Friday, June 7, 2013
On Operating a Typewriter
It is scary how some everyday things of my youth have become obsolete, and thus almost unknown to younger generations like my kids. Some of these things have, however, become cool. Case in point: the typewriter.
My brother-in-law gave this one to my son, who promptly set it up and started using it. I have to say, it was strange and oddly comforting to hear the sound of a typewriter's chatter again. Soon, however, my son reached an impasse: How do you get to the next line? Mom to the rescue: You give that lever in the back a shove. Next problem: How do you get capital letters? Ah! You press that Shift key down really hard, and (extra trick) to type in ALL CAPS, there's another key you have to press and then the whole carriage remains elevated.
Soon, he was merrily typing along, and I was secretly proud that for once I could show him how a gadget works.