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    Posted May 28, 2011 by
    Congress, Arizona
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    Dave's Handwriting


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DavidMcLane, 76, of Congress, Arizona, says his handwriting says the following about him: 'I'm kind of weird.' He actually uses both hands for different things. 'I usually draw with my left-hand and add captions with my right hand. I can use chopsticks better with my right and but can also use my left hand. I can use hammers, screwdrivers, saws, etc. with either hand but can only throw things with my left hand.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    I suppose you could call it handwriting but it's more like printing; while I can read it almost nobody else can.  Most of the time I use e-mail or send typewritten letters with just a few words to make it more friendly/personal.


    This started when I was in the second grade of elementary school. Up until then I was left handed, like my father, but somebody told my mother that left-handled had negative connotations so I had to change. Which I did, sort of, meaning I learned to use my right hand for things my mother could see.


    I learned how to print for elementary school and was able to slide through upper grades by doing projects which required making something. I also learned how to eat right handed but never learned how to throw things with my right hand.


    As for tools such as hammers, painting brushes, screw drivers, wrenches, etc. I can use both hands equally well which can be a definite advantage. Curiously enough, while I can only use a knife and fork with my right hand, I can use chopsticks with either hand which is a definite advantage eating Chinese style where food is put here and there on the table and you pick up pieces and put them on your rice: being able to use both hands extends my reach.


    The most curious is how I learned to take notes in college classes without looking. I myself couldn't read them, but I could make out enough to trigger my memory of what the professor had said which was enough to pass the class.

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