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Well, to be honest, the last time I needed cursive...
I had a computer at a very early age (when I was 7 years old, 7 years old was early) and I never really did write a lot.
A University professor once noted "your cursive writing is at the level of a 3rd grader, but that also makes it very readable."
And that's really only where I used it, in school.
At least I don't need you for my online shopping needs (I'd need an extra order of eye bleach )
Cursive writing isn't all that useful, actually. In the Peoples' Republic of California, when I was a kid, we were taught block printing until the 3rd grade, then we had to master cursive. When I was in 2nd grade, my school didn't have enough students for a 2nd grade class, so they stuck me in a 2nd/3rd mixed class, where the teacher made us all learn cursive. Half way through the year, they found more 2nd grade kids, and split the class. Our new teacher punished me for writing cursive, and forced me to go back to block printing. I haven't been able to write in cursive style with much skill ever since. Frankly, I don't miss it a bit...
Looking at what the world has come to, I am happy that I am as old as I am.
I recognize that youth of today have the same right as I had when I was that age, to go for their own generation's music, movies, litterature (or rather: lack of it), social conventions, food habits, ... you name it.
But it isn't my way. Quite far from it. It is far from my ideals and tastes. I could of course turn into a grumpy old man, spending the rest of my life complaining about how bad youth are today, how they ruin the world. It would be of no use - grumpy old men never stopped a society from developing.
I know well that today's young generation doesn't create a very much "worse" world than our generation did, it is just different. So different that I don't feel at home in it. If I had an opportunity to sit watching it for another 100 years, moving further and further away from my wishes every year, I would have gone crazy from frustration. I would rather lie down when I still feel that I can "tolerate" the modern world, even though I am far from enjoying it. I guess I can take another 20 or 30 years, but not much more. I wouldn't mind if it happened much faster.
That's the funny part. I've exercised consistently since I was 30. I'm now 58 and I run 15-20 miles a week, lift weights twice, and in the warm weather bike on the weekends. I have fairly extensive osteoarthritis that has reduced my pace from 8:30 minute miles to 10:15 on really good days when running. Lifting weights is affected more by the statin drug I take for cholesterol than the arthritis. My biking is the only thing that doesn't seem affected by my aging. I cruise at 16-18 mph on the flat, 50+ mile rides are , and I can still climb the Devil's Backbone[^] (a local half-mile steep hill) without getting up out of the seat most of the time.
Based on the old folks who I saw at my 40th high school reunion a month ago, I don't even like to think what it would have been like if I'd been sedentary all these years. I don't mind the pain from working out so much.
I've hiked, biked, kayaked, camped , etc. most of my life and arthritis is getting so bad in my knees and hands it's limiting what I can do. I'm 70 and I look around at my peers and I thank god that's all that's wrong! (Hopefully)
Going to go get fitted for knee braces in a couple of hours, hopefully that will help.
They call me different but the truth is they're all the same!
I'm 70 and I look around at my peers and I thank god that's all that's wrong!
I ride a bike tour that includes a fair-sized group of retirees. We've got folks in their 70's and 80's riding 45-65 miles a day for a week. A few of them get off the bike, pull a collapsible cane out of their cargo bag, and hobble off. I want to be like them when I grow up .
Mike Hankey wrote:
Going to go get fitted for knee braces in a couple of hours, hopefully that will help
My running partner at work had his hip replaced three years ago, and a shoulder two weeks ago. He's out for 2-3 months. Our running joke (pardon the pun) has been:
"We have the technology. We can rebuild him. He's the $60,000 man."