Church key (was: Set-ups (was "Boilermakers"))
Joe_Pickett at HMCO.COM
Tue Apr 4 14:58:47 UTC 2000
I can second Larry Horn's testimonial--I also used and heard "church key" in
upstate NY (specifically Albany) in the 1960s.
A good follow-up question: what method did you use to open bottles when you
lacked a church key?
I recall three:
1. A screwdriver, working around the little indentations in the cap (which
entailed some deft artistry).
2. The metal end of a seat belt (another specialized skill), fixing the bottle
cap in the square hole.
3. The edge of a chrome fender (with a rapid blow by the heel of the hand onto
the bottle cap--a dangerous maneuver).
I confess I never excelled at these, but neither could I pass the macho test of
being able to break open the O made by folding up the clear plastic holder for a
six-pack of cans (is there a name for this?) by pulling the sides of the O with
both hands across the chest or behind the neck.
At times in life one confronts one's limitations . . .
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