Thanks D. I might go w/ side straps then. They'd be easier to add. I could do that myself. The second button puzzles me too. Two of the three have it. I figured it's there in case I need to tighten the waist, but only in an emergency, since that button would then be out of whack w/ the other nine or whatever. I used waistband pockets to store my ID and some money, when I lived in a dangerous neighborhood or still sometimes when I travel. But those are usually hanging inside the waist or inside the waistband itself. I did ask for one waistband pocket. I'm guessing he did two, since he likes symmetry. When I asked for one rear pocket, for example, he said it's best to do two or none.