Absolutely Fabulous: How To Ooze British Eliteness

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
– Leonardo da Vinci


Nick and I are both drinking Earl Grey tea and wearing scarves. I’ve already explained that drinking Earl Grey tea makes me more British, and being British makes me smarter. This must somehow apply to scarves as well. I am not sure if scarves are British.

Tea_for_twoAccording to Wikipedia, they are not. Wikipedia says they come from Ancient Rome. I am sure that affiliating with Ancient Rome makes me smarter. Also, according to Wikipedia, there is a modern scarf revival happening now. I’m part of a scarf movement, and I didn’t even know it.

My nine-year-old told me earlier today that Wikipedia is not a good website for research because they let people post information without sources. Shortly after that, I had her help me edit the article I wrote for Weightlifting Academy this morning on Vanity Metrics Vs. Actionable Metrics. She asked me if I quoted my sources, so I showed her how my hyperlinks worked. I think I passed the test.

One of my links wasn’t working, so I explained how I look at the HTML code and figure out where I screwed up. I got major cool points for that.

I am not awesome at web design, but I have learned the ins-and-outs of simple HTML, and it makes me want to learn more. Nick thinks I should have been a computer programmer.

It’s true that the best part of fourth grade was learning how to program in BASIC and Logo.

Books_B&WWhen we got home, I went to the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College website and looked at their continuing education classes in computer programming. There is a class on C++ starting on Wednesday, and I think I should take it.

I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Plus, it’s an online class, so I can sit in my garage with my fake fireplace, red and white scarf, and mug of tea and positively ooze smartness.

No one needs to know that I’m not actually British.

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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  1. I think thats one of the secrets of life, keep learning. Smart cookie, your daughter! If she could get tv news to cite sources and tell you the basis for their “news”, we’d be golden. (I think of the news now as a “show”, they’re like actors/actresses who gossip.) Hahaha BASIC! I learned C about a million years ago, did a few online classes in php et al, they’re fine, and there’s a lot of free online tuts…I really enjoy it. Good luck!

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    • Thanks! My daughter is excited to take some computer classes with me. I told her we can check out some free online tutorials. The online continuing ed classes at the community college are only $75, and they seem to get pretty good reviews.

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