Thursday, February 09, 2012

Thursday Memes -- Things in a row -- Two Questions


Here are my 45 round things, the keys on this typewriter, neatly arranged in four rows. Plus a few other varied odd shaped keys.

I paid $5.00 for this old Underwood electric back when the college where I was teaching phased out typewriters in favor of computers with keyboards.

For more things in a row please visit Pat's Things in a Row post.
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And now for my Thursday Two Questions: (See Thursday Two Questions by Poetic Shutterbug for more reading. You could also make your own by checking in at this link.)

Last week the consensus of readers in your comments wanted to make sure that the kids didn't get spoiled with giving ice cream to help them stop their crying.

But most did have some sort of 'change the subject' type diversion which is great. There are too many kids with good reasons to be crying in this world of Seven (7) Billion folk to add ours who really shouldn't be unhappy and crying for all the advantages they have.

This week I did some reminiscing after finding my old typewriter on the floor of our utility room. I haven't used it in ages, not even after repairing a stuck ribbon shaft to restore it to operation.

I bought it mainly to fill in forms that really shouldn't be handwritten. Seems the computer is complicated in that matter although there are programs to help make this possible.

My two questions:

1. Did you learn to type? If so, was it on an electric or a manual, or even a computer keyboard?

2. Will your kids learn keyboarding in school?

I learned to type on the old manual typewriters. I preferred the Royals, perhaps our school had newer Royal machines that the others.

My class of 27 (if I remember right) consisted of 25 junior and senior girls and two of us fellows. This paid off for me when I went into the Army as I was slated for Clerk Typist school.

Of course I passed and could type well over 45 words per minute corrected. Fifteen WPM would get a fellow a Clerk MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) and over 45 got one a Clerk Typist MOS.

After graduation they kept me at the school to teach typing and personnel record keeping. I taught for a year until the school shut down. Then I was transferred to the Fort Bliss (at El Paso, Texas) Fifth Anti-Aircraft Division personnel office as a records clerk.

I still type very fast on the computer keyboards. Probably about 60 WPM when things are flowing right. Of course I'm a little slower than that when I am composing poetry for my other blog.

Bonus Question: Should keyboarding be a mandatory course in high school?

It has become that way in quite a few. Some even in junior high or middle school. I'm all for learning the keyboard to type with all five fingers without looking for them. At least 15 WPM would be nice, I think.

Lastly, you can count the keys on this LARGE PRINT typewriter pictured below. Please also note that it is a manual and not electric.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Open again — MidWeek Blues —

Our newest restaurant will soon reopen under new management (and ownership). The former customers are happy again and will be happier yet when it opens up in March.
This restaurant and another's of the previous ownership had been shut down because of nonpayment of taxes. I hope the lesson has been taken to heart by the new owner and there won't be any more problems. I blogged about that back in November (link).
Now just have good food. I don't know whether the saloon or the steakhouse will become the predominant revenue producer. We probably won't patronize either (those are my designated driver parking places with the blue signs) very much as we mostly head the other direction from our house and go into Conroe, our country seat, for eating out.
Our closest town, Willis, Texas, is 'growing 'a business center with a lot of fast food places at the I-45 Interstate Freeway connection. We've had MacDonald's, Jack-in-the-Box, and a chicken place and a Taco Bell in two of the gas stations. New is What-a-burger, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Wendy's (or could be Burger King as no sign up yet), Little Caesar's, and a new Taco Bell not in a gas station.
Montgomery, where our Post Office is located, has other restaurants but they are mostly 'in town' where the little antique shops and the like are located. I go there for back therapy right now but other than that and for taking visiting company there for shopping and eating it is in the wrong direction from us.
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If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did.
Oh yes, I picked this restaurant to post about today for MidWeek Blues because of its blue neon letters in the sign. The "O"neon is out on the RANSOM'S sign. I'm sure it will be fixed quickly. Oh.

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Sunday, February 05, 2012


A clean desk is the sign of an empty mind mused Eira. No clean desk nor an empty mind.

Not when speculating about Ron coming into her life.

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140 Characters as counted by Design 215
Story Copyright
© 2012 Jimmiehov
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°Written for Succinctly Yours – Week 46
°The word of the week, 'speculate', and the picture were selected by
°It's posted on her blog, Grandma's Goulash
°Her Rules: Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more.
°Using the word of the week is not required. This week I elected to use it, sort of.
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