Monday, August 23, 2010

Give Me Five Way Up High

I have terrible hand-eye coordination.

No really.

It's pretty bad.

It takes me twice as long to play through a video game as a "normal" person simply because I cannot make my hands do what my eyes see and want to have executed.

And let's not forget that I rarely wear white simply because I've learned from many hand-eye coordination malfunctions that coffee stains do not wear well as an accessory.

I'm convinced one of the reasons I was able to play the piano so well was because it did not require me to look at my fingers while doing so.

In fact, I can play a perfectly prepared piece - one I've practiced forward and (literally) backward until my fingers automatically move to the keys in one wave of notes - and if I begin to watch my fingers, I won't remember how to play the music.

I close my eyes a lot when I'm playing the piano...and typing something from my head...say, like right now.

So when a co-worker1 high fived me in the kitchen this morning and I practically broke the tips of his fingers with my forceful miss, I was dubious at best when he suggested he could teach me how to high five without missing.

Apparently, it's all in watching the elbow.

Not the eye contact.

Not the hand.

The elbow.

So we tried it.

A bunch.

And finally we agreed that I should just hold my hand up and wait for the other person to make contact.


1: And regular reader. *waving hello to JP*


Unknown said...

that just means you have the opportunity to initiate every high-five!

Anonymous said...

JP says: practice makes perfect, especially since you will continue to deserve the High Five!