Well, it is that time of the school year again. It is time to sharpen my typing skills and mouse movement skills for the blogs that I am going to be posting here. Oh joys! I like to write but to be quite honest, I miss my old reliable manual typewriter. Click, click, click, tap, ding. Click, click, click, tap, ding. However, I do not miss the correction tape nor the messy ribbons and much less all those sheets of paper that I had to discard because of all the boo-boos. Lol.
When I was in eighth grade, I had a teacher blame me for something that I did not do. He came to my desk and picked me up by my ear and walked me to the principal’s office. Along the way I punched him because he was hurting me. At the principal’s office he informed the principal that I punched him but he did not tell the principal that he dragged me by my left ear.
Anyways, I was suspended until I wrote out 1000 times, “I will respect my teachers and behave in class.” A week vacation, yipee! Right. As soon as I got home I started my assignment using a pad and pen. Got bored and moved on to a typewriter. Got tired and started using carbon copy paper (why didn’t I think of that sooner?!) The following week I turned in my assignment. The principal asked his secretary to count all the lines. Boy was I mad when she discarded my carbon copies. I challenged the principal and told him (by the way, we kids all called him Topo Gigio – like the puppet – because he was short and really chubby – just like the puppet) that he never said I could not use carbon paper. He just told me that I had to write it out 1000 times but he did not specify how I could or could not do it.
Well, guess who won that conversation?! That’s right… he did. Another three days suspension plus I had to complete the assignment. Luckily I had an compassionate and understanding mom whose son could never do no wrong. Sigh. Fond memories. LOL