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What basic skills are you lacking?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19791points) 1 month ago

I can’t tie my shoes the right handed way.
I don’t know what an adverb or pronoun is.
I can’t parallel park.


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JLeslie's avatar

I have a lot of trouble with ziploc bags. I can do it, but it usually takes a lot of effort. I rarely use them.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@JLeslie Me too. I especially have troubles with the grocery store produce bags.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I can’t open cereal bags without destroying them. It’s a running joke.

JLeslie's avatar

@KNOWITALL Ha! I have you beat. My husband expects me to open every type of bag badly. Especially, cereal bags. Bags of frozen food, chips, everything. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. He actually gets annoyed by it, so I’m a little jealous it’s a joke in your house, because that’s how it should be. Funny.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@JLeslie haha! Well why don’t they use a Ziploc zipper for those by now?
Sometimes I just use kitchen scissors instead.

JLeslie's avatar

The ziploc zipper is nice. Is there a way to do that on packages?

I use scissors sometimes.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@JLeslie It would revolutionize the cereal business! Haha.

JLeslie's avatar

Ok wait. LMAO. I just asked my husband about a new cereal we bought that I vaguely remembered had a ziploc.

Me: Does the new chocolate cereal have a ziploc with a zipper thingy? I don’t remember.

Him: It has a regular ziploc on half the top.

Me: Oh right, so it doesn’t work well.

(I remembered when he said that, that the tear I made went too far so the part without the ziploc is open if you don’t put a clip on it)

Him: It works well if you open the bag correctly.

filmfann's avatar

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Brian1946's avatar

Running, because of my arthritic right knee.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@JLeslie May take awhile to get here in the middle. :)

Gosh I need to see his face and hear tone on that reply haha!

JLoon's avatar

I can’t sew – Not even enough to put on a button or fix a loose hem. So I staple, glue, and tape anything I wear that needs mending.

JLeslie's avatar

@KNOWITALL I wish you had been here for it! I think we would have been laughing uncontrollably, and I need a good laugh. This is the cereal: I think I bought it at Walmart. Check it out next time you’re in the store you’ll see what I mean, the ziploc is only halfway. Of course, I pulled it too far.

Actually, even when packages have ziploc across the whole thing, and I try to be careful by using scissors, I sometimes cut with scissors too low and ruin the ziploc it comes with.

smudges's avatar

@JLeslie I frequently rip them farther than half also. Hate when that happens! 8P

I can’t do math in my head, sometimes can’t on paper either. Thank heavens for Blaise Pascal, who invented the first calculator in 1642.

I’m directionally challenged. No matter what city or state or road I’m in/on, if I guess which direction I’m going, I’m always 90 degrees off, i.e., if I think I’m facing north, I’m actually facing east.

I can, however, roll my tongue, and also make my ears wiggle without touching any part of myself.

smudges's avatar

Oh, and I can’t stand on my tiptoes cuz I torn my Achilles tendon and had to have surgery; and can’t kneel cuz I had my right knee replaced.

rockfan's avatar

Not really a basic skill, but I can’t whistle for the life of me.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@rockfan I can’t snap my fingers. So ruling the universe with the infinity gauntlet is a non starter.

JLeslie's avatar

@smudges I think they should be opened all the across. That’s part of the problem. I did a Q about it years ago. Some people think it should be just the corner and some think all the way.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@Brian1946 don’t you worry your enemy knows? ~

Also I can’t run fast too :(

Brian1946's avatar


He knows, but he has the exact same problem! :D

“Also I can’t run fast too :(”

Pro tip: don’t wear high heels when you run. :p

Also, If you’re being chased by a car, don’t run straight ahead of it.
Instead, take off your high heels, and run back in the opposite direction.

JLoon's avatar

@Brian1946 – You got a lot of advice on high heels, for an old guy with arthritis ;D

YARNLADY's avatar

I have always had trouble with colors, many different colors look the same to me. In my crafting days of old, I had to keep the labels with the threads or I wouldn’t be able to match them correctly.
I also cannot remember which is right and left. I have to stop and study my hands, which show me, the “L” of my finger and thumb.

Brian1946's avatar


LMAO! How do you think I got my arthritis?! :P

JLeslie's avatar

@YARNLADY Have they ever tested you for color blindness? Does your son have the same problem?

LostInParadise's avatar

I have a terrible sense of direction. If I go into a park for the first time and make a few turns, I have no idea how to return to the entrance.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Thanks to a disastrous eye surgery, I can no longer drive on highways. My depth perception is distorted, and I lack peripheral vision. It isn’t safe for me to merge, shift lanes, or deal with all those cars in other lanes.

My sense of direction is pathetic! This has nothing to do with my vision; I’ve always been this way. I can get lost within a cardboard box.

I’m lame with technology. I broke down and bought a smartphone about 4–½ years ago, which I recently had to replace when the battery failed, but I still don’t know how to use it. I might make a phone call when I’m away from home, but the device really doesn’t serve any other purposes. I have no idea how the camera works.

Forever_Free's avatar

I don’t know how to tell people off!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@KNOWITALL…I just transfer my cereal to a zip lock bag, which I use over and over.

As for me, I don’t know my directions. I am horrible with directions. I should get disability payments over that.

cookieman's avatar

Personal finance. It took me WAY too long to figure it out, after many years and many poor choices.

I know why. The mere mention of money or bills in my house growing up would send my mother either into a rage or a crying fit. I literally get sweaty and a knot in my stomach thinking about it.

It’s a miracle I own a house and haven’t e ever filed bankruptcy.

And yet, my wife has left me to handle our finances for over twenty years.

smudges's avatar

@Love_my_doggie I knew I’d seen your avatar before – I have it in my bird/animal pictures. Cedar Waxwings, aren’t they gorgeous?!

YARNLADY's avatar

@JLeslie I haven’t been tested because it hasn’t interfered much with my life. My sons have never mentioned it.

gorillapaws's avatar

My handwriting is an abomination. There are times when even I can’t read it.

JLeslie's avatar

@YARNLADY If you had color blindness your sons would be colorblind too unless there was an extremely rare random mutation in their genes. If a woman is colorblind it’s basically 100% the sons inherit it. The daughters get the recessive trait, but won’t be colorblind unless the father was colorblind too.

If you can’t see the numbers in some of these circles you are probably colorblind for some colors.

That’s a fairly short test. There are more extensive ones.

YARNLADY's avatar

@JLeslie thank you. I am able to see all of the numbers, some are easier to read than others.

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