at work, and then some more at home. So I learned to mouse left-handed at home.
 
2021-04-18 7:20:04 PM  

bingethinker: I was getting a sore wrist from mousing all day at work, and then some more at home. So I learned to mouse left-handed at home.


The proper term for this ability is 'ambimoustrous'.
 
2021-04-18 11:02:15 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You haven't lived until you have to learn to wipe your butt with your non-dominant hand

/Trust me on this one


Tarrant Jr. broke is right collarbone playing rugby. After the first few days of fairly agonizing pain he realized:
1) the incredible dangers of sneezing,
B. wiping with your offhand is astonishingly difficult.
 
2021-04-19 8:05:51 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: dickfreckle: A few years ago I had a serious motorcycle accident. It was my own fault (came in hot to a corner). Anyway, my right, dominant arm was destroyed. Over a series of surgeries, infections, etc it was 9 months that I couldn't use it. So I learned to do to everything with my left hand. Yes, even THAT. The only thing I couldn't master was handwriting.

These days my right arm works, but it's not the same. So I keep using my left one for pretty much everything.

Same type of thing happened to me 30+ years ago.  I broke my dominant (right) arm so badly the bones almost came through the skin.  One of the two bones (the ulna) didn't heal properly after the first surgery, so I had to have a second 9 months later, complete with bone graft.  My arm was either in a cast or a brace for about 6 months of the full year between the initial accident and when I was finally able to get rid of the brace.  My left arm became and has remained my dominant arm for everything other than things requiring fine motor skills -- writing, using a knife in the kitchen, etc.

Just yesterday I was bringing in groceries and noticed with a bit of amusement that I still carry half a dozen (or more) bags in my left hand while using my right to open the door.  It's the same adaptation I made in the late 80s/early 90s.


I also broke both bones in my right arm, and one did come through the skin. I also dislocated my wrist and needed surgery and metal implants to fix the bones in my arm. The saddest part was that I fell off my bike on the sidewalk, but at least i was nearly across the street from the hospital. I did have a newfound respect for my left hand after that, at least until the right healed.
 
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