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Yesterday at Tea I asked a question which stumped most of the attendees. I didn't mean to depress everyone! Now I am going to depress all of you. The question was:

Can you think of a skill you have obtained and developed to an intermediate or advanced level since you became an adult? (We arbitrarily defined adult as age 22.)

A number of caveats were proposed, and for some reason people were reluctant to declare any computer skills, I'm not sure why. I can't remember what prompted the question but it's sourced in my own psyche from a deep frustration with myself in never crossing the rubicon of intermediateness. I said that in the past three years I grew a work ethic, but Upendra said that doesn't count. I do know that many of you on my f-list have acquired skills and could be considered advanced at them, so maybe you don't ALL have to be depressed.

I recently started up a community called tiny_houses for my two tiny house friends, but maybe there are more of you lurking out there, so please feel free to join. I suspect it'll be mostly links, but maybe we will philosophize about them. But! In the interest of not just self-promoting, tzel has a pet community too, hers is midlantic_steam. It is for all things steampunk on the eastern seaboard. Ideas, crafting, fiction, gatherings, etc.! I also suggest, as a note, her community telfs_tea_room for recipes and ideas for decadence and elegance on a budget.

In other news, reports of my father's retirement are entirely true! Go congratulate him because damn, he worked hard, particularly to help raise, feed, clothe, and educate yours truly. And yes, it is weird to see my father use the mood icon "bouncy".


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Dec. 12th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
does yoga count? I did karate in my early 20s but never advanced past yellow belt (I did break a board once)... but I have practiced Ashtanga yoga up to the level of teacher's assistant and could have taught if I'd been up for the schedule.

also the yoga and karate have served me well in learning other physical things like ice climbing (which I've only done a few times, but the yoga background helped a lot). I was not athletic as a kid AT ALL.
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yoga totally counts.
Dec. 12th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
aside from computer skills & some things which are not appropriate to discuss publicly, i would say that i can really shake my booty on the dance floor nowadays... but i'll have to think further.
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Most of us at the table did at some point admit that they would like to count their bedroom skillz.
Dec. 12th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Computing skills, even programming. Diet, exercise and nutrition. Budgeting.
Dec. 12th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sudoku! I'm a sudoku freak now.
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Dec. 13th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
You were one of the first people I thought of that would have an answer to this question. :)
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(no subject) - snidegrrl - Dec. 13th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'd have to say cooking. I have learned everything I know about cooking in the past five years, since I turned 24, and now I'm meal-planning for a family of four and baking from scratch.

I'm hoping to add piano-playing to that list in the next year or so.
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
I totally cannot imagine having that skill, meal planning jsut as much as cooking! Awesome.
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I've developed lots of intermediate-advanced skills since I was 22! I'm not sure whether this will be depressing for you (because you seem to think you haven't) or inspirational (you can do it too!!).
  • editing copy (esp. the ability to defend a change past just "it sounded wrong")
  • driving stick
  • cooking
  • doing crosswords
  • yes, computer skillz
  • sewing
  • problem-solving in my own life

Are these the kind of skills you mean, or do you mean specific ones like "learning phlebotomy" or "dancing the jitterbug"?
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much the kind of skills, except I would say driving stick doesn't have a level of accomplishment to it that allows for its inclusion in a beginner-intermediate-advanced scale, unless we were in fact talking about race car driving or something.

Did you read the Little Brown Dress link I put up? I was thinking about how it would be so nice if I could sew five things myself that I could just wear all year. I often have that fantasy though; less to think about when I get dressed in the morning.
(no subject) - angela_la_la - Dec. 13th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
While I was technically savvy prior to your cutoff, my specific technical knowledge about databases (which is now my profession) did not really start until I was in the workforce.

And while I cannot call myself "advanced" by any means, fencing is a recent hobby that I managed to get a rating in by doing well in a beginner tournament. In the "I hope to get good" category, my learning of German is ongoing, as well. At least now I know I can muddle through in the language, so by the next visit I hope to be even a little fluent. :)
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Not sure if this counts as, you know, I'd cooked stuff, had money and new about business before I was 22.

Money Management
Business Analysis
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Game Design, Layout and presentation, Public speaking, bookbinding, cooking off the top of my head.
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Aww yer Dad has an lj? So awesome! Congrats to him as well!

Hrm. Adult tasks. Does financial management count? Sewing? I also started my own business which required learning many new things!
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Starting your own business involves MANY advanced skills, I say!
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm still learning. Haven't crossed the boundary of intermediateness, but I'm inching around it. Maybe if you distract it, I'll be able to sneak through while it's not looking. =)
Dec. 12th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Off the top of my head:
building/maintaining a happy&healthy romantic relationship :)
I leave off computer skills too since they are not particularly meaningful to me

But this is a very good thing for me to ponder more - thanks for asking the question!
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Glad I could provoke thought!
Dec. 12th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
first problem is that everyones idea of intermediate to advanced is going to differ, but yeah..

I can't say guitar as I've been doing that since 14

Cooking.. I really didn't take an interest in until I was in my mid 20's
Photography.. I didn't start until my mid 20's
Computers/Web/Graphics stuff
Video editing
Music production/recording/engineering
and I'm a much much better guitar player now than I was when I was 14 ;)
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
that whole music production/recording/engineering thing is kind of fascinating but kind of horrifying to me. i can't decide if i am curious or want to run away screaming.
(no subject) - bjoneill74 - Dec. 13th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 12th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I learned French, Excel, how to Barista, how to cook (many new techniques), how to teach middle schoolers, how to teach elementary school kids, a bunch of science experiments, how to ski, crossword puzzles, Photoshop and Illustrator, I'm learning how to sew and how to make stencils. I like to keep busy. There's still so much I want to do. Especially learn Spanish, take some college level physics and calculus and maybe tackle space-time, curved surface mathematics.
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
You sound like me. But I'm trying to narrow it down and get more depth than breadth. It's hard when I want to do everything.
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