Happy National Left Handed Day 2016

Happy National Left Handed Day 2016!  Every year on August 13th we southpaws get our very own designated day to celebrate our ‘gift’.  Left Handed Day 2016 is also meant to help raise awareness of the troubles that lefty people experience with living in a right-hand centric world.

National Left Handed Day 2016

So the idea is that we have an excuse to get drunk and have a whinge at how easy righties have it? Well, not quite.

National Left Handed Day 2016 – August 13th

Special events are usually set up around the world, such as designated ‘left handed zones’ where righties are encouraged to use their non-dominant hand to perform simple tasks.  These special areas might only include lefty tools and utensils in order to force people into finding out what it’s like being a southpaw in a right handed world. Because let’s face it, sometimes it’s a bit of a pain in the ass!

All too often we lefties are overlooked by designers and developers. So it is also hoped that through participating in this day we can raise awareness of the need for ambidextrous product designs.

Here’s my (selfish) suggestion for this yearly event.  Every year on August 13th, guitar stores worldwide should have a sale where only the left-handed models are discounted. Do it. Do it.

international left handed day sale

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  1. Digidog
    Digidog says:

    The idea of a lefty guitar sale day is simply brilliant, but it also contains two issues:

    What if musical stores decided to limit lefty sales only to one day? (On the basis that a minor part of the customers also get a minor part of the days of sale.)

    …and: what if the same stores decided to only boost stocks and inventories just to that day? (So they could keep a low lefty stock all the other time?)

    I like the thinking of your proposal, but given the hard rationalizing the instrument selling business is forced to these days – probably due to low times in the economy and falling numbers of instrument practitioners – it could turn into just another excuse for keeping lefty guitarists hanging on the fence anyway.


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