A Pocket History of Milton J. Wurtleburtle

by Brett & Kate McKay on January 13, 2010 · 117 comments

in Accessories, Dress & Grooming

As we’ve discussed before, you can tell a lot about a man from what he keeps in his pockets. And you can tell a man’s whole life history from how those contents change over time. At least that was the premise of a piece that appeared in a 1933 issue of Esquire Magazine. Enjoy.

A Pocket History of Milton J. Wurtleburtle

By: Robert D. Abrahams

Contents of His Pockets at Ten

1 watch, lacking a main spring.
1 report card, badly frayed and unpresented at home.
1 much damaged cigarette, unsmoked.
1 penknife.
1 rubber band, for use in sling-shot.
Remains of an exploded toy balloon.
2 marbles.
4 caps of milk bottles, won in competition
1 dirty handkerchief.
1 piece of chewing gum.
2 keys which do not fit locks.
7 pieces of string.

Contents of His Pockets at Twenty

1 cheap watch
1 one dollar bill and twenty-one cents in change.
1 letter on lavender stationery from a girl in Worcester, Massachusetts, signed with numerous “X’s.”
1 letter on mauve stationery from a girl in Cleveland, Ohio, signed with numerous “X’s.”
1 photograph of a beautiful girl who does not live in Worcester, Massachusetts or Cleveland, Ohio.
1 address book, containing nicknames and addresses only.
1 letter from the Dean of …….College, regretting the necessity of again calling attention to his deficiencies.
1 bank book, showing balance of $4.20.
1 pipe, marked with college class numerals.
1 tobacco pouch.
1 key to his own door.
1 fancy handkerchief for coat pocket.
1 pocket comb.

Contents of His Pockets at Thirty

1 gold watch with jeweled movements
1 roll of bills containing $84.00.
1 practical handkerchief and one fancy handkerchief in coat pocket.
The same picture of Mrs. Milton J. Wurtleburtle and both the children.
Membership card in Elks, Moose and nine other fraternal orders and clubs.
1 accountant’s statement of business of Milton J. Wurtleburtle & Co., showing net worth of business now high
1 letter from Jake Hesser from Colorado, saying Wurtleburtle can expect to hear great news from that mining proposition soon; all that is needed is capital.
1 circular, advertising hair restorer.
1 memorandum from wife to stop and buy new goldfish, the old ones having died.
1 bill from summer camp for children’s stay.
2 ten-cent cigars.
Several keys on ring, opening-
(a) his home door
(b) his office door
(d) his automobile tire lock and
(d) his safe deposit box

Contents of His Pockets at Fifty

1 watch, inscribed “To the Chief from Affectionate Employees of Milton J. Wurtleburtle & Company, on the Occasion of His 50th Birthday.”
1 roll of bills, held together with rubber band.
2 silk handkerchiefs and one for display.
1 picture of son in cap and gown.
1 picture of daughter in riding habit.
1 letter from son, asking for a little more money this month.
1 letter from daughter, saying she will be home after attending only four more out-of-town horse shows.
1 statement of accountant showing Milton J. Wurtleburtle & Co. has very large net worth this year.
1 spectacle case containing a pair of reading glasses.
Life membership cards of twenty-two different fraternal orders and clubs.
Letters from receivers of Colorado-Hesser Mines, Inc., stating it is doubtful whether stockholders will receive anything from wind-up of concern.
2 quarter cigars.
Numerous keys on ring, including-
(a) key to home door
(b) key to office door
(c) key to safe deposit box
(d) key to country club locker

Contents of His Pockets at 60

1 watch, inscribed as before, containing, in case, picture of three grandchildren.
1 roll of bills as before.
1 practical handkerchief.
7 additional pictures of three grandchildren.
1 letter confirming reservations for “Around the World Cruise” for Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Wurtleburtle.
1 copy of tentative president’s report for submission to stockholders of Milton J. Wurtleburtle & Co., Inc., showing large dividends earned during the year.
1 bottle of liver pills.
1 spectacle case containing bifocal glasses.
1 recipe for cocktail, written by a friend.
Several keys on a ring, opening:
(a) his home door.
(b) his office door.
(c) his safe deposit box.

Contents of His Pockets at Seventy

1 watch, inscribed as before, containing, in case, picture of Mrs. Milton J. Wurtleburtle.
Roll of bills as before.
1 dirty handkerchief.
1 spectacle case with glasses and one spectacle case with magnifying glasses.
Letters from three grandchildren from three different colleges, thanking him for Christmas presents.
Letter from Edenwood Cemetery, acknowledging receipt of check for perpetual care of Mrs. Milton J. Wurtleburtle’s lot.
Letter of praise from Board of Directors of Milton J. Wurtleburtle & Co., Inc., on occasion of his retirement from active business.
Notice to report for jury service.
1 newspaper clipping, concerning grandsons playing as substitute end for Princeton.
Two keys on ring, opening-
(a) his home door.
(b) his safe deposit box.

Contents of His Pockets at 80

1 handkerchief in coat pocket carefully folded and placed there by the undertaker.

{ 117 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Daniel Bedolla January 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

It’s pretty great how what’s in your pockets says so much about you. It makes me feel like I have no character because I carry so few things. Oh well :)

2 Aaron January 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm

WOW!

3 ted January 14, 2010 at 12:12 am

I have at 30…

1 wallet
1 60 sheet memo book for writing down notes,lists,ideas,etc…
1 clean handkercheif
1 pocket knife
1 cell phone
1

4 Paul January 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

Saw that coming at the end there. Great post.

5 José January 14, 2010 at 1:12 am

I have at 20…
1 wallet
sunglasses
gloves
my father’s pocket knife
a cellphone
tobacco, filters, and rolling pappers
3 ten-sided dice
keys, including house keys, and two large brass keys I found in the woods
2 lighters
1 box of matches
moleskine and pen
3 thumb drives
1 cell phone charger
1 bottle of water
1 wallet

6 Hunter January 14, 2010 at 1:33 am

At 22:

One Wallet, leather, soft from wear.
One Cellphone, mismatched color battery
Keys on a belt loop, with vintage High-Life opener
One fountain pen, Celluloid, with custom color ink
One boy scout knife, well used

I’d say I travel light.

7 tudza January 14, 2010 at 1:39 am

So between 10 and 20 he stopped carrying a pocket knife? What’s up with that?

