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the story of an invisible girl
"...because I know something you don't. I am not left-handed!"

Today I moved my mouse to the left side of my keyboard, went into my control panel, and set my mouse to be left-handed. This is because my (right) shoulder is still giving me some grief, and I thought maybe I could favor it more if I stopped mousing with it. I also raised my chair up extra-high, so that my arm hangs as loosely as possible, using as few shoulder muscles as possible.

Of course, I've used my mouse with my right hand ever since the mouse was invented. (Actually, I invented the mouse! No, I'm just kidding. It was Dan Quayle.) Mousing with my left hand raises all sorts of coordination issues. I helplessly watch the pointer on the screen sort of spiraling toward the place I'm trying to click.

Then once it gets there, sometimes I click the wrong button. I've switched it so that my left index finger does the "left-click", which feels more natural, but of course that is on the right side of the mouse. So sometimes my brain gets confused. Not all the time, or I'd switch it back...just sometimes.

I feel very clumsy. But I'm getting a little better, with practice. It's even kinda fun! I'm not sure how much it's actually helping my shoulder though: I'm so used to reaching over for the mouse with my right hand, I find I do it pretty frequently anyway. It's just habit.
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From: nicegeek Date: August 13th, 2003 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean; I've been switch-mousing for about a year now, since I starting getting tendonitis in my clicker-finger. It'll feel natural in a few weeks.
From: jacs0202 Date: August 13th, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, dig the clever reference. "I am not left-handed either."
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2003 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good catch! I was wondering who would pick up on it... *grin*
anderale From: anderale Date: August 13th, 2003 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I am not left handed either."

My favorite movie of all time. ever. :D

I kind of want to try to switch my mouse now, that sounds like fun for some odd reason.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 14th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a great movie, yes. Go for it, with the mouse...it's kind of entertaining! (though weird and awkward)
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