Friday, January 7, 2011

Travel Ticket Pocket

 London Visitor Travelcad

You may have noticed a trend, that I usually write travel-related posts on Fridays. When I proof-read this post, I really felt like I was cheating, for it doesn't contain any maps or photos of exciting places. And I'll have to admit that 'exciting' is a very subjective term. I should say, 'exciting to me.' Still, since 'Travel' is the only category into which this would fit, I'm posting it now. I just had to tell you about it.

When we traveled to London a couple years ago, we took our son and our granddaughter with us. Because we all had Visitor Travelcards, it was imperative that they were easy to access once we were in a busy Tube Station. I didn't want any time wasted in fumbling through bags for the important and not inexpensive Travelcard, so before we left home, I made sure that everyone had an left, inside breast pocket in their jackets. (I suspect that lefties would need a right, inside breast pocket) It works so much better when you can simply whip out that card, put it into the turnstile, and then pop it back into your pocket. It's protection against theft and loss - like memory loss - forgetting where you put it! Or worse yet, laying it down beside you on a bench and then getting up to leave, being rescued only by the sheer courtesy of an onlooker who happened to notice the unattended Visitor Travelcard. Yeah, that was me once. That was in my pre-ticket pocket days!

 Train Ticket from Gatwick to Victoria Station and back

So, since I wanted to put an inside pocket into the jacket our granddaughter was going to wear, I started looking for a good, sturdy pocket that I could cut from one no-longer-used garment and sew into the jacket.

Found it. Step One completed.

Next, I carefully stitched it onto the lining of the jacket. It made the perfect ticket pocket. It's not like it was important that it matched the jacket, so...

Inside jacket: ticket pocket

Perfect.  Step Two completed.

Now Anna had a sturdy inside pocket in which to store her Travelcard and train tickets.

FAST FORWARD Winter 2011:

My husband went to the closet to get out one of his favorite work shirts to wear.  

How was I to know???

Oops! That shirt looked old and ratty to me, which is why I used it.  What remains a mystery is how on earth it got back into his closet!!!  :-(

The moral of this story?  Don't forget Step Three:

Always destroy the evidence. 


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Unknown said...

LOL... I hope your husband stopped wearing that shirt to work :) Great little tip for traveling, Judy!
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Under Her Wings said...

Too cute! I think my worst nightmare traveling was when my daughter and I went to Paris and decided to go to a movie one night. We left the theater, and several blocks down the road I realized that I had left my bag with my visa in it. Panicked, I ran all the way back to the theater, and some honest person had turned it in. Praise the Lord for honest people!

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Judy, that is perfect. That is just the sort of thing I would do. I have been known to add various secret compartments to a garment but have never taken a pocket off another garment. Why didn't I think of that? But, oh yeah, you gotta destroy the evidence!

Angela said...

That's hilarious! And I remember that shirt! I always liked it - very sturdy. :) Poor Dad! :(

Unknown said...

Bwahahha, the shirt might still work with a thermal underneath.

Midwest to Midlands said...

ha, ha, that made me laugh. My hubby has more than once pulled things out of the bin that I have put there to throw out as I thought they were beyond donating. Now you have two garments with a story to tell.

Michelle said...

Very funny! I know what you mean, my husband has some ratty, paint covered clothes that I would think were trash but to him their his 'favorite' work cloths. He loves doing projects around the house. I will keep step three in mind if needed in the future. That's also a great travel tip, thanks!

Karen Harris said...

Very funny! Just a small sacrifice for the greater good. I can't tell you how many times I've had to fumble around for my tube ticket. I finally started wearing trousers with a back pocket. There is no way I could miss that!

Unknown said...

Lol!Love that photo... my hubby would so be upset about his old ratty shirt being used. The other day he found his highschool football jersey in a keepsake box and you would have thought I committed a crime... you know he had been looking for it in his closet all these years! ha!

Judy S. said...

Tee hee! Fun memories, eh? We're singing a John Rutter piece on Sunday which made me think of you.

Yenta Mary said...

That is too cute ... :) I needed a chuckle today -- thank you!

Rachel said...

That is a clever idea about the pocket inside the jacket!! Too funny it was your hubby's work shirt!! Destroying evidence is always important!

Happy Friday!


Mama Hen said...

Very cute post! Great idea! Yes, the shirt should have been thrown out after, but it made a great post! Ha! I thought of you today when it snowed! I remember your first post about your first snowstorm and I remembered that I could not wait to get lots of snow also. We love it! I agree with you about TV and leting kids play instead of watching it. Have a great night my friend!

Mama Hen

Tiffanee said...

Great idea! I love the ending to the story!!

SomeGirl said...

Love that idea! And step #3 is too funny! :)

Bethany Nash said...

Maybe you put it back in there in case you needed the other pocket later!

Deborah said...

This is the funniest post my friend!!! lol! I am not really sure how the shirt ended up back in the closet either...surely you wouldn't have put it there. :D (and don't call me Shirley) tee hee!

J_on_tour said...

Good recommendation about the zone 1 and 2 travel card, I use it every time I'm there (day version as I have never stayed overnight). I was shocked when I saw the price of the Gatwick Express ticket ... until I saw how many people were travelling in the group.
It is funny how the female population decide to destroy the males favourite articles of clothing. Maybe we can gain an insight by looking at some of the earliest historical types of clothing that our species wore and how the male was so attached to it..... how he fought for it !!

Under Her Wings said...

Judy, you are a true kindred spirit!

partialemptynester said...

Omgosh, I gasped and literally laughed out loud when I realized where the post was going...great one!!!!! Crack me up!!!!


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