8 DustinB January 14, 2010 at 1:43 am

at 28
1 wallet
1 gentleman’s pocketknife (3 blade Scheffield)
1 very worn and loved tacticle folder
1 leatherman skele-tool multi-tool
1 tube of Chap-stik
1 length of 550 line measuring about 3ft
2 dollars in change, mostly quarters
1 tin of Altoid mints
1 Pilot V7 black pen
1 pocket sized note book
1 sharpening stone
1 pair of nail clippers, small key ring sized type
and a piece of stainless steel with 03-11-09 stamped on it to remind me that sometimes the right thing to do, hurts like Hell.

9 Treb January 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

You guys are going to end up with bad backs sitting on all this junk!
Not to mention stretching your trousers…

At 25: wallet, keys (3), cell phone.

My backpack (which is with me most days) is another story.

PS. looking at the ages/demographic of the this site so far impresses me, we are hopefully looking at an outstanding generation of male role models. I would be intrested to see a poll of the age groups who read this site.

10 Christopher Arroyo January 14, 2010 at 4:06 am

At 21 (and that was just 7 days ago)

1 Wallet with a reciept from a bargain store (bought frames for photos)
1ATM Card, California Driver’s License, and Work ID
1 Pocket knife
1 cellphone
3 keys: front and back door of Parent’s home, motorcycle
1 mp3 player

11 Graham Hutson January 14, 2010 at 7:21 am

What’s the deal with all these knives? How often do you really need a knife in this day and age?

At 38:
In my pocket:

Blackberry
Wallet, containing a few business cards
Cash in a separate pocket
Keys, with bottle opener on them
Train pass

In the bag:
Cologne sample
How not to run a club book
That Norwegian hand cream stuff
Waitrose ‘bag for life’ grocery bag
Blister plasters
Olbas oil tissues
Beanie
Scarf
Gloves

http://www.openzedoor.blogspot.com

12 Sergant January 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

At 33:
Trousers pockets:
Cellphone
some cash bills
refillable (originally some other perfume sample) small container with Old Spice

suit jacket pockets:
pocket square
practical hanky
a comb
a Parker Sonnet II fountain pen

Jacket:
digital camera
keys (home, car) with a knife on the same ring
glasses cleaning cloth
some coins

Just for your information.

13 Inkster January 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

At work I keep a cheap pocketknife on hand because I go through them so quickly. Away from work I carry an “old timer”. I’ve rarely used the old timer, but after seeing my father and both grandfathers carry one at all times I got it in my head that the proper thing for a man to do is to have a knife on him.

14 Drake January 14, 2010 at 8:33 am

24
Phone

(Pants)
Keys
-Home
-Office
-Auto
Card Holder
-Drivers License
-Health Insurance Card
-2 Credit Cards

(Coat)
Gloves (Deerskin with Ragg Woll Liners from father)
Book – Picture of Dorian Gray

15 Joseph Kellogg January 14, 2010 at 8:34 am

It sounds to me like cheating to have all of those letters in there. That takes all the imagination out of figuring out where he’s been.

16 Dan January 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

At 20-
1 keyring, with house, car, and parent’s house keys (all the others are old, and I’ve long forgotten what they unlock)
1 wallet, thin.
1 cell phone
1 pouch of tobacco, with papers

Not bad. Although, that’s not counting my backpack, which I carry things like pens, etc. in.

17 Matt January 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

At work/ age 23
2 razor blades, folding
2 pens, pilot, v7
1 Marker, sharpie
1 Set gloves, working
1 I.D., Military
1 Card, debit
1 Notebook, thin, black, graph paper
1 Notebook, waterproof, spiral
2 Pin pullers, one red, one green – for work
1 zip tie, black,
1 tube, lip balm
1 lighter
1 keyring, including multiple keys, and flashlight
1 mp3 player

18 Reverend Cowboy January 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

Seeing the references to fraternal orders like Elks and Moose lodges makes me think AoM should write something up about the relative and objective manliness of fraternal orders– it’s a shame to think something that’s influenced so many men in England and America hasn’t been mentioned before now on this site.

19 Rick M January 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

AT 37

Black Berry with “Dont Panic” written on the sheath in large friendly letters
Leatherman Multi-tool
Well worn fossil leather wallet
-Drivers license
-Debit Card
-Insurance card
-Sons school picure
-Picture of wife when we were engaged
-$20.00 in small bills (always have that amount in my pocket since I was 20)
Pocket watch with inscription “Rick Thank you 6/28/08)
Key ring with car, house and gym FOB

20 Mike January 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

Judging by the comments I guess I travel fairly lite.

At age 39 I typically carry

Money clip with a small amount of cash
around $1.50 in coins
The money clip has a small blade so it also doubles as a pocket knife.
A thin wallet (drivers license, credit cards, Ins. cards) No photos
USB memory stick
chapstick
Keys (house and car)
cell phone

and on most days I usually have a pair of sunglasses close by

21 grant January 14, 2010 at 9:18 am

Age: 29

Filson Security Wallet
- NC Drivers License
- Credit Card
- Bank Card
- ID

Keys
- remote
- car key
- 2 house keys
- rental property house key
- parents house key

Burt’s Bees

Cell phone

22 Kevin January 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

At 26:
Wallet
Cellphone
Pocket Knife
Sunglasses & Case
Watch

At work, all of the above plus:
Flashlight
Leatherman
Rescue Hook Knife
Note Pad
Pen
Pencil

To the gentleman who asked “What’s with all the knives?” I use mine just about every day: opening packages, removing cable ties, trimming loose threads, threatening unruly copilots, the list really is endless.

23 Bobm January 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

Age: 48
Key ring with keys to house, car, garage, lock box and Mothers house.
Pen knife of unknown age, selected carefully from an antique shop.
Hand made prayer beads.
Wallet containing, insurance card, license, family photo, library card, credit card.
1 Fresh Handkerchief.
Reading glasses.

Unlike Milton J. Wurtleburtle, I have no great wealth but I am rich in love.

24 Brucifer January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

Graham, my dear chap, what a charmed life you must lead if you’ve never had occasion for use of a pocketknife “in this day and age.” I dare say, many of us use them constantly. Why, I’ve carried a pocket knife literally ever since I’ve been old enough to actually have pockets. As otherwise sophisticated and urbane as you seem Sirah, a small elegant pocketknife should forthwith be obtained to complement your attire. Kindly watch so as to not spill your cologne sample nor your “Norwegian hand cream stuff” on the implement though. It could rust the blade.

