Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Sorry, I don't type. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Yup.

Sorry, I don't type. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Yup.

 

Sorry, I don't type. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I can remember being so humiliated in typing class as a Freshman in high school. My classmates didn't seem to be having the same trouble as me. I sat in front of that clunky looking apparatus and I thought it was ugly and distasteful. Why on earth would I ever want to learn to type? My nails were long and my fingers were longer than most. I would go to hit the key and my nail would break or my fingers would get tangled up between the keys and it hurt. Really, I just didn't get it.old typewriter

Look at this thing...

Can you even imagine? My teacher was a wonderful person and she worked with me to finally take a C in the class. Luckily my grade point average was still very high or that C would have kept me out of cheer- leading. Cheer-leading at that time was the center of my life. My mouth was made for it!

Thank goodness I was born a salesperson. I was h-e*-* bent to never have to type.

I would preface each and every job interview with...Sorry, I don't type.

One company did hire me for the front desk even though I proclaimed my "Sorry, I don't type" by telling me there was only occasional light typing involved.

After the owner of the company submitted a couple of very short letters to be typed up and was still waiting for it three hours later. He came to me and said, "just give me what you have." I did. He looked at me, shook his head, and walked away. I know there must have been 5-10 blatant mistakes...we didn't even have white out yet.

Low and behold, he offered me a sales position with his company...no more typing. This has been how I have lived my life. Sorry, I don't type. I always had an assistant or department that would handle that for me. My assistant and favorite daughter announced to me yesterday that she took a free typing test on Google and was typing 73 words a minute with like no mistakes...wow.

Now you ask, "how can a blogger not type?" Well, thanks to the desire to be a part of this community we call Active Rain...I took the typing test!

Now, don't you tell anybody...but, I CAN TYPE! I went to the free typing test I found on Google and I'm not soooo bad! Check this out! I have Active Rain to thank for this! Thank you Active Rain!

Check this out!!!I typed 47 wpm!    You can take your own FREE TYPING TEST by clicking on the link.

Active Rain, did you ever dream you could have such a diverse positive reaction in this world???

You do. "I can type Later in the rain~Deb" in just over a second with only two mistakes.

 

 

and Proud of it!

 

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Comment balloon 44 commentsDeb Brooks • May 26 2008 05:29PM

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cool site.  thanks! 

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 12 years ago

Kara, stop in and let me know how you did! It is a cool site...Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Hey the only way I can type is with the one finger and look every where for the next letter, I cut typing class after the 3rd day I never went back-- got an A for the course---Bart

Posted by Bart Whitmore, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams- Louisville) over 12 years ago

Bart, how did you pull that one off? That's the same way my hubby types...two fingers...he's pretty fast though.

So, how did you get an A?

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Deb - I was in the the 38 to 45 wpm category. Not bad for a six fingered typist. If I ever really practiced and did it right I am sure I could get up to 60 wpm. Cool test.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

I learned on the same kind of typewriter many years ago.  Enjoyed the site.  I type 78 WPM lying on the floor with my computer in front of me, probably faster if I got up and put it on the desk.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 12 years ago

Gary, it is a cool test and I did my 47 from my very own comfy chair! Lousy posture and everything. I attribute it all to AR. Six fingers huh?

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Christine you've got to be kidding? Wow, I'm impressed and shocked. I'm just glad my fingers can't fall into the keyboard any more! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

I never took typing class in high school, probably should have, but I'm a pretty fast "Hunt & pecker" with my two fingers.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 12 years ago

That looks like the typewriter I used!  lol :-)  great graphics how do you do that?  I am new to a/r and have been trying to figure out how to add graphics and links to my post!

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (Independent Real Estate Broker) over 12 years ago

I made 30 WPM on the first try. Cool!

Posted by Mott Marvin Kornicki, Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille) over 12 years ago

Hi Sean, whatever works...I've got the fastest back space finger in the world. Good for correcting all my typos.

 

Aida, Go to How do I put a picture in my post? The 12 step program! and if you have any questions just call me. It's not that difficult and Welcome to Active Rain!

 

Mott, not bad! When I got my C I was at about 18 wpm with a really bad bad bad accuracy rate.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Deb, pretty cool.  I took a semester of typing in high school, which to be honest was one of the most beneficial courses ever.  Thanks for the typing test.  I was much faster than I expected -- I thought I'd be at about 60 WPM.  Actually clocked in on 4 or 5 sentences at 84 WPM average!!!

