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Lynda73

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Whatever happened to the "cents" symbol on the keyboard?  Whose decision was it to have us type $0.xx instead of the simple cents?  I want to back!
 
I think I'm getting some strange retro yearnings lately.  Last month I purchased a spiffy new cartridge pen.  And I LOVE it! 

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It's a lot of trouble  but in Windows go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. You will find quite a number of special characters there.  You will need to select, copy and paste. It's much easier to use $.01 than 1ยข.

BTW, I still have a slide rule.

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I have 3: a Post, a Pickett, and a K&E (Keuffel & Esser).

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Retro Yearnings!

I wonder if such "yearnings" arise from our instinctive nature, to go back to the more familiar, the more comfortable? Back to the womb?        

Come to think of it. I betcha Curatolo still has his slide rule too. 

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 Wouldn't leave home without it.  A Keuffel and Esser.

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I have to admit, I also use my cartrige pen from time to time...Theres something about it that is very classy- even though you might get a bit of ink on your fingers if you hold the pen too close to the point....I'll bet if I had one of those pens you fill from the ink bottle, I would use it from time to time, also... KJF'66.

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(1)  For the life I me, I can't imagine why someone thought the  " ^ " would be more feasible than the cents sign.
 
(2)  I love my cartridge pen.  I actually have three - but my new one is my favorite.  And no one ever borrows my pen and accidentally walks away with it.  (To be honest, I can't remember the last time anyone asked to borrow my pen). 
 
(3)  I no longer have a slide ruler, or even a compass.  I'm out of the 'geek' club for sure!
 
Some things may be a yearning for the familiar -- but there are some things I would not change!  Like ... my digital camera!  I love being able to take a ton of pictures, see them instantly, share them immediately, etc.  And, obviously, my computer (although I don't know what they were thinking with Vista!  oOf).
 
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In the third grade I had major problems with my Sheaffer. Being left handed with the over hand grip everything I wrote smeared. Sister Philomina finally caved and let me use a ballpoint.
This one picture below now goes for 48 bucks. 

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The most expesive that I ever had was the "Pilot Pens" with the hard metal points and usually went for $.99 to $1.49 EACH. Until I stopped off at Staples every month, I'd thought nothing about buying $10 worth every day.


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Am I reading this right?  $10 worth of pens a day???

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Not every day. More like 2 times a week.
The way that I'd lose pens, it was a good investment.

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My pet peeve is the placement of the "Caps Lock" key.  Why can't they put it further away from the "Shift" key?  Most people don't glance up to look at the monitor to realize that they've inadvertently hit "Caps Lock" until they've typed a sentence or two.  Then you have to go back and re-type the whole thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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About 15 years ago, I spent about $60 and treated myself to a Waterman fountain pen at Fahrney's pen store a few blocks from the White House in Washington ... not to be confused with the White House bar on 35th Avenue just west of Steinway Street in Astoria / Long Island City !!  Fahrney's had some very pricey pens for sale, too rich for my tastes.

Although I don't use it as much as I thought I would (holding a pen and writing is not as easy as it used to be due to carpal tunnel syndrome), I made a point of using it to sign documents I considered to be important. It was designed to use either ink cartridges or to be refilled from a bottle of ink.

I must admit I do not like the small keyboards on PDA devices such as Blackberry and Palm, so I avoid text messaging.  Those people who do send a text message to me every now and then know not to expect atext message reply from me.  I prefer a bigger keyboard ... much easier to use when working with a computer.    

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I too do not care for the small key boards on cell phones and other texting devices. Actually I don't care much for texting or instant messaging unless it is brief comments. When I want to have a discussion with someone I'd rather talk directly to the peron. Or e-mail them. Can't remember the last hand written letter I wrote.

The point I wanted to make is that I find it harder and harder to read people's handwritting when they do write with a pen or pencil. I free good penmanship is a lost art form. It's sad to think that I can actually tell from  someone's hand writting that they went to Catholic grammer school. Not sure it's the same today, as my daughter's hand writting isn't all that great after 8 years Catholic grammer school and 3 year plus Catholic HS.

I also notice that people can tell I went to a Catholic grammer school from comments like, " you have nice hand writting did you go to a Catholic school?". 

My job is in technology, but I still take a good deal of hand written notes. My feeling is the ability to write script or even print for that matter with pen and paper is soon to be gone forever, due to lack of use or messages being unreadable.

Along with proper spelling, LOL, ttyl , type expressions talking over. Not that I was ever a great speller and I do love spell check. but just another skill we are giving away. I do notice that spell check has a draw back, if the user does not have a strong vocabulary they often choose the wrong, word correctly spelled.

Thanks for allowing me to vent.
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I with you Bill. Just signing the charge slip for a rail ticket last month, the agent said, "What clear handwriting, I can actually read your signature.  I'll bet your were taught by nuns too."


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