25 Mark January 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

Age 27

Pockets:
- Wallet containing credit cards, library card, insurance card, driver’s license, and photo of wife
- Keys
- Cell Phone
- Chapstick
- 2 or 3 receipts
- Around $5 in cash

Bag:
- Laptop
- Sketchbook
- Several legal pads
- Portable hard drive
- Latest issues of Backpacker and National Geographic magazines
- Pens, pencils, and a Sharpie

26 Skot January 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

At 25:
*Wallet
*Lip Balm
*Cuticle Cream
*Keys
*Cell phone

27 Brian January 14, 2010 at 11:17 am

At 32:
In Pants:

Wallet containing $5, a debit card and a credit card, various business cards and lunch club cards.
A Case pocketknife
75cents
Cell phone
Ipod Touch
Keys to car, house, desk, remote entry for car all on a small carabiner.

In coat:

One knit hat
One pair of gloves.

Around neck:

Badge holder with two badges and a flashdrive.

28 Seth B. January 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

At 26 I carry things in most of my pockets.

Shirt pocket:
ipod mini video and headphones

Trouser pockets:
One trapper pocket knife (was my fathers knife)
One burt’s bees chapstick
One cell phone
One wallet containing: One debit card, one social security card, one visa check card, one visa credit card, one auto insurance card, one prescription card, one medical insurance card, one license to carry a handgun, one driver’s license, one ID card for ZombieSquad, one American Red Cross donor card, one Cabela’s club rewards card, one single dollar bill.

In my laptop bag:
one ASUS EEE 1000
one The Backwoodsman magazine (january/february edition)
one 8gb thumb drive
one 1gb thumb drive
one pack of Extra spearmint gum
one telescoping, portable back scratcher
one leather tobacco pouch with 2oz tobacco, briar pipe, pipe cleaners, strike anywhere matches, and a pipe tool
one Marbles match safe full of strike anywhere matches
one AA LED flashlight (60hrs runtime)
one sample bottle of aveeno lotion
one USB hub
one set of extra AA batteries in a case
one pen
one albuterol inhaler (just in case)
one pill case of aleve and excedrin
one USB flex light
one CRKT M16-10KZ
one Clif bar
one tea tin containing: one roll of rolaids, three halls cough drops, bandaids, iodine pack, blistex analgesic, cinnamon chewing sticks, triple antibiotic ointment

Jacket pockets:
one Radom P64 in a pocket holster
one RC-G4 high intensity LED flashlight
one spare magazine for P64
one pair of Carhartt lined gloves
one Shcrade ST-1 Tough Tool

Momma mia, I carry a lot of things that I consider “necessary” on a daily basis. Always be prepared, I supposed.

29 Shambhala January 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I have nothing in my pockets.

Thats what man purses are for.

30 JR Cooper January 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

At 26 I carry
Cigarette case as wallet: Business cards, drivers licence, AAA card, debit card, medical insurance card, one check, and cash (no cigarettes).

One razor knife/box cutter. For opening packages.
Sunglasses, keys, cell phone, ball point pen, and a fountain pen.

31 WDG January 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm

At 18
1 Laguiole Knife
1 cell phone
1 money clip containing $66
1 iPod
1 Ronson Lighter
1 Book of Matches
1 Pipe
1 Pipe tool
1 Tin of Peterson Old Dublin Tobacco
1 Handkerchief
1 Watermen Fountain pen

32 Dr. Dan January 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

At 18:

1 Swiss Army Knife, much used.
3 Guitar picks, C.F. Martin brand.
1 wallet containing driver’s license, debit card, and $4.00 cash.
1 cell phone.
2 keys opening house and automobile.
1 tube lip balm.
Various receipts from my purchases of the day.

In my satchel:

1 copy each: Sibley’s field guide to birds of North America, The Bible, National Geographic Adventure, and The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz.
1 Moleskine.
Approximately 1 oz. pipe tobacco, pipe and matches.
4 breath mints.
1 iPod nano 8 gb.
1 Letter to be dropped off at the Post Office.
1 Ball Point pen.

33 Cindy Marsch January 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

A moving story on this theme is “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien, about soldiers in Vietnam:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Things_They_Carried

34 James Wells January 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

At 39-

Wallet with about $3, some credit cards, a library card, video store card, fishing license, AAA card and starbucks gift card,

chapstick
Pocket knife (with bottle opener)
65 cents
cell phone
hankie (practical)
Moleskine
Keys – house, car, desk
Key chain membership tags – YMCA and grocery store discount

35 Matthew Bell January 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

At 24:

1 practical handkerchief
1 cell phone
1 car key (house keys in center console of car)
1 tube of chapstick
1 money clip (driver’s license, debit card, credit card, Triple-A card)

36 Jonathan Page January 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

At 16:

A 4×8 reporter’s notebook; pages tend to have doodles in the margins.
A ‘slim’ leather wallet, containing a community college student ID, a learner’s permit, a library card, $5 in $1 bills, a penny, a swim club membership tag, and 2 receipts.
A Pilot Precise V5 pen.
A 0.5 mm mechanical pencil.
A small tube of 0.5mm mechanical pencil lead.
A 4GB USB drive.
$1.02 in change (outside the wallet).
A very beat-up Hipster PDA.

I also often have a Creative ZEN mp3 player and headphones in there too.

37 Jonathan Page January 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Oh, and no knife, because I often find myself in buildings where knives are strongly discouraged.

38 Patrick H. Ouzts January 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm

At 30,

One Bag/ Man-Bag /Murse / Briefcase or whatever you call with the following:
Pipe Kit containing two tobacco pouches, pipe tool, matches, lighter, pipe
Reading Glasses
Handkerchief for cleaning classes
iPhone
Handkerchief for cleaning iPhone
Business Card Case
Poker Card Protector
Rotary Coin
Notepad
$3.48 in change
Wallet
Checkbook
Pepto Bismo Tablets
Speeding Ticket with Receipt Paid
French Press Coffee Mug
Book on Internet Marketing
Keys – house, office, car, shed
Pocketsquare for suit
Lapel Pin and Replacement Cuff links

39 Patrick H. Ouzts January 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm

PS

Cindy (#33) Calling the Things They Carried a “moving story” is like calling Christmas a nice holiday. By far one of my favorite books.

Thank you for mentioning it.

