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My Job Just Isn't A Respect Job

In Sydney, you get a pen license in year four. You're nine (maybe ten) and suddenly adults are judging you on your skill in for shaping words. It has to be readable. A little slip and you're fucked. You're set back for a week, which is an eternity when you desperately want that license. You got to have that license. You got to be skilled. At least, this is what my year four class tells me seconds after looking at my handwritten comments across their homework and saying, "How did you even get your pen license?"

Cunts.

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future_conduit
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
cunts indeed
y'know what? i never actually got my pen license. i moved schools in grade4 so managed to avoid the whole thing.

benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: cunts indeed
i don't even remember getting mine. i'm sure i must've, but, not a thing.
ironed_orchid
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
I went to a 'community' school, so we never got pen licenses. They liked our writing to be generally legible, but content was seen as more important than form. Then I went to the local highschool and got a huge shock when my teacher marked me down for submiting work in pencil.

One of the good things about being an adult is that I get to use pencil now, and nobody complains.
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
i prefer pen to pencil, myself. i like those fine pens, and pencils need sharpeners. blah.

i don't like getting uni assignments submitted in either, however :)
ironed_orchid
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
I use those push pencil things, no sharpening involved and I can make really tiny writing to fill up my margins and fit words onto post it notes.
joey_j0jo
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
I never got my pen licenses, and everyone thinks my writing is neat. :)
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
your writing is pretty neat. mine on the other hand... well, who knows what mine is. you're the only one who likes it.
joey_j0jo
Jun. 18th, 2005 09:11 am (UTC)
I still stick to the fact your writing should be made into a font.
llbatt
Jun. 18th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
But Ben, you're in Sydney. I thought you'd have to get a crayon licence first :)
ex_hestia
Jun. 18th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Hmmm... Spoken like a Melbournian.
llbatt
Jun. 18th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Who lives in Perth :))))
benpeek
Jun. 19th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
that's nothing to be proud of, you know.
ex_hestia
Jun. 19th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
LOL

I'm from Sydney and all my friends in Melbourne and my partner are from Perth and Adelaide. What does that tell you about how friendly Melbournians are?
bodhichitta0
Jun. 18th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
A license to wield a pen? You don't even need a license for a semi-automatic weapon here... :-p
benpeek
Jun. 19th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
the pen license is to prepare kids for semi automatic licenses.
frogworth
Jun. 18th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
My pen license was withheld in year four for that very reason. I think I must have eventually snuck in with it, but a couple of years ago my pen license was revoked. I think they do spot tests on anyone who uses a computer for the majority of their job, and unfortunately I just wasn't ready for it.
Which means I'll have to go on probation all over again, practise my curly l's and make sure my y's and g's look different, and most importantly try to keep within the lines! Oh, the stress! It just makes me write worse.

Luckily by the time they were issuing keyboard licenses I'd taught myself to touch-type, so even though I'm pretty idiomatic in my typing, they let my through. The kids just don't care though, even though I'm pretty adept at smsing too! (and without that fucking dictionary getting in the way!) What does it take these days, I ask you?
benpeek
Jun. 19th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
i tell you, i hear themnew pen licenses mean you have to keep a diary for a couple of years, or some such thing. you start off with different coloured pens and everything!

it's hideous.
tanuja
Jun. 20th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Do they still issue pen licences? Good job they didn't do that in the UK, otherwise I'd still be writing in pencil or crayon.

To be honest, my writing really does resemble untidy spider scrawl, so at some stage before MMT starts writing, I'm going to have to practice my letter writing skills. :eek:
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