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November 8th, 2003

My Handwriting is Quite Awful

I’m not quite sure when it happened. Perhaps it was last year. Perhaps it was when I started using the Internet. But my handwriting is really quite awful.

I don’t know what I did. I used to have wonderful penmanship – wonderful. The Palmer Method taught me well; the year cursive was introduced to my brain, I latched onto it like nobody’s business. Perfectly-drawn characters, left and right! “Q” as “2!” You name it, it was beautiful.

I think once high school hit, that started to change. Printing came back, and cursive was shuttered to Christmas cards for a year before it vanished from my pen. For a while I chose, myopically, to write in ALL CAPITALS. My lowercase letters were just miniature uppercase letters. Annoying. Awful. Bad. I brought lowercase back into the fray, but over the next ten years or so my handwriting degraded to where it is today.

The only thing I like about my handwriting is the way I print a “G.” It’s “artsy.” But everything else? Chicken scratch. I’m having a hard time making a convincing lowercase “f” anymore, and “W” is starting to look a lot like a poorly-drawn “V.”

What happened? I can type well, and when I type, my letters look wonderful! The “g” is perfect, every time! The “W” resembles a “W,” as it should be. But when I write, I feel like I’ve lost something. Other people have thankfully verified this: my handwriting isn’t great anymore.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday November 7, 2003 -- 9:05:46 pm
If I print, the legibility decays rapidly, so I use caps too, pretending to be an architect.

Say Vandelay! Say Vandelay!!



FROM: elwood
DATE: Saturday November 8, 2003 -- 12:59:11 am
dnt need hndwrtng whn u hv im.



FROM: Kate
DATE: Saturday November 8, 2003 -- 1:24:44 pm
You're just out of practice. Try handwriting your Christmas cards or copying the dictionary or something. Learn calligraphy, even. It'd be fun!



FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 9:51:19 am
How can you write a ping about how bad your handwriting is and not put up a picture to show us just how bad it is!?!

I've known Paul for a few days now and I will varify his statement that he used to have very good handwriting. Back in school, we all wanted Paul handwriting. Now, I could sneeze better handwriting, it's terrible!



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday November 10, 2003 -- 10:06:18 am
The only thing I ever have to write with actual handwriting anymore are checks to pay the bills...or, at least, those bills that don't have online bill payment options.

God forbid I actually have to use cursive to write anything but my name..I've got my name down to a science, but ask me to write anything but "Dave Walls" in cursive, and I'm in real trouble.

I can still print like nobodys business, but I keep feeling like now that I'm an adult (age wise, at least), that I should be using cursive more often..I dunno, maybe I'm just lazy with the ease of typing something out quickly and not having to worry about it later..



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