40 wade struss January 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

At age 38 I carry…

Right front- tube chapstick, small multi tool and folding utility knife
Left front – small bottle of lotion and 35mm. Film canister w/ latex gloves and HTCdroid.
Right rear – wallet with a few bills cards wedding picture, wifes senior picture from 96 and a p38 can opener.
Left rear – note pad w/ note cards and work schedule

41 Caden January 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Some of y’all got a weird definition of traveling light.

At 23: wallet, phone, notepad and pen (breast pocket when applicable)

42 Chris January 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

At 39
1 cell personal
1 cell work
1 Badge
1 Gun
1 Wallet full of fast food reciepts and ID’s and computer passwords credit cards
1 Bottle acid reflux meds

43 Connor January 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I usually don’t comment, but I couldn’t resist:

Age 20:
-iPhone
-Car Key
-Key ring with 9 keys and a bottle opener
-Wallet, containing cards, 8 dollars, and a declined card receipt.
-Clean plain handkerchief (two on the weekends)
-My grandfather’s pocket knife
-Altoid tin
-iPod and headphones

44 Mark January 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I’ve read over “The Pocket History of Milton J. Wurtleburtle” and found it a bit depressing. There is, of course, the sad fact that he became a widower during the last ten years of his life, but it’s not just that. It’s not that he led an unfulfilling life. His life was full enough and it was a good life, even if a bit dull. He seemed, in many ways, a character right out of a Sinclair Lewis novel, someone like Babbitt. I mean that he was thoroughly conventional. Maybe that’s what got me down.

It’s not just what was in his pocket, but what never made it into his pockets that should be considered when examining the man. You find neither a ticket stub to a baseball game, nor a prize fight, nor to the opera, nor to an art show or a concert. Nor do you find anything that might have inspired the man, such as piece of paper with a quote from the Bible, a photo of Lincoln, or a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Nor do you find there a novel by Hemingway or Dreiser, let alone the “Mediations of Marcus Aurelius.” In other words, Mr. Wurtlburtle was a good man, but rather soulless. Maybe that is what depresses me about this piece from the 1933 issue of Esquire. In the words of a popular song, “Is that all there is?”
http://www.deeperquestions.com

45 Ethan January 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

At 17 and 5/6.

In trouser, jacket, and vest pockets:
1 pilot precise V5 pen
1 0.5mm mechanical pencil
1 cheap coleman pocketwatch
1 Swiss army knife
1 clean handkerchief
1 dirty handkerchief
1 wallet containing: library card, High School ID, ATM card, various business cards, Royal Rangers “Cut and Chop” card, CPR and AED certification cards (expired), and several folded pieces of paper with name and telephone numbers written on them.
1 set of keys for:
a) Home
b) bike lock
c) 2 separate gun locks (with no guns)
d) a cabinet
e) every padlock in my school district
1 magnifying glass
1 iPod shuffle
1 rubber band

In my satchel: (always)
1 digital voice recorder
1 pair of opera glasses
1 calculator
4 colored Pilot Precise V5 pens
1 beat up notebook, half full of ideas
1 cell phone with no service
1 tin of Altoids
1 tin containing a pair of Swiss military goggles
1 container of DCT for lips

46 Andy January 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

At 44:

In pants pockets:
Wallet – Driver’s lic., pic of daughter & her mother, ATM/Debit card, credit card, Med. insurance card, library card, museum membership card, $27 cash.
Keys – home, office, car, mailbox
Fisher bullet pen
replacement Buck Solo pocketknife, original now carried by daughter when not at school (dang weenies!)
Bear & Thistle pub token
random & rotating coins

In jacket:
Pocket notebook
Parker Jotter ballpoint pen
chapstick
Transit pass
Cell phone

Around neck: leash, er, lanyard w/ work ID and 4GB USB drive

Elsewhere: wristwatch

And I heartily second Ms. Marsch’s recommendation of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Read this book and thank a veteran.

47 Anthony January 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Age 24:

Leatherman Skeltool
Pen (looking for a fountain pen to buy)
Hankerchief
Chapstick
Wallet- Assorted work certifications, IDs, maybe some money
Keys with a Mobile Speedpass so I can always grab something on the go even if I forget my wallet, usb drive
Cellphone
Moleskine Notebook
LLBean Jacket:
Pipe with tobacco tin, matches, cleaners
Another Hankerchief

48 Clayton Legear January 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I’ve read this at least three times since you posted it, and believe I’ll read it several more. It’s a very neat article, to say the least. As for the contents of my pockets….

At 25*:

Case pocket knife (Copperhead model, ebony handle)
Saddleback Leather Wallet (large bi fold)
Keys (house, car, bottle opener key chain)

*- I carry a lot more with me, but in my brief case rather than my pockets.

49 AT January 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm

At age 19:

iPod
Car Keys
Wallet (Drivers License, ATM Card, Money, Various ID cards)
A red piece of cloth in honor a friend’s deceased mother
Cell Phone
Lighter
Cigarettes
Guitar Picks
A pen

50 scar3crow January 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

At age 25:

Keys: home, vehicle, office
Cellphone
Swiss Army Knife, not quite used
Random receipts
Assorted coins
A round token of Padre Pio and a prayer
Hemp wallet with drivers license, insurance, debit card, library card, $6, random receipts again, a rosary card, a drawing of an opened treasure chest, with short summaries of me anonymously written by immediate family members, pictures of my wife and I before our marriage, and a note of endearment from my wife.

51 Richard | RichardShelmerdine.com January 15, 2010 at 4:17 am

Haha wow that’s amazing to see how it changes over time. Nowadays mine would be

at 20:

Wallet with:
-Keys
-1 * Bank Card
- 2 * Condoms
- 1 * £10 note

Nice and simplistic, just how I like it. Great thought provoking post.

52 Zac T. January 15, 2010 at 5:19 am

At 21 I have:

- 1 multi-tool
- keys
- cellphone
- wallet
- chapstick

at all times.

