All this talk of air guitar reminds me of a card that I made last year. Here it is.
All this talk of air guitar reminds me of a card that I made last year. Here it is.
Reader, you won’t be disappointed. I have a truly terrible idea to share with you today. Disastrous, really.
It has to do with organizing your online photos. Or, rather, planning to organize them. Actually, planning to plan to organize them.
Here’s what you want to do: Spend a few years organizing your photos by the year and month that they were taken. Gradually realize that this isn’t working because you can’t remember when anything happened, so you end up having to search through 100 folders and sub-folders to find a picture you want.
Then decide to totally overhaul your organizing system. Your new system will be brilliant. Easy to navigate. Totally manageable. People will write articles about your New System for Online Photo Organization. An award will be bestowed. It will be that good.
Don’t actually come up with the new system, mind you. Just plan to come up with it.
Now, since you’re going to be switching to the new, yet-to-be-determined system, stop using your old system. Instead, go ahead and create a folder called “Need to Sort These.” Tell yourself this is a temporary measure until you work out the finer details of your new system.
Now put pictures into the “More to Sort” folder. But also put some in “Need to Sort These.” That way you won’t know which folder to check if you’re looking for a picture.
This horrible idea is not working for me, and I’m sure it can not work for you too. Just give it a chance.
You're welcome. And good luck.
After reviewing these treasures, I have gleaned three insights about my high school self.
1. Dramatic? Moi?
Well, you decide. Here are three short snippets from different notes.
"Only 11 more days of restriction. I don't know if I can make it. I just have to keep thinking, 'I'm almost free... I'm almost free..."
"Everyone says 9th grade is your best year. OH GREAT! Now my best year is almost over!!"
"What's up? Nothing much with me. Except I'm SO confused about EVERYTHING!!"
2. I was clearly very mature, and able to grasp the serious issues of the day.
Here's a note where I refer to the First Gulf War.
"I really hope our country can avoid war! I don't even want to think about nuclear warfare! That would suck. On a happier note, when is your boyfriend's formal? What are you wearing?"
Hmm... wait a moment. That fried cheese idea might not be bad. And come to think of it, AC/DC *does* have some good songs. Anyone know where I can find one of their cassette tapes?
3. I had a crazy social life.
In addition to watching a lot of TV (so many of my notes go on and on about The Wonder Years and Family Ties), I pursued extremely cool activities. Two excerpts:
"Hey, let's go get some AC/DC tapes and listen to them tonight! Then we can know what's up if we ever go to the concert."
"You know what we should do tonight? Go to Claim Jumper and eat fried cheese."
When it comes to folding a high school note, techniques range from “complex” to “just plain crazy.” There is no easy.
Let’s take a look at some examples. The note below was folded using the “Rectangle With Triangle Tuck-Under” strategy. This was by far the most popular fold in my collection of notes.
Here we have a more advanced version of the same idea. The paper is a normal size (same as the note above), but it has been expertly folded down to a smaller rectangle. The triangle in the upper right is now tucked into the fold, not sticking out. A complicated maneuver, and very well executed.
Fold corners A and C into the middle of the paper.
Tomorrow, we’ll end the week by looking at some highlights from my high school notes. See you then.
From what I can tell, this topic has not been well researched or documented -- until now. Thankfully, I unearthed a box full of these relics and, through careful study, have become an expert.
So today: Writing a Note.
Here are the common elements I have observed in my high school notes. By linking these together, you can create a highly authentic High School Note Circa The Mid-1980s to Early 1990s. (Which is what you were planning to do today, I know.)
First: Write “Confidential!” across the top. Because if the information in this note were to fall into the wrong hands, the results would be devastating. Devastating.
Second: Write the recipient’s name with proper creativity and flair. Think carefully about how you will execute this step, for it will set the stage for the entire note. Here are some examples, starting with “beginner” level and moving to “advanced.”
One common scenario: Someone was supposed to call someone, but didn’t. Now that other person is wondering what is up. Since he didn’t call, does that mean he has no feelings? But what about what he said to Jen? He told her to tell Kerry to tell you that he said “What’s up?” Maybe he’s still not over Lisa. But then why did he say “hi” in the hallway? What could “hi” mean?? (This matter should be explored and debated for at least a page.)
Once that horse is dead, pose a question. Such as: “Are you going to Priscilla’s party?” Then list out the clothing items/accessories you might wear to said party and ask your friend to circle the combination she likes best.
(As you write, remember to use plenty of exclamation points dotted with hearts.)
Fourth: Adorn the note with light decorations. A smiley face, flower or three-dimensional cube works well. Another idea is to write the name of a popular band. Be sure to do this slowly and carefully, so you stay true to the band’s actual logo.
Sixth: It is imperative that you receive a note back, as soon as possible! Be sure to write W/B for “write back.” Better yet: W/B/S for “write back soon.”
Seventh: Close with a memorable line. Some popular examples include: “Hasta pasta.” “Call me tonight!!!” “Love you forever.” And “Gotta go – the teacher is coming.”
Congratulations! You have a note. Now comes the hardest part of all: folding it properly.
Tune in tomorrow...
Am I expecting you to go out, write a note and pass it to someone in class? No. Chances are you’re not in high school anymore. But I am expecting you to read along, pay attention and be prepared for a pop quiz at any time. The art of high-school-note-writing must be documented, and that’s why we’re here.
Today: The Supplies Required to Write a Decent Note in High School
The latter two choices are not only “green,” they also help disguise the fact that you are writing a note. Hey, maybe you had more to say about Moby Dick, so you’re adding a few more paragraphs in longhand. Even though the essay has already been graded. (You’re that dedicated.)
Colored paper is a bolder choice, and adds a certain level of drama to the note. But the risk of being caught by the teacher increases exponentially. This paper is probably better employed during breaks and/or lunch periods.
You can go the safe route, with a pencil or ballpoint pen (in blue or black). But don’t underestimate the power of color. Purple, pink, green – these colors will enhance the reader’s experience. Even better, you can switch colors mid-note. One tool to consider is the four-color retractable ballpoint pen, which offers maximum versatility. You’re writing in blue one minute then, CLICK! switch to red then CLICK! green. It’s fun and productive all at once.
FRAME OF MIND
Tomorrow: Writing the note.
There are like 200 of them – and this probably only represents 0.01% of the total notes I wrote and received during that time. It made me wonder: Do kids still write notes in class? Something tells me they don’t. Instead, they just text message. Text, text, text.
So I’ve decided that this week will be devoted to the lost art of note-writing. Tomorrow, we will talk about “What You Need to Write a Good Note.” On Wednesday, we will craft a note. On Thursday we will cover the intricate art of note-folding. On Friday, we’ll review a case study, using one of my high school notes as an example.
My hope is that one day this tutorial will be featured in a high school text book, to inspire kids to stop wasting valuable class time text messaging and start wasting valuable class time actually writing on paper.
Is note writing an art or a science? As we will see this week, it is both.
Happy Mother's Day to all the super moms out there!
(Hmmm... I think you might need a magnifying glass to actually read the words. But you get the gist.)