UAL; I think it is interesting that a young person pf your generation has noticed this. In my own case, I never did have handwriting that satisfied me, and from about high-school on for quite a few years, I hand "lettered" everything, (something I picked up from a mechanical drawing class in HS
); Finally, years later, I bought a very nice IBM Selectric typewriter and resolved to teach myself to type. ( this is before computers came along ) I never became very fast, but I was using all 10 fingers. ( at least my fingers kind of remembered where the keys were ) Anyway, a few years passed, and as I always did a lot of woodworking, I had a few power tools. One day while at my oldest daughter's house, she needed some small pieces of cedar cut; my radial arm saw was in her garage, as I had just built a new room onto her new home; without going into detail, I did a very foolish thing, and in just 1/100 of a second, I ended up with 1/2 of a right thumb, and 1/3 of a right index finger. ( so far, they have never grown back )
The trip to the hospital was a "comedy of errors"...........the ambulance arrived fairly timely, but they explained that they first had to return to their "garage", whatever, and upon arriving there, there was a very long "conversation" relative to.......who was going to drive the ambulance from there, to the hospital in down-town Cincinnati; this all took maybe 45 minutes or so, by which time it was now "rush hour" in Cincinnati ! I will never forget that "ride / trip" !
Finally after arriving at Cincinnati General Hospital, they wheel me in, and two young fellows came up, ( appearing to be about 20 yrs old or so ), one young fellow introduced himself as " I'm Dr. ( forget at the moment ) Anyway, my son-in-law, Fred, had the missing "pieces" all wrapped up in ice cubes, etc. and he handed them to the Doctors; they took them to ..............(where ever they take severed pieces to ); a short time later the Doctor tells me........."seldom do we see severed "parts" in such exquisite, well cared for condition ! However..........here's "the deal"; yeah, we can sew them back on; the problem being........your age;" Damn......don't tell me "old guys" get discri......"hold it he says.......you misunderstand; it's not what you think; all "re-attachment" procedures (on average) require maybe 12 to 18 months of healing, rehab, what ever, AND
, best case scenario, something like 55% are failures, and we have to go back and amputate, and start all over with the whole thing ! OR
......best advice.........we do a "partial" amp. right now ( just enough to have enough skin to close up the "end", and you will be back to work in 30 days ! Who would ever have thought it ! I have been extraordinarily lucky all my life, in that the very finest the medical profession has to offer, seem to always "be there" when I need them the most ! As it turned out, these two "young guys" were the two best hand surgeons of this century ! EVERYTHING worked, exactly as explained; 30 days later I was ready to go back to work;
had a bit of a problem with Complete Auto Transport though; "sorry Charley, gotta have all your fingers to load and unload cars ! Gotta have a release from the Company Doctor, ( and he works for us ) Well, 2 more Doctors and the Teamster's lawyer settled that B/S VERY QUICKLY ! I went back to work, became the only 8-fingered car hauler in recent times, and retired 6 or 7 yrs later ! However...........
By this time, and I suppose because of all the "confusion", all of my 8 remaining fingers had by now completely forgotten where all those letters and numbers are, on all these damned little keys; so now, I'm back to an odd mixture of "hunt & peck", as far as typing is concerned;
Probably the craziest thing of all is, because of the way I am "obliged" to hold a pen in my right hand, it looks really "bizarre"; even crazier is...........my handwriting has for some strange reason, actually improved quite a bit ! But I don't use it that much.
I don't know if I should tell you this or not; you may think I "tend" to type "long" replies; guess what.........necessity is the mother of invention folks ! I need all the practice I can get !
Great thread UAL !
And Happy New Year to everyone !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein