Daily Prompt – Pens and pencils

Todays Daily Prompt asks when us to describe when we last wrote something substantial by hand.

Wow, what a question!  In truth I have absolutely no idea.  It has certainly been over a decade since I last wrote a letter by hand.  When I travel to gigs and do not take my laptop then any notes I want to write are recorded on my iPad which I clip into a bluetooth keyboard.

Before I retired I would write down the notes of meetings in a book, but as a result that would probably amount to no more than a list of bullet points.  I have never kept a journal or diary so nothing to draw on there.

In truth I do not miss long hand writing things.  I can type more quickly that I can write, my computer auto corrects any spelling errors and helps with any grammatical errors.  The digital world means that you do not have to keep folders full of hard copies and storage is so much easier.  There is another reason that I don’t miss hand writing things and it is my deep dark secret!  My handwriting is appalling, akin to the wanderings of a drunken spider dipped in ink crawling across the page.

So, no thanks, you can keep your pens and pencils.  I will keep my keyboards 🙂

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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