53 Jason January 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

At 31:

Pants:
1 pocket knife
1 usb flash drive
1 Sharpie
1 small canister hand salve
$2.75 cash
1 leather wallet containing approx. $300.00 cash, various cards, &c.
keyring: keys (2) for home & automobile

Coat:
1 photograph of my grandparents & half-sister
1 ipod charging cable
1 generic uni-ball gel pen
1 business card from loan dept. of Credit Union
variouis receipts of recent purchases

54 John January 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

At 45 (just last week)
$2.18 in loose change
wallet with ID, credit card, ATM, and $63 in bills. Also holds pistol permit, BJ’s and other store cards, and a spare car key.
pocket knife – same one I have had since I was 11!
cell phone (something I would rather not have to carry)
mints
handkerchief
a Rosary

55 Myles January 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

at 19 i have

$10+ in assorted loose change (mostly pennies and nickles, but a few loonies)
wallet containing: credit card, bank card, $20, drivers license, health card and scene card
a key chain containing 4 keys: 2 for apartment, 2 for parent’s house
cell phone
2 harmonicas: C Diatonic, G Chromatic

56 Bakari January 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

At the age of 34, I have in my pockets:
1 wallet with small bills,bank card,drivers license,voting registration card.
1 set of keys comprised of house keys and bottle opener
1 ipod classic
1 sports watch.
1 moleskine pocket notebook.
At the age of 35, I would like to have in my pockets:
1 wallet with large bills, banks card(s)
1 set of house keys as a HOME OWNER
1 watch with leather wrist strap, preferably a cartier watch.
I ipod touch, large capacity.
pictures of my two newly adopted british bulldogs.

57 Josh January 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I’m 17

In my pockets, I have:

1 wallet with cash, my id’s, and gift cards
1 lighter
1 tube of lip balm
1 note with my friend’s address and phone number
1 slightly used handkerchief
1 phone that has no service subscription
1 recent obituary for my great grandmother
1 iPod
1 house key

58 Hugo Stiglitz January 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

30 years old:
Left pocket: gum, lens wipe for glasses, soft multi-purpose handerchief, phone
Right pocket: car keys and pen
Back pocket: wallet
Wallet contains: misc. money, credit cards, picture of me and my fiance, picture of my brother, 2 religious prayer cards, license and ID, business card from jeweler where I purchased my fiance’s ring along with hand-written specs on diamond, note from my mom that she put on a Christmas present a few years ago, my dad’s old barber shop card

59 Mr Miyagi January 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

at 31 years old:
1 cell phone
1 keychain with car/house keys
1 Wallet with money clip, ID, and debit card
1 box cutter knife (I find more useful than just a pocket knife)

60 Hunter January 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Graham,

I’d say I use my knife quite a bit. Nothing like a useful tool to find uses for it that used to seem like problems before you had it.

I also happen to work in a screen printing shop, where everything is boxed and needs to be freeeeed.

61 DustinB January 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

@Graham Hutson
The 3 blade Scheffield is for delicate cutting: shirt tags, threads, letter opening, splinter removal, and every so often it’s usage is requested by one of my female co-workers for clipping coupons from the Sunday paper in the break room.
The tac folder has seen everything from box cutting, game cleaning, improvised pry-bar, and on a few occasions self defense.
The multi-tool frequently gets called upon to cut wires, handle screws, and open bottles.

62 Mr. Foxx January 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

At 28…
1 Mobile Device
1 Gold Dollar
1 Coach Card Holder containing Debit Card, Drivers license, Work ID, health insurance card, AAA card, proof of insurance, card listing vital information for St. Christopher medal received after the death of my Maternal Grand Mother, a small note on why I no longer smoke, and most importantly the card that was attached to flowers that were delivered to me on a special occasion.
1 Mont Blanc ball point pen
1 SOG Pentagon Elite II knife, on clip attached to pocket.

Now, my motorcycle tank bag is a whole different story…

63 Elliot Tedcastle January 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

At 18:

Always:
2 pocket knives (Swiss Army and S&W SWAT)

Often:
1 copy of the Constitution
1 copy of the Westminster Shorter Catacism
1 smooth stone
1 wallet with only a little in it

Want to add:
A hanky or two
A fuller wallet
Another knife and/or handgun

64 Cory January 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Wow, how do you people stand having so much junk in your pockets?! What if you had to run somewhere or maneuver around quickly? Haha…Imagine getting into a confrontation or dodging a car with 15 Sacagawea coins, a copy of the constitution, and a miniature CVS pharmacy flopping around in your pockets. LOL

@20
blackberry in my shirt pocket
wallet in my back pocket
keys clipped to my belt loop

65 Loren C. Klein January 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

At 28…

Back left pocket- Wallet
Front left pocket- iPhone
Front right pocket- keyring with Leatherman Micra attached, red and blue ink pens (I’m a teacher), two flash drives, and Burt’s Bees

My Backpack? Enough gear to kit out the 1st Armored Division. :^)

66 geno January 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

at 17

In Trousers:
1 cell phone
1 pcket watch; wound
$1.20 in change
$8 in small bills
1 wallet; containing Drivers liscense, medic card, Scout ID etc.
3 paper mate pens
1 lanyard attached to keys, cross and dog tag
1 pocket knife
1 moleskine note pad

In Jacket:
report card, unpresented
5 dollar bill
38 cents
season schedual
USMC recruter business card
name and phone number’s of 3 classmates on crumpled paper
hankerchief
8 ft of 550 cord
pencil stub
pocket knife, case

Be Prepared!

67 on the other side of the pond January 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

That’s sad!

68 Joshua January 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

At age 23:

1 Cell phone
1 Card from the “Giving Game” from a kid in church…kind of a long story
1 1GB flash drive
1 Knife (Case Trapper, with the spine of the clip blade worn down from when I used it in a pinch to clean the belt on a sander that clogged up while sanding a log cabin), used at least a couple times most days
1 Pen
1 Handkerchief (washed daily, if it gets used)
1 Wallet (leather, with more cash in it than usual)
In my coat:
Keys (my car, wife’s car, house, church, usually also another church key, key to my parents’ house, padlocks for fence at home)
Pack of gum with a couple pieces left
Anglican rosary (4 “weeks” of 7 instead of 5 “decades”)
My hat (if I’m indoors)

Depending on the jacket,
A Czech tool (3-in-1 pipe tool)
Matches

69 Brandon January 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Not a regular poster, but this one has certainly piqued my interest… here goes:

Age 30
Front left pocket – key ring containing too many keys, a small swiss army knife and a micro-maglite (the single AAA variety).
Front right pocket – Slim money-clip wallet containing my IDs, a few necessary cards and normally $25ish in cash.
Shirt pocket – Work Blackberry and a Saint Michael prayer card
Belt – My personal cellphone and one of the original gerber multi-tools with a couple blades/tools broken off. I should get a new one but this one’s been with me for over a decade and through two tours in Iraq so I can’t bring myself to part with it.

