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I am always having to consult my kids for technical skills I have not acquuired (how do something with my cellular phone, how to download a certain program....) so spend a lot of time feeling behind the times. While stuck in traffic today I found myself pondering skills I (or peers had) that I realize my kids will probably never learn (unless they own an antique store or do historical reenactment work!) I thought the Parent Cafe gang could help round out my starter list: Skills We Acquired and Needed--at one time
checking arithmetic by "casting out 9s"
doing square root by hand
using a slide rule
taking "short hand" notes or dictation
changing a typewriter ribbon
correcting a mimeograph
using a dial phone
sprinkling clothes and starching a shirt (our gym clothes no less!)....
jump right in, I know I'm not the only dinosaur out here...