No more cursive or facts or “not” in the right place……

Just listened to a discussion on NPR about public schools that are abandoning the teaching of cursive.  Heard one expert say some things that were astonishing in their lack of, how shall I put it,  logic, common sense, supportable factual content…..


a)  Daydreaming while writing with pen and paper is the same as surfing while writing on a computer.  My guess is that this depends on the individual.  I know I can’t get NFL scores by daydreaming, and I know I waste much less time daydreaming than surfing.

b)  Multitasking is not possible while writing with pen and paper but a given while writing on a computer.  Huh?  It’s a well-know fact that guys can’t multi-task, and I’m a guy.  So this difference doesn’t matter.

c)  Disagreeing with a comment that these days everybody has a computer one of the experts said: “Everybody does not have a computer,” which of course is clearly not true, because I’m a member of the group called “everybody” and I have a computer.  Hint: it’s a matter of where to place the word “not.”  If she had said not everybody has a computer my cage would have remained in an unrattled state, but to say everybody does not have a computer rattles my cage with vigor.  And it scared me, because I thought the next comment would be that we must petition the federal government to get busy and make certain “everybody” has a computer.

I already knew kids weren’t learning cursive from handwriting samples collected from children and grandchildren.  The girls do well, but the samples from the boys might as well be drawn on the walls of caves.  Opinion: cursive should still be taught.  And thank-you notes and birthday wishes and sympathy cards and other greeting cards should be hand-written, despite my habit of late to forget every occasion for which I once used hand-written cards and instead sitting at my computer shame-faced selecting an e-card the day of the event.  Or later.

Is it just me?


Hip replacement update

Saw the doc today.  Can’t get in for the replacement until early to mid September.

That’s the big news.  The rest of the consultation answered all my questions about type of replacement (titanium and plastic), length of surgery (1 hour), length of recovery (6-8 weeks, although Cousin Ed says shorter), therapy (walk a lot), how long in hospital (couple nights), and how long the replacement lasts (it will probably outlast me).

More later.

Meanwhile, I’s stocking up on ibuprofen and getting the golf clubs ready.

Ibuprofen Rules

Haven’t been writing much lately.  My excuse this time: left hip hurts when I sit for longer than ten minutes or so, and I don’t have a stand-up desk.  Doctor’s advice: new hip.  My thought: yikes!  Friend of mine showed me an x-ray of his new hip – thought it was a photo from i-Robot out-takes.

When I calmed down and realized I’ve ben popping a bottle of ibuprofen a day (I exaggerate of course), I reached out for the Humana website to find an in-network orthopedic surgeon.  Found several, but it turns out I also have to find one that operates in the two Humana in-network hospitals in Raleigh.  Not the easiest of tasks, although I did find one who operates in an in-network hospital in Cary, a longer trip from Wake Forest than we’d like, but it’s in-network and therefore not as expensive as Rex Hospital, the one I’d rather use.  As for the surgeon, his website offers quite a bit of information, including his having graduated from the Fargo, ND medical and auto air conditioning repair school (just kidding of course), but doesn’t show his med school grades, particularly the one he got in hip replacement.

Nevertheless, I hope to have a new left hip in the next week or two and be back in shape for writing, vacuuming, grandpa duty, and golf by the end of September.

Meanwhile, to paraphrase a Zen saying: After enlightening, the ibuprofen.