70 tyler January 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

At 24 (almost 25):

wallet
lighter
phone
smokes
knife.

You all carry a lot of neat things I wish I could afford!

71 rudy January 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

At 30:
- wallet with $243, gym membership card, photo of wife, card saying that I’m authorized to sign for medical care for the 14yo kid that I mentor, library card, credit card for me, credit card for my consulting LLC, receipt from a thrift store for the nice Italian dress shoes I bought for $5, 09-10 season pass to Vail
- fountain pen
- stack of index cards with to-do and project lists
- dinged up cell phone from 2002 with mismatched battery and no GPS
- self-winding mechanical watch
- keychain (house/car/yakima rack keys, flashlight, mini-lighter, compass, Gerber multitool knife, 1gb flash drive)
- CRKT flip-open tactical folding knife
- sunglasses
- CZ P01 9mm handgun

72 Mark January 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Who can resist typing such a list? Age 38:

Right front pocket: Keys on keyring – house, car, mailbox, back yard gate, laptop tiedown, three or four keychain membership UPC code tags for grocery stores, small swiss army knife, tweezers missing.

Right cargo pocket, clipped on: Coldsteel Voyager Tanto folder.

Right back pocket – empty.

Left back pocket – wallet (no cash) credit card, debit card, atm card, auto and health insurance cards, pocket fresnel lens, stainless steel splinter tweezers to go with lens (recent splinter problem), pictures of my children, various other misc. cards. Also, checkbook and comb.

Left front pocket – work ID on lanyard, mass transit pass in same holder.

Left side cargo pocket – cell phone.

Belt: Victorinox SwissTool, standard 2x AA Minimag light.

73 Spooky January 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

At 30:
Wallet
-Library Card
-Driver’s License
-Debit Card
-Insurance Card
-1 picture of nephews, 2 of girlfriends kids
I-Pod & USB cable
Cell Phone
Flash Drive
Chap Stick
Check book ($135 balance)
Keychain
-House keys (apartment)
-Car keys (car doesn’t run)
-Mailbox key

74 rev lauen January 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

age 28:

Pants:
wallet containing normal wallet like things, with the exception of cash. (in front pocket)
chap stick (when I can find it… Someone could make millions by inventing a chap stick that is not round keeping it from rolling off of desks and tables being lost for ever, yet still allowing you to twist the bottom.)
Smart phone (in front pocket)
three scraps of paper with number of people to call, notes to remind me to do stuff, and a list of things to get at store on the way home. (in back pockets)

As for knife, flash drive, and other handy things one in car, desk, and gym bag. Always be prepared.

75 Allen January 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

At 39:
In pockets:

Key ring with assorted home and work keys, including a key for my parent’s house, and a key for a piece of luggage that hasn’t been around for years, and a safe deposit box key
75 cents (change for vending machine)
a tube of mustache wax (Hndlebars Moustache Wax) – I have a handlebar mustache
Comb for said mustache, which actually is a cat flea comb from Walmart that cost $1 but works great
Usually I have some receipts in there, but none today
A used tissue or two, especially if one of my kids has a runny nose

Worn-out, ratty Wallet containing:
Debit card
Grocery club card
gift card for bookstore
another grocery club card
2 gift cards for coffee place
Driver’s license, ca. 1996
Enhanced license, ca. 2009
credit card
Walmart gift card
Academic library card
Pharmacy bonus card
Village library card (can’t stand the librarian and haven’t been there in 2 years)
AAA membership card
Another academic library card
movie rental card, never used
photo of my wife
photo of my first son, age 1 (now he’s 6)
NO photo of second son, age 3 – shame on me
health insurance card, 2006
2 health cards, 2010
$1
coffeehouse receipt from 2 years ago
hardware store receipt 2/18/09

76 Allen January 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

@ Mark

Good thoughts.

77 Cutter January 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

At 38:

Right Front Pocket: Money clip with $60 in cash, Benchmade folding knife
Right Back Pocket: Wallet (cards, ID, 1 stamp, one of those stupid “shopper savers” cards every grocery store makes you use nowadays, $16 in cash), and the same pocket-sized comb I’ve carried since 8th grade
Left Front Pocket: Key ring with house & car keys, as well as a key-shaped multitool that blends in very well with the rest of the keys on the ring, Leatherman Micra
Left Back Pocket: Clean handkerchief
Watch Pocket (when I’m wearing jeans): Zippo
On Belt: Blackberry

I’ll also occasionally carry a memory stick and a mini-Maglite (I’ve had to use the light during power failures, etc, more than you might expect). When I did repo work in college, I’d also always carry gloves, a Spanish pocket dictionary, a notepad, pen, and a Russian-made mini monocular in my jacket.

78 MogliDude January 29, 2010 at 1:09 am

At age 26, I carry in my britches:

LF-Cell phone and MP3 player
RF- Swiss army multiknife, Sharpie/pen, Keys(house,truck, spare for wife’s vehicle, multtool plier combo, and a ‘lucky charm’)
RB-Leather Wallet, and folding knife
LR-hankerchief

I try to carry on me only what use everyday. All my friends and coworkers poke fun at me for the things I carry. However, whenever an odd task presents itself I’m always the one they call on. It seems I always have the right tools for the job. Stay prepared Men.

79 Belial January 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Not to nitpick but isn’t the post missing the section on Wurtleburtle’s pockets at 30, and what’s reprinted as 30 should be the contents at 40?

80 Finnian January 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

The Contents of My Pockets Today at Thirty-Nine

No watch (It’s on my wrist)
1 leather wallet containing driver’s licence, a debit card, a credit card, insurance cards, AAA card, membership card in Knights of Columbus, Walgreens Prescription Club card, Barnes & Noble membership card, a psychologists business card, a Supercuts business card with two haircuts marked (out of twelve needed for a free cut), a single raffle ticket, very little cash
1 tube of Chapstick
1 Sony Ericsson cellphone
1 rosary, black
My son’s revised basketball schedule
My son’s silver chain and Saint Aidan medallion
1 envelope containing a pay stub, indicating that the money was deposited directly into the bank account
1 pocket square in chest pocket
1 white handkerchief in inner coat pocket
Several keys on a ring attached to a keychain bearing my college’s logo, opening
(a) my car
(b) my apartment
(c) my mailbox
(d) the door to the parking garage
(e) two other keys (To what? I do not know)

81 Joshua E. February 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

20 years old: (yes, I live/work/study in a foreign country, but I tend to have similar contents in the US, minus a few boxes of matches and trading my *large* (4.2″) folding knife for a more “street-comfortable” {small} knife for the Homeland.

