Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time To Hit The Bricks

Grab your typer.  Pull out the dictionary and thesaurus.  It's writin' time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Battle of Marathon

Well, I have been practicing my typing and my hands are sore. I am also an uncoordinated klutz. I have to get my fingers to work independent of each other. I lift one finger and the rest follow instead of resting on the keys as they should. When I go to hit a key, my other fingers seem to follow along and several type slugs head for the platen. I know this will change in time, but for now it's a might frustrating.

As I mentioned earlier, this process gives me a wicked hand workout. They get tired and achy too. It reminds me of when I decided to run barefoot. That was a similar process which gave me quite a bit of discomfort while I learned a new way of running. But as my feet got stronger, my running improved. Best of all it was healing. Problems with my feet, knees, hips and back got better. I suspect the same will be true as I learn touch typing.

In the mean time I found a new device that works like a typewriter, but is a lot easier to carry around. It affords distraction free typing. It is quiet enough that I could work in public without disturbing anyone. I like it too because it gives my hands a good rest from all that touch typing on my iron word processors.

So what am I talking about? I'm talking about the AlphaSmart NEO. I understand this was a device designed in the early 2000s to help kids in school to learn type. I'm hoping it will teach this kid to type. Now I am learning to navigate this gadget. This NEO came loaded with the previous users files which I spent a good part of the morning eliminating. I feel ready to give this thing a shot.

Today was election day. I had my mail-in ballot all filled out and ready to go. I could have dropped it in the mail and waited for it to find its way to the polls. The local firehouse has a drop off for these ballots. I decided to hand carry my ballot to the drop box while on my run this morning. I parked at a nearby coffee shop, secured the ballot in hand and took off running. I arrived at the drop box soon enough and deposited my vote. Then I continued my loop until I completed the run.

I felt like Pheidippides. I was delivering the message to the city of Athens many miles away. Okay, so it wasn't some great long journey through treacherous country. I didn't die at the end either, but it was cold and foggy out, so there was some adversity. And, in the end, I did my civic duty. I got in some good exercise finishing with a brisk cup of very strong coffee loaded with heavy cream. Now that is a great way to start the day.

Typed on an AlphaSmart NEO and edited using Hemingway Editor.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

New Addition to the Family

My wife found this one at a local consignment shop. I found it in fair condition.  The keys felt gummy, but loosened with repeated use so I felt it could be fixed with a bit of cleaning.  On first look, it didn't appear too dirty.  I think it just stayed in its case and was well taken care of.  The asking price was a bit high for me so I worked with the shop owner and the seller.  A few back and forth calls and I got it reduced by about half.

Got off to Paul who did a great job cleaning it up.  He replaced the feet, which were very tired, but the rest of the rubber was in good shape.  Had a new ribbon installed too.  This types like brand new.  Want to see for yourself?  Write me a letter and I'll use it in my reply.

Keep on Typin'

Sunday, October 28, 2018