Must be all the blogging!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 12 years ago

Deb - I feel like I am in good company, I can't type either, good thing accounting and math was more my speed.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 12 years ago

Deb,

Cool post!  I can type 39 wpm.  I feel like that's one of the best skills I have!

Have a great one...

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 12 years ago

Debra, Thank you for the link.  I typed at about 30 words per minute.  However, I think a lot faster think I type.

Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant (JimmyMcCall.com) over 12 years ago

Brian, that's almost jet speed! Are you trying to break the sound barrier? That's the most I've ever heard of...really. Congratulations.

Yea Jennifer, Accounting and math were your strong points? ugh. My least. I was good at English, writing and symbolism. Although, I can figure out commissions!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Yvette, you are a doll and that is a great typing score! You go girl. Keep blogging and you will up that without any trying!!! Like we all have been doing.

Jimmy! That's really not bad! That'll keep you blogging and you will do nothing but get faster. I'm glad you enjoyed the test!

Later in the rain~Deb

 

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Hmmm...I've slowed down in my old age (LOL).  I'm at about 68 WPM, but I KNOW I used to be faster than that.  Or, maybe I'm just fooling myself :)

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

Lisa, I wish I could slow up to that much! ha. Only in my dreams. My fingers are long like I should have played the piano but I can tell you if I did that as well as I type I would still be playing chopsticks! 68 is more than respectable. They say over 50 is good so I'm almost there.

Thanks for stopping by! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Debra

I finally got the spell checker down.

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 12 years ago

No more speed tests for me.  I know what I can do after years of typing... and I know I would be even faster if I didn't have the long nails adhered to my fingertips.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 12 years ago

Debra, to be honest, I was kind of shocked at my speed too.  I knew that I was an accomplished typist, but hadn't tested my speed since high school.

Many years ago, my father had a secretary who typed something like 130 WPM.  Even the other secretaries in the office marveled at her speed and finesse (they all typed over 100 WPM) and remarked that she was just in a class of her own.  I remember as a young boy handing her a handwritten book report and she kindly typed the 3 or 4 page thing up for me in a matter of a couple of minutes!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 12 years ago

I am not even going to try!

I still type with four fingers and if I get 30 words I am lucky (with 3 mis-spelled).

your friend in Charlottesville!

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 12 years ago

Hello Tom! How are you? I have the very same challenges with this computer thing! You seem to by typing fine though! Good to hear from you!

Susie, I have considered keeping my nails really short but they grow so fast I can't keep up with it! I'm sure they grow because of all the exercise they get from typing. lol

Brian, I'm not sure I've ever heard of such a thing! That's lightening fast a 130 wpm! I'm shocked and amazed at your 84 wpm! wow. It's taken me longer to visit with each of you than it took her to type your whole paper!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Now Charles...it's just for the speed. However you get there. One finger, two fingers, three??? It's okay. Asl long as you end up typing one way or another! I think you're doing just great! You have a wonderful day and I am glad you stopped by! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Hi Deb, what a fun post to read. lol.  My mom made me take typing when I was in high school.  I did not want to be a typist and was rather proud that I was slow.  At the time, my mom had no idea how important computers were to become to us.  Now, I don't think that typing is so bad especially since we can easily back up, delete, copy and paste, plus most importantly run spell check.  Great post. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 12 years ago

Thanks Sondra, you're right about being proud of being slow. It kept me out of secretarial jobs for sure! At least I had the basics with that one semester in high school and today it pays off.

Later in the rain! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Grrril! you sound like me! I barely passed typing. I took a part time job through the Summer when I was in my 30's. They were looking for a full time clerk typist. Fortunately the manager of the department waved the typing test. Then you will never believe it but I became the executive assistant to the CEO 4 years later. I still couldn't type and can't until this day. Oh well!

