Fine day at the beach. In all my years here in Southern Cal, this is but the first time I’ve been to this part of San Clemente (this goes without saying what a fine, world-class traveler I happen to be, by the way)! Not the most enthralling, but neither too shabby. Continue reading →
Perhaps the last rainfall of the year. Unexpectedly, it came. So I wrote this, a simple phrase in shorthand as a way of saying farewell. Yes, very brief. But what can I do? I am not even certain if the writing is right. Were I more skillful, more knowledgeable in the craft however, I would have written oh but only a little more. Just a little more.
You were thinking otherwise. After all, introverts are said to be voluble and loquacious through the pen. True, and not true at the same time. I happen to be not very talkative at all. Well, sometimes.
Here’s a reading practice in shorthand. Italics mean I tried my best; blanks mean … you guessed it.
Shorthand messages to decipher.
Dear John, On May 5, I shall put Miss Florence Stone in the opening in our Akern hotel. I cannot supply her home address but I shall get it in a day or so. Put her name on the payroll as of May 5. Bob
Dear Nora, Could I leave my dog with Harry for 5 or 6 days? As I shall be with my sick daughter, I cannot take the dog with me nor can I leave him alone at home. He’s a good dog; his name is Spot. Call me at home if Harry will take him. Rose
Dear Thomas, Our factory will be closed for 10 or 12 days starting May 4. There’s no cloth in the mill. The mill cannot get the labor it needs, though the man in charge hopes he can at a small supply of cloth by May 10. If the cloth arrives on or before May 10, I shall open the factory again. John Collins
Dear Don, I’m sorry I can’t go fishing on March 10. My boss has made changes in my plans for March. He is putting me in charge of the branch on the East Coast. I shall be back for the May fishing trip though. George
No blanks! I found many to be ambiguous, but in the end, I think the messages made sense. For the next entry, I’ll try to answer the message above. Should be fun. ❧
When ennui settles, I usually delve into things forgot. Above is a haiku of sorts I wrote years ago in Instagram to go with a fitting image, which poem I decided to rewrite in shorthand. Here’s what it says:
one kiss tulips yours have mine
Clearly a pun. And I’m pretty darn sure you now know what the image is in my IG.
Critiquing the execution of the shorthand above, I’d say the lengths are disproportionate and the joining of the sounds are likely inaccurate — and if someone skillful in the art were to decipher it … confusion galore. But I like shorthand. I wish to become good at it. ❧