Sunday, August 29, 2010
Memories of old
I love that opening line from "Lucky Number Sleiven"!
Old typewriters. That's my old school. Only they didn't even have letters on the keys...they were blank...yes, BLANK.
The only way you know what each meant was to look up at the pull-down. There was your only reference to where each key was placed. You had to imagine each key's placement.
It was a way to teach you how to type without looking at anything else but the source material. You can't look at the keys or the paper. You had to look at the source, type it, correct it, and do it without backspacing.
This was my early learning. And I still retain it.
I can easily take a piece of paper, hand written or typed, and just type it out at 60 WPM...spelling and grammar corrected.
And because of that training, I think that way. When I write a story, a blog post, or an e-mail; I think in typing. It's an early gift.
In fact, when I started my first UNIX programming job, I had to work with international keyboards. I had to program on their keyboards, when things got harry. Many times the keyboards swapped keys, like 'Y' for 'Z', and shit like that. But, being so young and flexible, I could easily compensate. I don't think I can do that now. However, I still maintain my 60 WPM speed.
And again, it's because of the early training. I learned how to type without looking at anything. It became learned early on in me. My hands have never failed. I've never experienced anything even close to carpal tunnel.
I think...and the words just come out. If I had to write something on paper, I don't know if I could do it. It's not that I don't know how to spell and need a computer to help me. I can type faster with correct spelling than anyone can really just type. I type at 60 WPM spelling corrected!
And I can't find a job.
I fucking hate that. I'm talented. I've got an IQ of 221. I can build a computer from scratch. I know motherboards, memory speeds, hardware compatibility, how to repair ANY computer.
And I can't land a job.
It's like every employer is scared of me. And I'll take any little job. I've had interviews, but no one calls back.
It's not like I have a criminal history. There's no problem there.
It's that I do not have a history of supporting myself. In this recession, employers are only interested in people that have not had a problem supporting themselves. The rest be damned.
Their looking for the finest...and they wont find it in me.
I need a job. I'm talented. And I'll do anything.
I just need a job.
-- Without Wax