The Lanyard Conundrum
It's pretty nice, as far as lanyards go. Nice thick red ribbon with curly Ws on it. Quality metal clasps on the top two corners. But what do I do with it?
At first I laughed when I read we'd get a promotional lanyard for Opening Day. It's kind of nerdy, but we ARE a government town. Why not lanyards? I guess I'd wear mine at work.
But they're clearly not meant for government IDs. Too big. They're meant to hold your game ticket around your neck, ostensibly to make it easier to flash when every other usher asks if you're sitting in this or that section. But that's another discussion.
Opening Day is so momentous, every item from the day has huge meaning attached to it, including the lanyard. Right now mine is sitting in a tidy pile with the other historical mementos, all still out where I can see them: A program with inaugural sticker, the ticket, the Opening Day hat I bought, the rally towel, the used napkin from my Opening Day hot dog. (Kidding on the napkin). But frankly in a year or two I doubt the lanyard's going to be the thing that evokes nostalgia. It's meant to be used.
It looked pretty cool Opening Day because everyone had one and most people wore theirs. It is pretty handy for keeping your ticket accessible and in pristine condition. But what happens Monday, the start of the team's first real homestand? Is anyone going to remember to bring it with them Monday morning for the game after work? If I bring mine, will I be the only one wearing it? Will I look dorky if I do?
My next game isn't until Wednesday. Maybe someone going to Monday's game can clue me in on the lanyard scene so I'll know what to do.
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