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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Jun 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

I suppose I am a perfectionist. If I do not do something well, I will practice until I can do it better. As St Jerome said:

Good, better, best.
Never let it rest.
'Til your good is better
and your better is best.

But I'll admit to one failing: I cannot cut out round things. Anything with a curve defeats me. No matter how well I follow the line, it still ends up lumpy.

rustymusket26 Jun 2017 4:41 p.m. PST

I cannot measure. No matter how many times I measure something, when I cut it it is wrong. Sometimes too short, sometimes too long but never what I want. "Measure twice, cut once, cuss because it came out wrong."

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Among my many failings is placating my wife…

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

I am pretty naive about people – fortunately my beloved wife can read people like a book

Plus I am not a very good driver – again I have the good fortune of being an excellent navigator and am married to an outstanding driver who seems unable to read a map – marriage made in heaven

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 5:41 p.m. PST

Most things involving computers and technology.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

I turn 69 later this year and I'm still breathing, but as far as I can tell getting old without croaking is about the only thing I actually do well. Everything else, not so much.


Great War Ace Inactive Member26 Jun 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

This morning I was awakened to the phenomenon of not remembering well. This is something new. My memory has always been very good for details. This fubar was not only not a detail issue, it was directional, making me wonder if I've developed some sort of "exotic" dyslexia. So, I will never let the words, "I'd bet my life I'm right", pass my lips again. I would have been wrong this morning, one hundred and eighty degrees wrong in fact.

I will never again take it for granted that my memory is correct. And that sobers me about life in the future. Anything from now on that I recall will come complete with a caveat that I am not reliable.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 6:34 p.m. PST


skipper John Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 6:58 p.m. PST

I can just imagine….

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 7:07 p.m. PST

Much of my life makes sense if you assume I have a charisma score of 4 or 5 (on a D&D 3-18.) Took me much too long to figure this out.

As a wargamer, my besetting sin is that I revert to the history when I know I shouldn't--acting as though the distances were historical when the scenario has been bathtubbed, or using sound historical tactics when I should know the rules will not reward me for it.

"No sober man dances, unless he happens to be insane."

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 7:17 p.m. PST

Don't you throw Doctor Johnson at me!

Buck21526 Jun 2017 7:32 p.m. PST

I'm damned good at everything. Problem for me is there is always somebody else damned better than me…

KSmyth26 Jun 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. I always think I can get more done than there is possibly time for. In gaming, at work, it doesn't matter.

myxemail Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2017 7:52 p.m. PST


TNE230026 Jun 2017 8:52 p.m. PST


wrgmr126 Jun 2017 9:19 p.m. PST

Painting straight lines, couldn't do it my life depended on it.

That and remembering names. I recall faces, and people, but names…..
I was hosting a game at Enfilade and called Chuck, Chester the whole time! Chuck thought it was funny and did not correct me until some time after. I've even walked up to Kevin S. and not remembered his name. Frig!!!

A sea that raged no more Inactive Member27 Jun 2017 12:26 a.m. PST

I can not cut out round things

Are you talking circles or eating too many biscuits?

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 2:30 a.m. PST


parrskool27 Jun 2017 2:57 a.m. PST


TodCreasey Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 4:04 a.m. PST

I do many things to a basic level of competence but I don't really think I excel at much of anything. Like most of us :-)

KSmyth27 Jun 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

Thomas, you are so funny. But, let's face it-we only see each other once a year. I have the same problem with my former students. In many cases, if they leave my classroom, so do their names. So they'll come to see me after years away and I recognize their adult faces, but their names are gone.


redbanner414527 Jun 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

Home repair! I've told my daughters they must marry contractors or carpenters who will fix Daddy's house. Another thing I don't do well is raise daughters who do what I tell them.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 4:48 a.m. PST

Sticking to one period

Great War Ace Inactive Member27 Jun 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

Also, I don't feel like I do marriage well. My wife disagrees, so it is all good………..

boy wundyr x Inactive Member27 Jun 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

Miniatures wise – I can't paint fast. I can't even paint at a moderate pace. Not even flat walls on a factory building.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 9:56 a.m. PST

Tolerate mediocrity and stupidity

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 10:16 a.m. PST

I'm with Redbanner4145, and would add cars and other machines to the list of things I'm not good at repairing. My father always told me to stay in school and study hard so that I could land a good job that would pay me enough to call someone to fix things.

I actually take my bicycles to the shop every year or so for a general tune-up and I haven't changed a bicycle tire in over 30 years.

Legbiter27 Jun 2017 10:23 a.m. PST


King Monkey27 Jun 2017 10:32 a.m. PST


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

Where do I start….!

Wakefield Warmonger27 Jun 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

Rolling high when I need high, rolling low when I need low.

Rotundo27 Jun 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

I am terrible at losing weight….oddly enough I am a good chef.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Math. I have a college degree and went to graduate school but I am still not great at math. Thank goodness for calculators.

UshCha05 Jul 2017 1:17 a.m. PST

suffering half hearted wargamers. If you need to be distracted while playeing I lose tolerance very quickly. If you are with me you PLAY, not chat about the world in general AND YOU DO NO USE THE PHONR UNLESS ITS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

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