Monday, November 10, 2008

I don't know how to whistle by blowing out.

It may be true that anyone can whistle, but I can only whistle by drawing air in, not by blowing air out.

I do several things backwards, including handwriting strokes and ice skate strokes. A friend told me today that approximately 20% of the population is born with the ability to be either right- or left-handed, and half of them just end up right-handed by chance. I'd wonder if I were part of that 10%, except that I can hardly do anything with my left hand. Still, it would explain all the backwards stuff.

Anyway, whistling. I can actually whistle pretty well by sucking in, but the breath cycle breaks down when I try to whistle a tune of any length. Many people have tried to teach me how to whistle the "normal" way, with no success.

As another birthday approaches, I realize that part of middle age is coming to terms with the things I will never be able to do. But what a feeling of accomplishment I'd have, even now, if I could figure it out.


norby said...

One of the instructors here at Bel-Rea can draw with one hand and simultaneously write notes on the board with the other hand.

That will be a busy quarter for me I think.

AnswerGirl said...

My classmates and I went through a phase of trying to do that in fourth or fifth grade, when we learned about Leonardo da Vinci.

As I recall, one of us actually could ... I'm thinking it was Doug Hunter, but I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

So, what's happening for your birthday this year? A spontaneous bad weather trip somewhere, for old time's sake?!

AnswerGirl said...

My income no longer runs to spontaneous trips anywhere, I'm afraid. And I know you won't believe this, but I had forgotten my birthday was coming up so fast. I'll go out with Anna and Jen earlier in the week, but have no plans for the day itself.

Peggy and Susan have a round-number birthday coming up on the 26th, and Chris turns - erk - 25 that day. THOSE feel like a big deal!

Anonymous said...

...darn shame! I'm sure it'll be fun either way. Hope to see you somewhere within the next few years.

spyscribbler said...

Wow, I tried whistling inward. I almost hyperventialated and my cat jumped about a mile, LOL!

That's a gift!