I had one of those "get to know you" fill in tests the other day - one of the questions was "What was your favorite toy"... I put TYPEWRITER... someone sent me an email & asked, "Seriously?"
Oh yes... I have been typing as long as I can remember... here is proof. I found this picture the other day. My mom marked it on the back - "Bec 3 years old - loves to type on Papaw Beanblossom's Typewriter". That is my great grandfather... & yes - this is the good old fashion, his the return bar ON TOP of the machine (not some fancy "Return" or "Enter" key) & the type where the "sticks" would get STUCK & you'd have to push them all back down... & Nope, not auto correct on this baby....
My brother is 6 years older then me & when he learned how to type, he came home & taught me - so I "officially" knew how to type still at a pretty early age. My fingers were also in proper alignment! No "pecking" for me.
And this is where I REALLY show my inner nerd... guess what I'd do for summer vacation? I'd take my books - because you all know me - I've always been a big book person - & no, that's not the nerdy part. The nerdy part is I would take my books & type them out... FOR FUN!!!! Yep - I'd type the stories out. I have no idea what I would do with them - I just had fun typing them. Is there a NERD ANONYMOUS button I can get somewhere?
When I was about 13 - I got my first ELECTRIC typewriter..... if they had "Sweet Sixteen" on MTV at that time - I would have probably thought I deserved to be on there for that gift. I thought there was nothing BETTER!!!! It even had.... gasp.... auto correct!!!!! & the auto return.... Life was so good!
And then when I got to high school & I took my "first" typing class - I STARTED at 90 words per minute! Yep - easy A+ in that class! I felt so bad that jr.'s in high school were learning where to put their FINGERS... what was wrong with these people? And this is before computers were a norm... like kids today - they already "GET" the typing thing... not back "in the day"... I sound so old - dont I? hehe!!!
Can you imagine my delight now that on Facebook, there is a GAME called "Typing Maniac".... I am in HEAVEN with this game... nothing makes me happier then testing my typing skills. So far, on that, I think I've gotten to level 21 or 22... & gotta try & get one more level up each time. I feel like a kid again - my fun of typewriting "gaming" STILL LIVES!!!!
See - told you - I'm a nerd... just another reason...
What was your favorite toy as a kid? Anyone else a typewriter freak?