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Tuesday (Front vs. back pocket -- the great wallet debate) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: August 28, 2012 - 10:02 AM

Some days we are merely conduits of what the people want to talk about. And today, the people want to talk about where  a man should put his wallet.

This is an extension of a fierce Twitter debate between @AaronGleeman and some of his cohorts. They haven't started talking about VORP (Value Over Replacement Pocket) or TAWIP (Theft Average on Wallets In Play), so we feel comfortable commandeering the dialogue for a moment.

Our two cents: For much of our adult life, we had great enthusiasm for the back right pocket when it came to where the wallet should go. But we also had a bad habit of overloading our wallet -- grandpa wallet syndrome -- and so when we would drive, it would often be uncomfortable. The only time we would ever wear it in a front pocket is in a foreign country because FOREIGN PEOPLE ARE SCARY AND MIGHT STEAL IT, whereas people here are honest and would not steal it. This made no sense, but it's still how we rolled.

In June, we switched to a very small wallet for a trip to Ireland, since we wouldn't need many of the things we thought we needed to carry around in everyday life. It was comfortable. It was easy to access. When we came back home, we realized we didn't really need all the things we had been lugging around. We didn't need the corners of some monstrosity digging into our [redacted] when we drove. We started carrying a small wallet in the front right pocket, and we have honestly never been happier.

Where does the cell phone go? Left front, obviously. Where do keys go? They share space in the right front with the wallet. Plenty of room in there, fellas. You shouldn't need more than a few keys on your ring. If you have more, it's really time to reconsider.

Truth be told, right front is also the safest place to keep it in terms of guarding against theft, regardless of whether you are in Bulgaria or Stillwater. Just listen to Glen Perkins.

Feel free to challenge these assumptions or add to them in the comments.

TFD: Finally, a chance to talk NFL draft and lotion at the same time

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated: April 20, 2010 - 4:30 PM

Most days, we could fill up RandBall only with the press release pitches we receive. Sometimes this would be humorous. Other times, it would just get the pitchman (or woman) the product placement he/she desires. In this case, the folks at Vaseline have broken through the wall and will get their message out there ... if only because it's the only time we can ever think of where you will have a chance to simultaneously carry on a sponsored Internet conversation about the NFL draft and lotion. From the release:

Join Michael Strahan and Vaseline® MEN lotion this Sunday after the NFL Draft for a Vaseline® MEN Twitter Party, to celebrate the launch of the brand’s new cooling hydration body lotion, designed specifically for men. You will have a chance to win autographed footballs and product!

On Twitter, Michael will be talking about the draft and give some analysis to what he expects in the upcoming NFL season. It’s a great opportunity to have a Q&A with Michael. We will also be talking to men about quick and easy ways to work out and stay healthy. Vaseline® MEN cooling hydration body lotion is a quick and easy way to take care of your skin every day.

• Date: This Sunday, April 25
• Time: 7 pm – 8 pm EST.
• Where: On Twitter, comment on the #VaselineMEN hashtag
• Who: The teams at Vaseline® (@VaselineBrand), Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) and RocketXL (@rocket_XL) will be joining the conversation.
• What: Tell us about your skin care routine and what you can do in 15 seconds or less

Question 1: Michael, when you were tearing QBs apart, did you feel it helped to properly moisturize your hands?

You might have some other questions, but remember to keep the comments a (somewhat) safe place.


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