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Post# 426654   6/7/2020 at 23:13 (231 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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and, do you strictly use one dominant hand to vacuum, etc? Or, do you switch it up?

Post# 426674 , Reply# 1   6/8/2020 at 16:00 (230 days old) by RegularRett69 (San Clemente California, USA)        

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I am in fact left handed. I am in a family of 4, and 3/4 of our family is left handed. I like to use my left hand to vacuum while holding the cord in the right to keep the cord from getting damaged, but sometimes I do use my right hand to vacuum and left for cord. Usually when vacuuming in unusual areas.

Post# 426684 , Reply# 2   6/9/2020 at 08:20 (229 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I'm officially left handed but for a lot of things, I'm functionally ambidextrous. I write and hold a fork with my left hand, bat and golf left-handed, but I use hand tools with either hand, depending on how I can get the best leverage. I'm sort of a 'switch hitter' when it comes to vacuuming but I've noticed the L-shaped (PN5 and newer) Electrolux power nozzles don't work well for me because the 'outrigger' seems to be on the wrong side and gets hung up on the legs of furniture. For that reason, I prefer the earlier square power nozzles.

BTW, I am in a perpetual search for a left-handed butter knife!

Post# 426690 , Reply# 3   6/9/2020 at 10:52 (229 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I recently got left-handed scissors

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I never thought that much of them UNTIL i got them. They are great!
My late father was left-handed. He went to a 'prep' school in North Carolina, where they 'switched' him.
My sister and I went to 'convent school', where the sisters WANTED to switch me. my mother insisted they NOT do that. Four off us "lefties" went through 12 years of school together.
I learned how to write in The "Palmer Method". I ended up teaching it. People look at my writing and say, "You HAD to have gone to Catholic school".
I use tools with either hand, can write on the board in school in either hand (drove the kids wild).
But, I lean to the left side of doing things.
Look for those left-handed scissors!!

Post# 426696 , Reply# 4   6/9/2020 at 11:42 (229 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Left handed scissors

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Yeah, my father was born left handed but my grandmother 'switched' him. Late in her life, she told me she was 'probably wrong' to do that but that was the conventional wisdom in the 1930s. My first grade teacher wanted to 'switch' me but my mom and the school principal overruled her. This was considered new and progressive thinking in 1970. Dad's conversion to right-handedness was so thorough that he couldn't teach me how to tie a necktie, not that he had the patience to teach me much of anything. Fortunately, he had a first cousin who was left handed and taught me how to tie a necktie in about a minute.

The first time I realized I was left handed was when I was in kindergarten and got supremely frustrated when I couldn't use conventional scissors with my right hand. I had undiagnosed ADHD at that point, so patience was not in abundance for me back then. I did eventually get some 'lefty' scissors and things were much better but somewhere along the line, I learned to use right-handed scissors and I'm fine, once I get them in the proper hand. Of course, about half the time, I pick them up with my left hand and momentarily wonder why they don't work very well.

Update on the butter knife—After perusing eBay for about the millionth time, I found and bought something I'd never seen before—a butter knife on which the handle is twisted 90 degrees so it's now perpendicular to the blade. Not sure if that was done by the manufacturer or was an 'aftermarket' modification, but it appears to now be equally usable with either hand. It doesn't match any pattern of flatware I own, but I don't give a rip. In this case, functionality reigns supreme. I usually buy butter in tubs and spread it with a table knife but next time I'm at the grocery, I'm buying it in sticks, just so I can try this modified knife out.

For you right-handers who don't understand what I'm on about, take a close look at your butter knife. Most likely, the blade is asymmetrical and offset from the handle. These two design elements together make most butter knives next to impossible for left handed use. Ever since I was an adolescent, it was quite apparent to me that either eliminating the offset and/or making the blade symmetrical would alleviate the problem.

Post# 426700 , Reply# 5   6/9/2020 at 12:31 (229 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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My father suffered his whole life with that 'switch'. He'd try to teach me how to replace light switched... screwdrivers, hammers, tools in general were frustrating for him.
Now, it is UNLAWFUL to 'switch' kids. I know the parents of lefties were very grateful that I taught their kids. I even taught several of the boys how to tie their ties, much to the relief of their right-handed parents.
When I was a music teacher, I taught "sign language" to a lot of kids. THAT was an ordeal... mirroring EVERYTHING for "them" to sign in s right-handed world.
Being a leftie helps, however, playing jazz on a piano. That 'boogie woogie'' (8 to the bar) is much easier for 'us'.
Did you know, that I NEVER use my first name. But, it is Edgar also? Spelled with an a.
But, I'm never called by that name. hmmmmmm

Post# 426705 , Reply# 6   6/9/2020 at 13:43 (229 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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My dad suffered a stroke in the fall of 2017 and was paralyzed on his right side for the last few months of his life. I used to tease him that the time had come for him to reclaim his natural left-handedness.

