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Re^2: Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??

by bitingduck (Chaplain)
on Dec 15, 2012 at 16:17 UTC ( #1008994=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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I have no regrets that I didn't learn the pommel horse while I was still in my teens

Even that may not be closed off...I got hauled to adult tumbling classes for a couple years in my late 30's and while I never got very good, it was a lot of fun and improved my balance dramatically. I got as far as doing a front tuck on an extra springy floor. So even some pretty demanding physical things aren't out of the question. It also helped my crashing in bicycle races dramatically-- there's a lot of time to think in the air, and if you've had some practice you can reduce your chance of injury. Plus the gym was a pretty interesting scene after the kids left and the adults came for open tumbling-- it was mostly active stunt people and ex-gymnasts.

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Re^3: Forgetting Syntax, Forgetting logic, Heck, Should I even try keep learning Perl??
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 15, 2012 at 17:26 UTC
    true ... a friend of mine was racing with his bike when suddenly a car oversaw him and blocked his way.

    When flying he unconsciously did a roll over the car's roof an landed unblessed on his feet.

    He's convinced that his gymnast training as a kid saved his life.

      Also true... I was sitting on my Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle at a red light behind a line of cars in a very light rain. A distracted driver piled into me from behind, causing me a very quick acceleration followed by a quick deceleration when I hit the car directly in front of me. Fortunately I had a good hold of the handlebars and flipped over them and thrown at about "10 o'clock" in a 360 somersault with a quarter twist, landing on my feet. It happened so fast I had no time to react. Standing there untouched looking at my wrecked bike was surreal. I can't do a decent flip off a diving board, I would have to attribute that to dumb luck. Though in retrospect, I did have many years of martial arts, including judo, so maybe that helped.

      Anyways, I'm now 53 (yikes!), and I've been learning perl on and (mostly) off for maybe 5 years. Learning is to some degree a social process. As a late-bloomer hobbyist, I found it important to find support for my new hobby. Thus I joined perlmonks in 2007.

      The PM Seekers section has been helpful. I try to answer the "newby" type questions that come up, then learn from the experienced monks replies.

      I got involved in Movable Type and developed some plugins on Github. Getting involved in a GitHub perl project is a great way to be active and code "socially".

      The best of course is to incorporate perl into your work. I left a career in chemistry and started building websites (many in movable type), and was able to learn enough programming and administration skills over a few years to land a job as the technical support coordinator at a local private school. I am not making as much as I was earning at chemistry, but I love it, and now I can find excuses to use perl all the time. :)

      Update: Don't forget your local PerMongers group!

      My girlfriend was a competitive gymnast in high school and college (she got me to the tumbling classes) and has endoed more than once in races and landed on her feet. It just helps to be able to think while you're upside down in the air.

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[thezip]: Me, not as much.
[perldigious]: Mine too thezip, especially my German Shepherd. He looks like he is about to die of heat exhaustion all summer, so he goes nuts when winter comes and he can play in the snow.
[stevieb]: my main off-road vehicle nowadays is a strengthened mercedes ML320. I'm very hard on it, but I've never had any real issues at all (I love how small and light it is, and it has a very, very good centre of gravity for how I roll)
[perldigious]: "for how I roll"... ahhh, I see what you did there stevieb.

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