The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.  …asdfghijk…asdffdsa….asdffdsa….yuiop…yuiop…. “Take off ten points for each error.”  The quick brown fox…  AsDfGhJkL…74 wpm take off 20 for two typos.  That’s not fair!  Seventy-seven wpm minus 30 for three errors.

Typing stress began to wear on me as revealed in a dream.  (I slept with my four-year-old sister, Karen.)

It was a killer typewriter choking me!  The frame at the keyboard edge was pressing across my throat.  I couldn’t breath.  Gasping for breath, I awoke.  Karen’s arm was across my throat.  Not a killer typewriter; just a loving sister.


A true story important in my life for the lesson that typing class taught me.  “Slow down and do it right first time.”


100 word photo prompt by Rochelle

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. shoreacres says:

    Now is the time for all good typists to come to the aid of their sisters…! If you know the brown fox, you surely remember that one.

    • oneta hayes says:

      No, I don’t remember that one. I am sure we must have had others but I failed to remember. Do you remember the typing books that folded from the top and stood as a triangle. The typing exercises had every 5th (or 10th) word numbered. That’s how we could tell how many wpm we were typing. I’m fascinated as I watch skilled fingers fly over the little keyboards on cell phones. Crazy how they do that.

      • shoreacres says:

        I do remember those typing books. And I remember steno pads, too. At one time, I actually could take a little stenography. That must make me about 163 years old. How things have changed!

  2. neilmacdon says:

    Loved the typo dream

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Neil. I haven’t read many today. Will try to get to the Froggie tomorrow. Husband and I did a lot of yard/patio work today. Staying at home as told.

  3. says:

    This is great. I had dreams like that while I was in typing class too.

  4. pranabaxom says:

    Reminds me of a serial that I recently saw in Netflix. Thriller. The ghost of a killer got entrapped in a typewriter and goes on in a killing spree.
    Maybe you have a story somewhere there.😀

  5. msjadeli says:

    A fun true story.

  6. granonine says:

    A delightful story, with a lesson I had to learn–slow and steady wins the race–and the good grade 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Sure was irritating to have to subtract 10 for each mistake. But the lesson is good. You have identified it well. Ah, I just thought of the Tortoise and the Hare. 😀

  7. Mike says:

    Sadly I have never got past slow on the typewriter. And the computer still challenges me to a duel🙂

  8. Dale says:

    I was immediately back in typing class in Grade 9!
    Well done!

  9. James McEwan says:

    The things that give us nightmares – sitting at the typewriter staring at a blank page.

  10. ghostmmnc says:

    Fun remembering when I learned to type that phrase. We had an old Underwood manual typewriter. 🙂

  11. Sandra says:

    I remember all those typing tests. I remember the ringing ears and the aching fingers too.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Odd that I don’t remember any finger aches. Seems sensible that they would have been achy. Your mentioning ringing reminds me of all those tings when everybody got to the end of their lines and then had to throw the lever to go back to the starting side of the paper. 😀 Thanks for commenting.

  12. Rockhorses says:

    I’m always typing! type, type, type, type, type, type, type, school, school, school, school, story, chapter, type, think, ugh, ugh, ugh! WAIT “ugh?” I’ve almost got nightmares myself! sleep, sleep, WAIT “sleep?” oh well, sleep, sleep, sleep… 🙂

    • Rockhorses says:

      I’m glad I’m born modern and don’t have to use a type writer. Typing right with a computer was hard enough the first few times! 🙂

      • oneta hayes says:

        When I first started using electric, I made many errors. I was used to letting my fingers rest on the keys. That slight pressure made the electric keys work. Oh, my, it was hard to change.

        • Rockhorses says:

          Indeed, I’ve never really even seen a type writer in person before. Times have changed fast.

        • Me too! Junior High typing class was a manual, and High School was an IBM Selectric. Sooo frustrating! But once I got the hang of it, there was no going back.

          • oneta hayes says:

            I was already on the payroll in Okla State Offices when I first got an electric typewriter. It would have been in the 50’s sometime. I seem to be ahead of you by several years. I’m glad I learned two hand typing rather than the index/thumb style. But some are very proficient with hunt and peck. 😀

            • I see. Yep, late 70’s to early 80’s for me. I went to small town Idaho schools. They had the same equipment the bigger schools had, but it was all 20 years older! Those typing classes drove me nuts, but the skills I picked up have been super handy over the years.

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