Yesterday was a family day. We drove about 65 miles to Apache Junction for dinner with Terry’s parents, sisters, and a couple of other family members. Great food with great people that you love – it just doesn’t get much better than that.
Terry’s dad and mom, Pete and Bess Weber, are active and always a lot of fun to be with. Can you believe that at almost 79 years old, Pete took a job a while back as a WalMart greeter and stocker?
Terry’s youngest sister, Lisa, and her husband Jim were there, and I never pass up an opportunity to tease and flirt with Lisa. She’s absolutely gorgeous and a favorite of mine. Brother-in-law Jim is an easygoing guy whom I always enjoy visiting with.
Dani, the middle sister, is a beautiful woman that has worked as a flight nurse practitioner for an air evacuation company for years. A while back Dani took an administrative position with the company, but she still gets some flight time in now and then. Several years ago Dani was featured in an A&E television program on paramedics and other emergency medical professionals.
Dani’s daughter Lauren was also there. Lauren is a journalist who is a rising star in the Phoenix media scene. Since I’ve been involved in the newspaper business for so much of my working life, I always enjoy talking to Lauren about her work.
I’ll admit that this young woman managed to remind me just what a dinosaur I am, though, when she said she was fascinated by old time manual typewriters. “Old time?” I learned to hunt and peck on one of those old clunkers, but I guess to someone who grew up in the computer age, it really is ancient technology.
The equipment may have changed, but I’m afraid that I have not. I’ve never managed to get past being a two fingered typist, even with all of the hours I sit in front of a keyboard every day. I wish I really knew how to type. Between the blog, articles for the Gypsy Journal, my three websites, and my ongoing book projects, I crank out anywhere from 500 to 5,000 words a day with my primitive typing method.
Actually, I’m pretty fast with my pair of pudgy little digits, and thanks to my computer’s spell check feature, sometimes I can even read my work when I’m done. But I have always regretted that I never took a typing class. I keep wondering if one of those Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing lesson programs could teach this old dog a new trick or two. Has anybody out there ever tried them? If so, how did it work out for you?
Thought For The Day – Always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.