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I vaguely remember reading in "Backwoods Country Home Magazine" awhile back that a fanny pack might be useful for carrying a small (and hopefully well-holstered), weapon to dispatch marauding coyotes and such while hiking.

Posted by r | March 30, 2007 6:15 PM

Fanny packs are so fashionable. I own two (I'm not kidding).

Posted by Ari Spool | March 30, 2007 6:17 PM

I didn't realize sex work was just legalized in Germany in '02... it was definitely tacitly legal in 2000, and Hamburg's red-light district has been hoppin' since way before then.

Re: fanny packs... Well (1) German girls have flat butts, so a fanny pack can give those booties a little *umph*. And (2) sexy skin-tight outfits never have pockets, and purses are so inconvenient... you need to have your hands and arms free. So, not having a date to carry your cash, ID, and prostitution license for you, you carry a fanny pack instead.

Makes sense to me, anyway.

Posted by L | March 30, 2007 8:34 PM

Seems like a natural transition. I've always considered sex workers to be in the therapy business.

I'm also surprised that prostitution was only just legalized in Germany. I lived there for 3 months in the 80's, and for all intents and purposes it seemed legal back then.

Posted by Sean | March 30, 2007 10:45 PM

Just remember that in O Britannia, "fanny" doesn't mean what you're used to.

Posted by The CHZA | March 31, 2007 3:45 AM

hahaha: "things other countries do better than the United States" ... nothing to see here...

Also though I thought the UK's health system was pretty much the worst in the first world. One really ought to copy Canada's rather than theirs methinks (or any of the OTHER countries in the first world, all of whom give it away except the US of A).

Posted by John | March 31, 2007 6:07 AM

Sean: Prostitution wasn't exactly illegal back then but it was called "sittenwidrig" which means that even though they couldn't be arrested for doing it, they couldn't sue customers over payments, they couldn't get health care, they couldn't get disability pensions, etc - things that are all possible today.

re: the fannypacks: I sure don't know, but it seems to be part of the uniform. In Hamburg at least, where I used to live, all the prostitues on the street (and those were crowded red-light district streets) wore the same kind of puffy jackets, tight pants and fanny packs. I suppose it made them a lot easier to find/avoid. You definitely knew who you were dealing with then.

Posted by Andreas | March 31, 2007 7:06 AM

Okay, that settles it. I'm retiring in Germany.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 31, 2007 11:30 AM

In typical German fashion; the fannypacks are for making change. How else will you be able to get the correct amount of change?

Ordnung muss sein!

Posted by bugeats | April 1, 2007 12:07 PM

-- i think fanny packs are ONLY ok when worn over one shoulder, across the chest (not 'round the waist) and under a coat/hoodie.

ex: merch people on tour, working for bands, often have lots of cash on them... the "shoulder pack" works well for this.

: )

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