Life’s Little Problems, One Leg at a Time

PantsLike everyone, I put my pants on one leg a time, standing up. I am left handed, left eared, left eyed, and left legged, so I put my left leg in first. It goes in easily, all the way through. The right leg, however, is a problem, especially with my bathing suit that I change into almost every day. I have to hold onto something to get my right leg in, and still my foot gets tangled up as I stumble and hop around. Why is my right leg different?

I tried reversing the legs—put the right leg in first. Expecting the worst, I stood away from the furniture. It felt strange, but it went in easily, and now the left leg was the problem. So there is nothing wrong with my right leg; the problem is with the second leg going in.

Further observation in a mirror uncovered the reason. With the first leg, I hold my pants well out in front, but then balancing on that leg constrains the pants for the second leg. I do not—and cannot—hold the pants out nearly as far, so the second leg has to enter the pants almost vertically. The entry is very different for each leg.

Merely recognizing this solved the problem. I now point my right toe downward and drop my foot vertically into the open pant leg inside of the arm holding the pants. Problem solved. Life is good . . . again.  Now if bending over was not becoming so difficult.  Maybe I should just sit down for all of this.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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