I have a lot on my mind about this topic, and this is the first time I've had a chance to get it out. I'll try to keep it as short as I can, but be
prepared to read or skip.
I'm lefty. That is established.
I have several lefty friends. Of the two females, one is bi, another is questionable but has had boyfriends, so she appears straight. Of the two lefty
guys I know, one is just straight, another is uber-straight, putanero. I too am straight, not a pimp, but I like my women female. My best friend is
righty and happens to be gay. No connection there.
I've had above-average grades all of my life (though I've been slacking off lately so I can enjoy my life and learn mostly just what I want/ need
to). My lefty friends are smart, and I know of a lot of idiot righties. No connection there either.
As for my handwriting, I went to a Catholic school up until the end of 6th grade. They didn't force me to go righty, and I learned just like everyone
else, only slanted the other way. Cursive, ya? I've been told that I have very good handwriting by peers, teachers, parents, relatives, whoever.
That's cursive, my regular handwriting isn't as good, still decent, and I write in cursive still anyway. That seems to end that argument, too.
Sports? I have a disability there
it seems that with sports and even some videogames, I can learn up to a certain point, but then I just stop-
I don't get better. In other words, I can do almost anything, but only half as good. I'm also a switch-hitter for golf and baseball, as well as a
righty kicker, but I play tennis lefty. I guess I drive righty too... but there's not much you can do about that. Kinda good, though, because I can
keep my left hand on the wheel while shifting with the right. Heh, I can do -other things- righty too
My friends always say stuff like "You're just lefty so we feel sorry for you. Bullsh-t." It's amusing, but you never know when one of them is
I think we should file a lawsuit against everyone. Colleges, computer companies, car companies, roads, gun companies, office supplies... suppliers.
How many lefties have had to use mice that were designed to fit the hand of a righty? After years of this, eventually someone's going to get
arthritus or carpal tunnel. Saitek makes joysticks that can be adjusted for either right or left handers. I got one and my friend broke it. Arg. I
have to change the mouse settings every time I log in on the school network. Then I have to move the mouse and pad. Geeze. We deserve to drive on the
left side of the road, just because we're oriented to the left. How many of you have tried to shoot someone only to find that the gun is
ergonomically fit for righties? Right-handed scissors HURT. And don't even try right-handed staples! Seriously though, it's all about computers
these days - businesses and schools should be required to have ambidextrous mice just as they have to have handicapped access.
I believe that if blacks and gays and hispanics and women [read: minorities] can get into college easier and get preference for jobs based on absurd
quotas, then we -the left-handed minority- should get this same opportunity. We are not only a minority, but we're disabled too. We have to use
special or ambidextrous mice and can't write in pencil without smudging it. We're descriminated against in favor of the right-handed majority.
No, I'm not going to start protests. No, I'm not uber-serious. But yes, I am half serious about this. We're just as much a minority as all the
other minorities, as well as disabled more than socially.
And I'm colorblind too, as is one of my lefty friends, how about you? (Ugh, feel sorry for me!
[heh, and sorry for wasting your time if you read all this, and sorry to anyone I may have offended]
[edit on 21-1-2005 by SmileyMan34]