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A Question…
Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’m still fighting the flu. Yesterday and today I have managed to make it out of bed, but my joints ache, so my fingers hurt when I’m typing. Go figure. I know, wah-wah! I’m such a baby. No writing all week, and it means I’m going to miss a deadline, which scares me, but not enough to chase away this cruddy infection. I hope y’all aren’t having to deal with it. My SIL and my mother were hit last night. My mother at least had a flu shot, so hopefully she won’t be laid low for long.

So, while I toddle off to wrap up in a warm blanket, answer me this…

What high school class do you wish you’d taken or paid more attention to?

I’m thinking about this because I had the chance to take typing, but turned up my nose. And when I entered the military, I was very glad I couldn’t type. Back then, women were often shunted toward admin jobs, despite their training. The first time my commander asked me to type a letter for him, I did the old single digit hunt and peck to find the keys of the typewriter. He never asked again.

However, here I am—a writer. And I only use three fingers on either hand to type. I’m wondering how much faster I could be if I’d taken that class…

So your turn now!

21 comments to “A Question…”

  1. Stacy
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am · Link

    I wish I had taken Spanish. I took French in high school and still remember some, but I had to take Spanish to get my Business Degree (who knew) and just learned enough to pass the classes now I wish I knew Spanish because so many people speak it and it would be great to be bi-lingual.



  2. Teresa Hughes
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am · Link

    I wish I had paid attention in Home Economics. The teacher tried to teach us to cook but I didn’t pay attention. The first time I made Mac & Cheese I had to read the directions on the box! I have learned to cook of the years but still can’t do anything complicated.



  3. Lisa Samuel
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:18 am · Link

    I am sitting here trying to think about what class I wish I had done or done better in but it’s difficult! :-(
    I think it would have to be to do all of them again better because I didn’t really consider how important and valuable they would bf in my work life and now it’s to late! :-( :-( xxx



  4. Brenda
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    I wanted to take Home Ec. in high school but I was college prep and they couldn’t fit Home Ec. into my schedule. I went on to college and have a great job but I still don’t cook well nor do I sew…two things that I use everyday. (My mom still sews for me, Thank God!)



  5. Sabrina York
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am · Link

    Grammar. LOL.



  6. Lisa J
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 11:16 am · Link

    Definitely typing class. I took the class, but the teacher stood behind me elling, “Concetrate class. Keep your eyes on the paper and CONCENTRATE!” I am not a touch typist to this day and I am an admin, so not a good thing. :lol:



  7. Deb Carter
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 11:26 am · Link

    I have thought about this for a bit and I think grammar would be the top and also typing. It’s funny but I also didn’t want to take those type of classes because I didn’t want to be doing what women was expected to do. Also might have been put in the office of my commanders in the army if I could have typed. I was lucky enough to have an MOS that was high in demand. I was a radio repair person and so was needed to stay in the position I was in.



  8. Rita Wray
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 12:03 pm · Link

    I’m a single digit hunt and pecker myself. I wish I had taken typing.



  9. Monica Britt
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Link

    I wish I’d taken choir. I love singing but I was too chicken to put myself out there. Typing and grammar were good places to hide for me. :-)



  10. Angel
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 1:13 pm · Link

    I took typing but I already knew how to type. I taught myself when I was younger on my mothers old typewriter. I should have learned proper grammar but I ignored all that which I regret now.



  11. ronnie cornett
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 1:40 pm · Link

    I’m also thinking typing…I suck at it now!!!



  12. Rachelle Lerner
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I wish I could still use the French I learned in French class.



  13. Janice Hougland
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    So sorry you have the flu. It is a nasty one that came this year. I had it and it lasted three weeks!

    Yes, you would be able to type faster if you’d taken a typing class. I learned on a manual typewriter (can you believe it?!) and progressed to electrics…then the transition to a computer was easy and quick. But…I’ve heard some writers still use longhand even…so just do what you must to do what you want to do. It’ll turn out fine…witness your book writing rep to date! :wink:



  14. Janice Hougland
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Sorry, I went on and on a moment ago and didn’t really answer your question. What class do I wish I’d paid more attention to in high school? None. I was in high school “back in the day” when we were in school from 8 am until 3 pm five days a week…and we even had home economics classes! I had a university prep schedule and took everything I could get my hands on…didn’t miss a thing.



  15. Melissa Porter
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 7:34 pm · Link

    Web design. I just did not see the point at that time in my life. Now… I wished I had. A friend of mine does it for a living and makes a killing off from it. And she does it from her home.



  16. Cynthia (aka Artemis)
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Music. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Learn to read music. Never to late to start….



  17. Belinda Baker
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      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:18 pm · Link

    :( Sorry to hear you are still sick. My daughter was so bad she had to finally get a gammagloblin(sp?) shot (big needle, thick medicine that leaves a not for a long time). She is getting better now.

    In high school I took everything they would let me, even if I had to drop out of another class to take it – that happened once. My regret had to do with my school being a little behind the times and we didn’t have advanced classes and had strict requirements for a large number of classes. When I enlisted they wanted me in computers and this was when they were a thing of the future, not the norm.

    Get well soon! :wink:



  18. Mary Preston
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      · January 19th, 2013 at 3:20 am · Link

    I did study French at High School, but I wish I had pursued it further.



  19. Delilah
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      · January 19th, 2013 at 10:25 am · Link

    I’m reading so many regrets! And you’re all making me want to find a typing class or buy a Rosetta Stone package! :) Thanks for playing!



  20. ELF
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      · January 22nd, 2013 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Sorry to be so late responding…I wish I had started my science classes earlier but I DID take typing instead…and I am glad that I did, it came in handy, especially now, lol.



  21. Z
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      · January 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm · Link

    The only classes that I didn’t probably take enough of was science class, you’ll hate me I usually got straight A’s. I loved school especially my Math and History classes. I took hard classes and was 8th in my class, I know you hate me.
    Z