The End of the World

end of the world

So today according to the Mayans the world is going to end.  I’ve given this some thought and decided to

  • Spend all the money in the bank account
  • Buy everything I ever wanted and max out the credit cards
  • Complete everything on my Bucket List that one can do in a day
  • Mortgage the house so that I can do all of the above and more

But then I had the thought – what if the world doesn’t end today?  Oh then I shall be in a whole lot of trouble.  Dug in so deep I may never see daylight.

So back to my normal if humdrum life.  What do I want to talk about today.

Well – there is only 3 days 11 hours and 24 minutes (who cares about the seconds when we are so close) until Christmas.  How about you – click here to see.

And I then thought about writing on my blog and how writing and the implements we use, have changed over the years.

pencilWhen I first went to school we learned to write using a pencil.  This was good because mistakes could be easily erased.

pen and ink

From there, once somebody determined we were sufficiently skilled, we moved on to writing with pen and ink.
What a mess we all made in the beginning.  Splotches and blotches everywhere.

fountain pen

From there we moved on to fountain pens.  How pleased and proud we were of our first ‘real’ pens.
As with all things we quickly got used to using them but now instead of blotches and splotches on the paper we had inky fingers where the pen leaked.

Pen

At some stage we moved on to ballpoint pens and I guess most of us use ballpoints for everyday handwriting tasks.

Early typewriterand then some of us learned to type.  As I have said in the past, I learned on a clunky Underwood very like the one shown here.
We had typing lessons for only six months when I was at school but those lessons have stood me in very good stead over the years.

IBM Selectric TypewriterThen several other typewriters including the IBM Golf ball that we thought was so very advanced and we all loved it, particularly when the correcting ribbon was introduced.  No more rubbing out – hooray!

LaptopAnd now of course there are computers.  What a wonderful invention and so very easy to learn to type on them.

But there are some pitfalls of relying on technology.  Here’s a clever verse that was sent to me some time ago and I should like to share it with you.

It’s an Ode to Spellcheckers

Eye halve a spelling chequer
it came with my pea see
it plainly marques four my revue
Miss takes eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
and wait four it too say
weather eye am wrong or write
it shows me straight aweigh

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee four two long
and I can putt the error rite
Its rare lee ever wrong

Eye halve run this poem threw it
Am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer has tolled me sew!”

See you tomorrow after the End of the World.

Christmas bells

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32 responses to “The End of the World

  1. Thx for the memories. 🙂 and the ode, what a hoot.

  2. That’s a great poem, and perfect for the spell checker. Fountain pens were a mess, weren’t they? I should like to try one again someday, now that I’m all grown up. I have nearly worn out the backspace button on my laptop! 🙂

  3. Hi Judith…Xmas is SO close and I have done NO shopping yet. The world had better not end…I have too much to do.

  4. I’m saving getting organized until after the end of the world just in case! Love the poem – my best spellcheck error was allowing it to change the name of my bank manager from Mr Moran to Mr Moron. More appropriate but…….

  5. What a fun post, Judith! I miss my Esterbrook ink pen but do not want to give up my laptop. Ode was great. Welcome back to the world!

    • I have sometimes thought of cancelling Christmas and last year, red boot time, I came really close. I think I had no decorations at all. So this year have reverted t normal. Love your poem but am also glad to see that you gave in. 🙂

  6. Judith,

    You kindled nostalgic memories.

    Can’t forget the days I wrote with G-nib pens dipping in the inkwells and using blotting papers after writing each sentence.

    In Sri Lanka where I grew up, when I was in the third standard my father bought me a Pilot pens (Rs. 3.50); and Parker 51 (Rs. 50 and above), was a luxury, for the grown ups.

    I learnt typing using a clickety clacking Underwood. In 1973, my secretary had the luxury of typing letters using IBM Golf ball typewriter that I used to use during her absence.

    Later in the mid 1980s dawned the era of writing using the computer and printing with dot-matrix printers.

    I am young. I celebrated my 71st birthday on December 18th. You can see it here: http://tvaraj.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/my-71st-birthday/

    By the way, Judith, it’s not proper to ask a woman her age, however, I am curious to know yours.

    🙂

    • yers I remember how very proud I was to receive a Parker 51 for my 11th (I think) birthday.
      IO loved the video of your 71st and in answer to your question I am 74. So you are not the oldest blogger on the planet – I am. 🙂

  7. A few more hours now until the end of the world. Well, at least we learned to write with pen and ink! Then we learned to type too. Would you count texting as an asset? Children are no longer learning penmanship in school. Ah, for the good old days of messy ink. 🙂

    • I only text with my grandchildren otherwise I don’t think there would be any communication. And it’s now 23rd of December here and the world is still revolving. 🙂

  8. We are stil all here so I’m glad I didn’t spend all my money and max out my credit cards! Thank heaven for computers though. LOve the ode to spell checkers.

  9. Love that picture! I’ve been so much enjoying everyone’s posts on this subject. It’s hilarious!!

    I believed it was possible, you know – & I actually still do. The Mayans could be a few days out!

    Great post 🙂

  10. Good thing you didn’t max out all your cards in the mistaken belief that the world would end before you had to repay the debt. 😉

    I loved the feel of typing on a typewriter . . . deliberately striking the right keys . . . but mistakes were messy . . . and my carbon copies looked even worse. Computers are easier if you want clean copies. 😀

  11. Reblogged this on Impressions and commented:
    This is pure nostalgia …

    I thank Judith Baxter for kindling nostalgic memories of my younger days. 🙂

  12. a great ode to spellchecker! I learned to write with a pen that had to be dipped into an ink well – no pencils for first graders in France!!

  13. I think the only writing I do by hand these days seems to be on the shopping list. 🙂

  14. German children usually are somewhat puzzled about the spelling of English words. If you spell the words the way they sound you can end up in some trouble. I heard people say: Oh, it’a so much easier to spell German words for you spell them the way they sound.
    When I’m not sure about the spelling of a word, I like to look it up on WordWeb. It beats having to look up words in a dictionary.

    I’m glad the world didn’t end – yet! We still have a bit of living to do, right? Especially the little baby from the funny picture!

  15. Thanks, Judith. Peter and I, we had a few set-backs after our return some six weeks ago. In the meantime everything is more or less back to normal. On a few things we still have a bit of catching up to do!

  16. Oh I am glad that all is well now.

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