Posted by Becky Respess, ABR, CRB, CRS (Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co) over 12 years ago

Deb, hmmm, a typing test.  Haven't had to take one is a long time.  Had to type 80 wpm to pass typing class.  I've slowed down -- which is interesting, I probably type more now than I did then.  I'm down to 69 wpm. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 12 years ago

Yeah Becky, I struggled. Yuk. I'm glad now that I took the class or I would have been doomed. Yea to you...there are bennies when you don't type! WTG

Judi, I would be proud to be able to do 69 wpm! Actually I'm proud of my 47! I wonder why you've slowed down? After I was my hands I can't do a thing with them! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Typing is a most valuable skill these days.  I'm so glad I thought I'd be a secretary (highest aspiration for a girl then) and paid attention to typing.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 12 years ago

That was VERY cool Deb! I scored 63 words a minute - mumble, mumble, mumble, years ago - when I trained to be a journalist, I had to have 60 typicng and 100 shorthand!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 12 years ago

That was VERY cool Deb! I scored 63 words a minute - mumble, mumble, mumble, years ago - when I trained to be a journalist, I had to have 60 typing and 100 shorthand!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) over 12 years ago

Shorthand Simon? Wow. I remember my school offering a class in shorthand on one side of the building and computer classes on the other...I stayed away from both of them.

This test is fun isn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed it SPEEDY! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Barbara, I'm glad I learned the little bit I did. I would be sol without it now! So, did you become a secretary? It would never have been beneficial to an office to offer my services unless they had something to sell. Stay sweet. I've been enjoying your posts! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

In junior high our elective classes were done by the quarter, and they were changed each quarter.  Somehow I wound up in typing class.  I couldn't believe it.  This wasn't cool.  Guys don't type. (I graduated high school in 79).  The typewriter I used was very similar to the one in your picture.  I think it was a slightly newer model by about a year.

First day of class, the teacher looked around the room, saw two guys and said, "guys don't usually do so well in this class."  Ahhhh...a teacher who likes to challenge the guys.  I took his challenge and wound up being second best in the class.  I was in competition with the girl next to me.  She was just slightly faster than I was.

I didn't type again for many years after that class, but when I bought my first computer I found that the basics were still with me.  It only took a short while for me to regain the hang of it and it wasn't long before I was quickly up to 30 wpm.  For this test...I hit 80 wpm.  To quote a girl on one of the kid shows my daughter watches..."yeah me!"  Today, I'm glad I wound up in that class that guys just don't do so well in.

BTW...who chooses those words in the graphic below?  Today's choice - "yang-yang"  I think they are trying to earn some brownie points for making us laugh.

EDIT:  Ooops...almost forgot...I know someone who types 160 wpm.  She works in excel going from block to block typing numbers and manuevers all around and almost NEVER looks at the screen...amazing to watch.

Posted by Gregory Lohr over 12 years ago

My mother can type about 110 wpm.  I guess I learned it from her because I hit about 90 on average.

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Gregory! Wow. That's an amazing feat. I just don't see how the brain can process from sight to reaction or response with such speed. I know I let my thinking get in the way of it all. My office manager can carry on a whole conversation without missing a lick!

Clint, I was reading how people use to or maybe they still do type 130 wpm??? I wonder what it would sound like to speak that many words a minute? That's more than two words per second.

We would sound like that commercial where they are trying to save minutes on their cells! Ha.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Deb, I asked her how she could possibly type so fast, and you hit the nail on the head when you said you let thinking get in the way.  She said she has trouble keeping that speed if she thinks about it.  She just relaxes and lets it go naturally and the speed comes.  I remember a commercial some years ago of a guy who was teaching people that they could type over 200 wpm.  Heck, I thought my 80 was pretty fast, and I have trouble maintaining that speed because I do think too much when typing.

A funny story about this lady...she fired a girl once because she was just too slow at her job.  The funny part, she said she was able to absorb her duties and get more done because she wasn't spending so much time trying to help this girl get her job done.  So she didn't hire a replacement for her.  Saved her the salary for one person because she could type so fast.

Posted by Gregory Lohr over 12 years ago

Gregory, that is too funny. I have never heard of 200wpm...ever. Too fast to imagine! I do have great speed and accuracy when it comes to my backspace tab! I have the fastest correcter in the world! Ha.

You see, I wanted Ha above but it came out Ho so my lightening fast pinky saved me again!

Have a great day! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Debra A Brooks over 12 years ago

I clocked in at 92 WPM on one of the sentences, but most of mine were in the 70-75 WPM range.  Fun!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 12 years ago

Jason, no wonder you come up with so many blogs! I couldn't hit 92 even if I were randomly pecking at the keyboard.

Mercy, and Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Hey everyone, take the typing test! I'm curious what you can type! This is way fun! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

I'm sitting here typing faster and faster each time. This AR blogging thing has me addicted! Y'all have fun with the test!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

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