I Have Dad Hands!

Last Update: June 21, 2018

Is that a Thing?

I know about Dad Jeans. High-waisted, shapeless, worn by men refusing to admit to middle age (or greater!) Can we define Dad Hands?

I have tried and tried, but two-thumb keyboarding on my smartphone, even on my much bigger tablet, just doesn't work, I don't know how the kids manage to use their devices that way; it just feels uncomfortable to me....

Maybe it stems from the fact that I learned 'keyboarding' the summer between 7th and 8th grades, in junior high summer school. Of course it wasn't't called that; no one had a separate concept of a keyboard. All of it was a typewriter. Including the metal bar at the left-hand side that had to be hit every time the bell rang. Look it up: that's how typewriters used to work. And yes, I'm THAT old!

So now I remember, with great accuracy, the placement of all the keys so my one index finger moves back and forth pretty rapidly across the 'keys'. But I can't come close to the speed of the kids (are you one?) whose two thumbs seem to fly across the bottom of their phones! How can that be accurate? I wonder. Do they use spell check on every word?

But I'm resigned to my own particular speed, even when texting back and forth with my millennial nephews, when they get three messages sent to my one. Doesn't matter.

'Cause of another thing I learned way-back-when: slow but steady wins the race!


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WendaSue Premium
Hi Tim. LOL I learned to type on a typewrite exactly like you are talking about. I always say that's what made my fingers so strong. Can we have strong fingers? LOL
You're doing great, Dad hands and all!
All the best,
Wendi
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Flash4 Premium
Hi Tim,
I remember the old typewriters too, wasn't it good when the electric ones came out. I would still be reaching for the return handle.
I can manage the mobile OK but can only use my pointy finger to hammer out my message.
I have a separate keyboard for my laptop, boy it works well, I can get up a good speed and I love the clack clack it makes.
Trust we oldies finally get to the finishing line and complete our websites & continue to add content.
Thanks for the memory Tim.
Cheers Jae♫
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Trujunco Premium
Tim, Love the Turtle image and these are the thoughts I have of my running the race of life...I am also thinking of turning to run back toward my youth but someone told me it doesn't work that way. (My wife can be such a spoiler)

So I am content move toward the finish "Steady as She Goes" and by the way most people like yourself know the value of a steady mind and hand.

Glad you are here, Tim. Makes the journey believable!

Respectfully, David
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CDevonshire Premium
I learnt to type on a Monotype machine, look that one up, right next to Linotype.
Very different! But great for Dad's fingers.
Colin
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tobocrs Premium
Linotype I know; not Monotype, but I assume it's in the same family — typesetting? Am I close? What was your job: newspaper, magazine, general printing? Interesting piece of information!
Thanks for piquing my curiosity!
Tim
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CDevonshire Premium
Yes, both typesetting machines from the good old days of 'marching men of lead', I did all the jobs you mentioned. From Eton College exam papers to Slough dogs programmes. (That is greyhound racing!) I edited my own mag for 20 years.
Colin
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tobocrs Premium
Wow! Are you OLD!
....But your photo hints that I've got many years on you yet!
Tim
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CDevonshire Premium
That picture was taken at a football match this year. I am 60! I feel like a youngster.
Colin
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tobocrs Premium
OK, well I was right... I'm 73 but I picked extremely superior genes. When my mom died at 94 she still boasted an unlined face. Undoubtedly the German stock!
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MKearns Premium
I remember practicing on my old Royal Tim!
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tobocrs Premium
....and I'm pretty sure I used a Royal at one time or another.
Thanks for weighing in, Mike...
Tim
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