I've been momentarily obsessed by these twist handled butter knives. There are actually quite a few of them listed on eBay. Judging from the dates given in a lot of the listings, they were popular beginning in the mid-1840s (The one I bought is dated 1883) but they had fallen from favor by 1920. I'm guessing mass production might have had something to do with that. Most were made by one manufacturer, Wm A Rogers & Sons. It just makes me wonder if William Rogers was left handed. Some appear obviously to have been cast flat, then heated and twisted, while others appear to have been cast with a perpendicular handle.

Post# 428184 , Reply# 7   7/5/2020 at 10:00 (203 days old) by OldSuck (Houston, Texas )        

I’ve always noticed redheads have a higher percentage of left-handedness.
I’m curious to see if any of you have red/auburn/strawberry hair, while we’re on the subject. 🤔

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Post# 428195 , Reply# 8   7/5/2020 at 14:25 (203 days old) by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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I am left handed and it is a major burden. As an accountant over the years I have had jobs where we still used three on a page handwritten checks in a binder. I was constantly having to pull the pages out because filling in the stuff was a pain the a**. Or writing in a spiral notebook. Don't ask me to drive a stick. I can do it but it's not the best. I think I would do well in countries like
Australia where the cars are opposite to US.

I do however vacuum mostly with my left. On occasion with my right. Maybe if I'm trying to vacuum in between the chairs or tables and the angle I'm standing at.

Just a few things to begin with. LOL

Post# 429314 , Reply# 9   7/31/2020 at 09:10 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Judy Garland and Jackie Kennedy

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were lefties, as is Bill
Clinton and Barack Obama.
I did a study on left-handedness. It's said that a lot of 'creative' people are lefties. Michelangelo was too. Kinda talented, don't you think?

Post# 429497 , Reply# 10   8/4/2020 at 13:24 by electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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I was born a Lefty, and still (apparently) am as it is my dominant hand. I have tried in the past to be ambidextrous with not so much in the way of luck. I can write with my right hand it is just rather sloppy. What is weird though is that although I am left handed my Dominant foot is my right.

Post# 429524 , Reply# 11   8/4/2020 at 22:30 by Kirbysthebest (Midwest)        
I was a lefty now I'm a trans - righty

I remember when I started kindergarten at age four, and my teacher hitting me on the head with a pencil and grabbing the crayon, or whatever out of my left hand and slapping it into the right. She told me if I kept using my left hand she would tie it behind my back. You see left handers were believed to be not as intelligent as their rights counterparts. Actually it was the test bias that make it that way.

The result, I am left eyed, left footed, but write with my right hand. I couldn't write worth anything until a fourth grade teacher worked with me on my penmanship.

Ahhh the 60s

Post# 429540 , Reply# 12   8/5/2020 at 10:59 by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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Some things I'm better left handed but I write with my right hand, I couldn't tell you what all I can do with both hands.
I've though vacuumed with my left hand many times.

Post# 429917 , Reply# 13   8/13/2020 at 09:41 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
National Left Handers' Day...

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So I read in an email newsletter I receive that today is National Left Handers' Day. I didn't know there was such a thing but since there is, I'll wish y'all a happy one.

Post# 429924 , Reply# 14   8/13/2020 at 10:51 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Then, I must use

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my left-handed scissors today. Can you imagine a special day? For Us??? lolol
Well, perhaps it should be a national holiday??!!??!! kidding.
Pres Obama, Judy Garland, Jackie Kennedy, Michelangelo ... all lefties.

When I taught in elementary school, I once taught the entire 8th grad boys how to tie a tie. Of course, even the righties know only could tie their ties the left-handed way. But, they looked great!

Post# 430551 , Reply# 15   8/24/2020 at 17:15 by anthony (leeds uk)        
over here

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in the Uk [North] if your left handed your called a cuddywhifter .I have no idea why

Post# 430574 , Reply# 16   8/24/2020 at 22:42 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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kinky. lololol

Post# 430599 , Reply# 17   8/25/2020 at 10:07 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
some over here refer to us as

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"south paws". I've been called worse. A lot worse, lolo.

Post# 430623 , Reply# 18   8/25/2020 at 15:23 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Yes, and the words 'sinister' and 'gauche' both mean left-handed.

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