"What do you mean you can't...???"

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  1. MathManTim

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    This topic was inspired by the "Do You Know How To Swim" thread.

    Is there any particular talent or skill that you do not have, and that no one can believe you don't have? I'll admit, if an adult told me that they didn't know how to swim, my first reaction would be "Seriously?? You're kidding, right?"

    That's exactly the same reaction I get when I tell people that I don't know how to blow bubbles with bubble gum. I don't know why I don't know how. Yes, I know I'm supposed to spread it against the back of my teeth or wrap it around my tongue or something...and just...blow! :rolleyes: Just, for whatever reason, I've never been able to do it. I always end up spitting out the gum when I "just blow".

    Anyone else?

    MathManTim
     
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    I can't :whistle: a song and it ticks me off!
    Rebel1
     
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    I totally stink at any sport involving a ball. I can't catch, throw, or hit a ball to save my life.

    Once I shared this with my students. Many suggested I try T-ball.
     
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    I don't know how to whistle using my fingers between my lips. I can whistle the basic way!


    P.S My husband doesn't know how to whistle and since I didn't know that, I bought him a keychain that will beep if you whistle. The idea is that if you misplace it somewhere nearby, just whistle and you'll find your keys. Well, after he quietly told me that he can't whistle, I can't remember if I laughed or what but I found it ironic and we took the gift back! :wub:
     
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    I can't whistle or blow a bubble!

    And I have a problem with both of my elbows where my bones are fused together so I can't turn my palms face up...I'm used to people being shocked at that one though.
     
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    I can't do anything with a computer except use it. The second there's a problem, I have to call somebody to help me. People are shocked when I tell them that.

    Oh, I also can't dance to save my life.
     
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    Can't whistle, either. And I suck at jumping. I have really weak ankles. My trainer is always trying to get me to jump onto half-balls, jump over benches, jump rope-I look like a fool. I have to psych myself up and even then I look like an old lady and usually fall over when I land. It seems so simple, and yet...
     
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    I can't play chess. This annoys my husband to no end! And apparently, I can't learn either. I've tried, because it sounds like a really fun game, but he's tried to teach me, and I just don't.get.it. He loves to play, and wants me to play with him, but...alas, not gonna happen. I have a block.
     
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    I can doggie paddle, but I've never figured out how to float. I do a rock solid imitation of a stone. People are like just hold your breath and lay there, but I try and then I get water in my ears and it's over...

    I don't know how to rollerblade.


    I don't know how to get anywhere using public transportation. I've always had someone to take me. That's doesn't mean I didn't sometimes have to wait for hours, but I just never learned the bus routes. The first time I'd been in a Taxi was in Mexico.
     
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    hmmm I can't think of anything I can't do!!!! :p:p;);)
     
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    Hahaha....how about be humble :p
     
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    Soo...my husband, if he were conscious, would say...

    You can't pee your name in the snow!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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    I can't whistle, skip rope, or write in cursive.

    Needless to say, 4th grade wasn't much fun for me.
     
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    I can't whistle either. Can't rollerskate. Can't ride a bike. Yes, a 2-wheeler would probably mean death for me :lol:
     
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    I can't write in cursive either... but I have real nice printing! Good think I teach primary!
     
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    I can't turn a cartwheel. I tried and tried to learn when I was a kid, but never figured it out. And, the only way I can whistle is by sucking air in, rather than blowing out.
     
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    I can' whistle either! So glad someone else out there has this same problem!
     
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    Same here. I also can't read roman numerals.
     
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    I can't roll my tongue.
     
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    Delaware is sooo flat, and I just cannot walk up hills without getting really sore and out of breath. And a lot of times this is a slight slope that my boyfriend thinks is barely a hill, and I think its like a mountain. But really, if the ground inclines at all, I really struggle. I guess it is just being used to walking on flat land for so long. I know I get a LOT of cardio just by walking a short distance that way, though.
     
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    I think that's a genetic thing. Either you can or you can't, and that's that.

    For what it's worth, I've been printing for so long that I actually have to think about it when I try to write in cursive.

    MathManTim
     
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    I can't whistle....at all....
     
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    Apparently, I can't drive, according to my son.

    He forgets that I taught him to drive.
     
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    I "can't" open some drink bottles because they're on way too tight. It's embarassing to have to ask my husband to help me so I can get a drink!!! (The flat Propel ones and sometimes Gatorade ones if you're extra curious) :haha:
     
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    I can't drive a stick shift. Oh, I could try but I might burn out the clutch.
     
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    I can't do the tootsie roll.

    I really wish I could!
     
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    I just replaced my clutch or I'd offer to teach you. Actually, I had to replace it because I did teach two people to drive stick.
     
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    I have no musical ability.
    I can't water ski on one ski. I'm to chicken to drop a ski.
     
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    I can't wink with my right eye. I can do it with my left, but never have been able to do it with the right.
     
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    I can't dance. I have two left feet. I sway very well and pull off dancing silly very well. What's that old line dance that people do? I can't do that either.
    I can't even follow along with the cha cha slide--I'm always two steps behind.
    :(
     
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    Electric Slide?
     
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    Yep--that's the one. I look more like I just came from an electric storm!

    There is an old episode of Sienfeld where Elaine dances--that is SO me!!!
     
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    Hahahahaaaa! I remember that episode! Loved it and that's how I dance.
     
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    Oh Lord it's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way
    I can't wait to look in the mirror, I get better looking each day
    To know me is to love me, I guess I'm one heck of a gal..


    I figured out what I can't do! I can't remember the words to that song!!!!:p:p;);)
     
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    I can't make good Pha Thai.
     
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    I can't drive a stick shift. I also can't do math very well in my head (hard to admit, but I can't "see" the numbers in my head...hard to explain.
     
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    I can't knit. I've tried and tried. I used books, diagrams and even had a friend's mom sit with me to guide me. When I get home and try.....forget it.

    I'm so jealous when I hear about movie stars and small children knit without even looking.
     
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    I can't swim.

    I have to teach my class music and I am totally not musical. The only music class I took was to get my teaching degree. We didn't have music when I went to school.

    I can't drive stick. I was told that if you could drive up a hill from a stopped position than you will have no problem driving a stick. I tried...the people who actually lived on the hill I practiced on came out of their houses and watched me roll down the hill too many times to count :blush:.

    I can't follow a recipe without forgetting something or misreading something.

    I also can't write in cursive.
     
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    I'm suprised at the number of people who can't drive a stick shift. I guess in some ways I'm not, but in other ways, I really am. I suppose I thought that everybody could at least get it from point a to point b if they had to, even if it wasn't pretty.
     
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    Oh, and proud...the key on the hill is to find the point where the clutch is partially engaged and you have a little pressure on the gas, but the car is totally still. At that point, take off is easy. (finding that point, however, is a little tricky.)
     

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