Several years ago, I looked up at the monitor during a genealogy history writing session and thought my computer had gone wild. All of the letters in the words I had typed for the past ten minutes were in esrever (reverse) order.
I’m a geek in addition to being a genealogy grandpa. I explain technology to our kids and grandkids. Why couldn’t I figure out what had gone haywire in the software I was using?
After fussing with a number of hardware and software tests that didn’t find a problem, I started typing the history again.
There it was! The same problem!
What is going on?
I typed some random sentences on a test page. They were fine. No errors. No inverse character order. Then I turned my head to watch the action in the movie that was playing on my laptop while I worked. Bam… The error was back.
“You’ve got to be kidding!” It seems that after a long life of being able to engage in several concurrent activities with relatively good success, a wetware defect has surfaced.
When I get really tired and don’t watch the screen while I’m typing, my wetware cache buffer reverses and sends last in first out characters to the document I’m typing. I had to try the experiment quite a few times to believe it. I can’t type in reverse order when I‘m consciously thinking about it, but when conditions are right, when I’m extremely tired and it is very late at night, the signals from my brain to my fingers are 180 degrees out of order.
I’m sure there is a name for this problem. My wife helpfully suggested “A Manifestation of Craziness”. I can’t argue with that but hope it is something else.
One of my nephews is dyslexic and struggles with reading but has excellent motor and reasoning skills. Did he inherit the problem? I don’t know.
Is the problem unique to the two of us? Maybe not. While scanning documents recently, the signature of a great granduncle popped off the page when I glanced at it. He struggled to write his name correctly. He was a community and church leader, fairly well-to-do and very literate but his signature exposed the problem he had with dyslexia. Every character is a study in persistence. I can almost hear his thoughts as he described to his hand the lines, curves and slashes that were required to make a signature.
Have you found oddities in your own family history that may be inherited? Yes, I left a pause here for your husband / wife / kids to comment.
Have the oddities always been on full exhibit or are they like mine … hidden away in secret for a full lifetime until you were exhausted and not watching?
Everyone has to love family history. If not for any other reason than finding that you may have inherited your craziness or can at least blame it on your ancestors.Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2011-11-21 12:33:00
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