Trousers< I used to wear jeans, but discovered the joys of Cargo/BDU pants about a year ago…

right front pocket- cellphone, matches, chap-stic
left front pocket- matches, writing paper, coins
right thigh-pocket- folding knife, 4-6 cable ties, money (more difficult to pick-pocket if you spread the money to various pockets), SAS Survival Guide-Pocket Edition, lighter
Left thigh-pocket- Key ring with keys {to storage unit, P.O. Box, front gate, parents' house (front and back door), my apartment (F&B doors), car keys, bike-lock, and two keys from the main door and inner door of the office I work at.

Jacket< inner left pocket: ID, Cord, cable ties (never know when you might need them, they're QUITE handy), Emergency #s (people to call if I'm unable to communicate i.e. unconscious), matches
inner right pocket: two ball-point pens, one permanent marker (Sharpie), chewing gum, writing tablet, driving gloves
outer left pocket: lighter, coins
outer right pocket: matches (no, I don't smoke, it's just that I'm always running into situations where I or others need some.. e.g., power-outage, forgetful camper, wet weather[ where more are needed to start a fire], forgetful smokers [I personally don't wish to poison myself, but I won't offend others who choose to poison themselves], late-night walks on the beach with my Fiance, etc…)
front left-breast-pocket: foreign currency (I always seem to forget to have some on hand when I travel, so this assures me I'll at LEAST have enough to buy some food or water with), important addresses or phone numbers.

regular, day-to-day bag< (which I only carry to/from work or school)
outside pocket: dried chili peppers, dry-paraffin, ballpoint pens
main compartment: notebook, PC, drawing tablet, mail, string, rope, survival candles, extra knife, shaving kit(compressed: one razor, small bottle after shave, no shaving cream), flat-cap (if it's not on my head), hand-operated flash-light (no batteries), extra cellphone battery

as rev lauen, (#74) age 28 said: "Always be prepared"

"Cory – (#64) January 16, 2010
Wow, how do you people stand having so much junk in your pockets?! What if you had to run somewhere or maneuver around quickly? Haha…Imagine getting into a confrontation or dodging a car with 15 Sacagawea coins, a copy of the constitution, and a miniature CVS pharmacy flopping around in your pockets. LOL"

I quite frequently enjoy "Parkour-like-activities" or "free-running" (jumping walls, chairs, tables, off of stair-cases, over park benches, etc), and have on occasion outrun "dogs" of both the two legged and four-legged types… I never found my "stuff" to inhibit my progress, you just have to get used to it, and compensate: i.e. work harder. *winks* I must admit, it took me a few months to get used to it, and I started with MUCH less in my pockets…

Cheers, ~ Josh


- “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”- Braveheart
- "Hope for the best, expect the worst and go down fighting or win…" -Brent
- "I train in earnest to do the things (that I pray in earnest) I'll never have to do." -Capt Charlie, http://www.thefiringline.com

82 Mari February 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

As a woman who somewhat fits the stereotype of the “everything but the kitchen sink in her purse” type, I find that, to the shame of the men with whom I’ve crossed paths, I have in my wallet/pockets/purse things that gentlemen should carry. Many times I’ve had to reach into my wallet/pockets/purse to hand something to a man in distress!

In my (non-bloated) checkbook wallet:
~ a hotel sewing kit (6 colors of thread, needle, pins, safety pins, 2 buttons, snap, and hook and eye)
~ a miniature first aid kit (butterfly closures, 3 sizes of band-aids, a Listerine freshstrips (?) container filled with aspirin, a few alcohol swabs, a toothpick with some surgical tape wrapped around it, two 2″ tubes of ammonia inhalant, AKA smelling salts, an dose of Bayer’s aspirin Quick Release Crystals)
~ a VIctorinox Swiss Army Card
~ ID, bank cards, library card, car insurance and AAA cards, coupons, receipts.
~ A women’s hankerchief (just the right size for a wallet)
~ a Parker Sonnet sterling silver ballpen
~ 2 checks from each checking account just in case
~ 3 $20 bills
~ a thin tube of lip balm
~ a flat credit card size compact with 6 lip colors
~ Shine control face blotting papers

In my medium-sized purse:
~ My checkbook wallet (with all that stuff)
~ my mobile
~ headphones for mobile
~ a small makeup bag containing an extra battery for my mobile, a Leatherman Squirt P4, a Leatherman Squirt S4, a disposable lighter, a USB car charger with cord, femenine needs
~ a Buck knife
~ a Sog Multitool
~ a compact that turns into a hairbrush
~ a travel umbrella
~ a white men’s hankerchief (women’s are too small)
~ sunglasses in their case
~ Key ring (house key, gate key, car key/remote entry control, a dog tag engraved with “If found please call XXX-XXX-XXXX”, Leatherman Monarch 300 flashlight, bottle of pepper spray)
~ 8 1/2″ long Mini MagLite LED
~ a tin of Altoids Smalls
~ a 1 ounce bottle of hand lotion
~ I pack of travel facial tissues
~ a purse hook (to hang my purse)

83 Gr0g February 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Left front: ipod nano & headphones
Right front: two medium guitar picks, $2.47 in change

Right rear: A printout of a Tonka license plate from playing video games with my four-year-old brother
Left rear: Wallet

In the wallet:
- a battered debit card
- a driver’s license
- a folded copy of my automobile insurance policy
- An Ontario health insurance card
- Four folded twenties
- Three ATM receipts
- a Starbucks gift card
- four certification cards: WHMIS, fall arrest, POST safety, and job site orientation
- A movie stub from AMC 30
- A note from my ex-girlfriend reading, ‘i try to be profound. Praise me.’

84 RedBeard March 8, 2010 at 6:33 am

As I go out the door I quote a little litany of things I should have with me in my pockets.

“Wallet”
“Puffer”
“Watch”
“Phone”
“Keys”
“Hat”
“Sunglasses”
“Brain? Nah, don’t need that!”

The hat goes on the head and the sunglasses on the face (I guess that’s pretty obvious really) but the rest goes into pockets. My pocket knife goes into my pocket as my pants go on so that doesn’t have to be checked (a habit I couldn’t break, even if I wanted to).

