What Has It Got In Its Pockets? - My Love Of Pockets!
Well what has it got in it's pockets?
"What has it got in its pockets?" are the famous words of Gollum in The Hobbit, suspicious of what Bilbo Baggins had got hold of.
This article isn't about him, but it is about pockets!
Ask my wife, and she will tell you that I love pockets.
Big pockets, little pockets, pockets with zippers, pockets with Velcro.
Well, just about any pockets, particularly when there's lots of them.
Except pockets with buttons: yuck!
...and no, I'm not a kleptomaniac before you ask!
So without further ado...
Picture courtesy of Dvortygirl, creative commons license, Wikimedia Commons.
I don't really like winter, unless there's snow.
And even if there is snow, the thing I really hate about winter is that it's cold.
However, there's one thing that is good about winter and that is that I get to wear my winter coat ...and my winter coat has pockets for everything!
When it comes to clothing, I don't follow fashion.
What I really want is something functional and that means lots of pockets and BIG pockets.
My coat has two massive outside pockets I can put my winter hat and gloves in, plus my glasses and sunglasses for driving.
Of course, I can put my hands in those pockets if they're cold and I can't be bothered to put my gloves on.
But it doesn't end there!
It also has a big inside pocket where I can put other items that don't fit anywhere else: things I want to keep on my person but don't want to put in my messenger bag (see below).
There is one special hidden pocket where I can keep my wallet, phone and iPod (not telling!)
There is even a special pocket where I can tidy away the hood if I'm sure it's not going to rain ...and in England in the winter, you can guess how often in use that one.
Pants for the music
In summer, I wear a lighter jacket instead of a coat.
This means I don't have access to lots of pockets (boo hoo!)
But then when it's really hot I can put on some cargo trousers.
These are great because (yes, you guessed it), they have lots and lots of pockets!
As well, as the usual ones at the top, there are usually pockets further down the legs as well as different shaped pockets.
This allows you to put wallets, pens, pencils, iPods and other things around your person in a reasonably secure way.
It also means you can do this without having to get one of those hideous "tourist" bags you strap to your waist!
Cargo Trousers/Pants Have Pockets!
When it comes back to Spring and Summer, I have several pairs of Cargo Trousers.
(Ok, So They're Called Cargo Pants In The US. I'm British, ok?)
Cargo pants = pockets, in this case pockets for men!
...and of course, pockets for women too!
Why lug a big bag round with you, when you can keep everything around you?
(Messenger) Bags with Pockets!
I used to take a "business case" to work with me.
You know the sort: hard outer shell, opens on a hinge and has lockable 'clips' on the front.
However, I got so fed up with these because:
- The handle made it awkward to carry
- The hinges got lose (so you have the delight of the lid slamming down on your fingers every few minutes
- There were only two or three pockets to put anything in
Then I discovered Messenger Bags.
- Handles and a shoulder strap
- Nice, soft openings and proper clips/buckles
- and best of all lots of pockets!
Here are some example messenger bags on Amazon.
Dark brown, with a shoulder strap - if you're feeling kind of retro.
Lots of pockets and compartments in this one!
Pockets and Eco-friendliness in one package!
Feel like a 'proper' messenger ... or pretend to be a WW2 spy.
Do you want to know more about pockets?
There are some unlikely things you can find on the net and yes, even about pockets!
- A history of pockets - Victoria and Albert Museum
A brief history of pockets and the different styles between men and women. Also describes the valuables and objects kept in pockets, purchasing pockets and how pockets have gone out of fashion.
- What Has It Got In Its Pocketses?
Gollums facebook page!
- Riddles in the Dark - the Lost Version
Website explaining the precise differences between the original (1937) and updated version of The Hobbit. It seems that J.R.R. Tolkien went back and edited it after Lord of the Rings was published...
The Tenuous Link
It's time for the tenuous link for this article!
I love pockets, but did you know there is an application called "Pocket"?
Well, here it is (and it's actually useful too)!
"When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket."
I keep my keys for the house, car and work in one jeans pocket.
Then I have small change and tissues in the other.
If I'm wearing a jumper with pockets I tend to put my iPod in one of them so I can grab it whenever a new task or idea comes into my head!
But what have you got in your pockets?
Tell us then, precious!