My wallet contains various cards and even the occasional bit of cash (depends on if the missus has been raiding again!).

Not much by comparison with some of those above but you should see my backpack!

85 RedBeard March 8, 2010 at 6:40 am

By the way, I’m forty, but that list hasn’t changed in over ten years.

86 Moebius March 24, 2010 at 2:13 am

At 28, mine is minimal.
1 binder clip holding cash, ID, credit/debit cards.
1 Cellphone.
1 Keychain with house key and car key.

I also carry a satchel sometimes.
1 Moleskine notebook
1 Organizer
1 Book
1 Pen
1 MP3 Player

87 Scott April 21, 2010 at 2:02 am

At age 43, I have the following in my pockets or on my belt in pouches;

Cell phone
Surefire E2D Executive Defender flashlight
Wilson Tactical Cop Tool
Swiss Army Knife
Leatherman
Windmill butane lighter
Keys on keyring (house, car, etc.)
pocket change
comb
handkerchief
wallet (ID, cash, credit cards, various club membership cards, amateur radio licenses, etc.)
small container of powdered bhut jolokia (“ghost” chile) to spice up bland food

88 Agustin April 22, 2010 at 1:37 am

age 17,

house keys
chapstick
pocketknife
pen
2 dollars for lunch
school ID
and flash drive

89 StPatrick April 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

At age 30:

Right front:
Gerber Evo Jr.
Small bills and change
Keyring; house, office, sister’s house

Left front:
Phone
Employee ID card

Right rear:
Wallet

On Belt, under jacket:
Sig

90 DanS May 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

At 23:

A worn leather wallet with rarely any cash, but filled with plastic, school ID, DL, collected business cards, and receipts
Cell phone that doesn’t feel cheap
Car, apartment, mail, and parent’s home keys
Lip balm
Finger rosery one of my grandfather’s friends gave me at my grandfather’s funeral with many prayers on it and reminds me of my great manly role models

91 James Matheus Guy May 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

At age 64 –

Reading glasses in metal case
Comb
Handkerchief
Pens
Billfold with all the plastic crap, ID, and sometimes even a bit of money
Keys for car (house and office have combination punchlocks)
Change
Cellphone
Card case and cards

This list has not changed much during my professional life, and, with the exception of the card case and cards, probably will not after (and if) I retire.

92 Austin May 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

At 16 I have
- DuctTape wallet with a 20 in it
-a pack of Marlboro Menthols with a Red and a No. 27 amongst them
-my grandmother’s Zippo
-cell phone
- 5 gum
-mp3 player with earbuds
-Peanuts Walmart gift card with 33 cents on it(doubles as a key)
-sharpened piece of aluminum

93 Noah May 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

at 33
klein pocket knife with 2.25 blade

key ring
-jeep
-remote
-work, grand master
-house
-snowboard rack
-lock box
-bike chain bottle opener

samsung rugged bar phone w/flash light

well worn jeep wallet (from wife)
-id
-debit card
-costco
-home depot (work)
-safeway club card
-union card
-business cards (mine)
-spare jeep key
-1/4 of a lucky dollar laminated
-ss card sized flat bottle opener, that has many other uses

on left hand
seiko titanium kenetic watch
titanium wedding ring

94 JOHN June 8, 2010 at 6:51 am

At 30 as a blacksmith.

2 adjustable spanners,
many screws
small screwdrivers
cash card
pocket watch (brass)
tobacco pouch, pipe and rolling papers.
5 plastic lighters
1 hand etched zippo (by myself)
1 scratched cellphone of antiquarian status.
assorted wire and string.
1 handmade lock knife
teabags
baker boy hat
1 or more bandannas
pencils
notebook
chalk
victorian spectacles
various bits of paper and notes
rivets
handkercheif

95 Louis William Rose June 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

. In a man’s pockets, one should always find the following: Two cotton handkerchiefs (one for the man who is bleeding, the other for the lady who is weeping, a three-bladed pocket knife (very sharp), a comb (for some young lady who hopefully will have need of it) a pen, lots of cash, calling cards, and of course, a revolver. L.W.R.

96 Daniel June 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm

This is a fun exercise. At 27 I have

Keyrings with many keys and cards (Ralphs, library, Borders, Rite-aid cards), a 1-AAA Maglite, and a Cutco mini pocket knife.
Bluetooth earpiece
Lighter
Chapstick
Pen
Wallet, and all the cards that go therein (no credit cards) and some cash, separated with paper dividers into various spending categories
Smartphone (Blackberry Curve, soon to be supplanted by the Evo 4G)
Business cards in a case
Handkerchief

I wear cargo pants because I have all these things. The backpack comes a lot of places with me and it contains
Pipe, tobacco pouch, and matches (cigars are not so safe in there)
Bike pump, spare tube, and other bike tools
Gerber multitool and 2-AA Maglite
Work shirt and gi
Lunch in a container, water in the camel bak

I feel moderately cool now that I’ve gone over all the cool things I carry around.

97 Tyler V July 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

At 15
phone
pocketknife
and sometimes iPod

98 Andrew July 22, 2010 at 5:30 am

At age 26:

1 cell phone
1 Bic lighter
1 CRKT knife
1 wallet containing various credit cards and ids (school and DL)
1 Leatherman Micra
1 money clip with bills
1 pack of Camels
1 paisley handkerchief
3 free drink tokens to a local bar I work at

On belt:
Keys
1 Leatherman Blast with flashlight

99 Bratkin July 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

At 32

1 mobile phone
1 set of home IDs
1 wallet filled with bills and receipts with an equivalent of $46.50 poked here and there between them
1 credit card organizer with two credit cards of two different banks and a salary debet one, and 17 discount and reward cards issued by the same number of supermarket, DIY, computer, and books and stationery chains.
a handful of change
1 pocket watch
2 keyrings, with home and workplace key sets respectively
1 pack of wet optical wipes
1 pack of wet children’s wipes to be used when it’s not possible to wash my hands properly before eating out
1 handkerchief
1 Swiss pocket knife
1 screwdriver just in case
1 Moleskin notebook

100 rnoraidr July 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

What i have in my pockets at 52 as a bartender, keys attached to my belt loop,1 swiss pocket knife , 1 bic lighter , my wallet, my one hitter , my bottle opener, wine opener, cell phone and one hanky….

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