A couple of months ago I posted a blog entry entitled “I Don’t Get It, I Don’t Get It.” I think this will continue to be a theme I will return to over and over again as more things come to mind. Today, for instance, as I was changing the sheets on the guest bed in anticipation of my brother and sister-in-law’s visit this weekend, I wondered for the umpteenth time why sheet manufacturers make the width of sheets so short and the length of sheets so long. I can tuck the bottom of the sheet so tightly into the foot of the bed that no amount of tossing and turning (or other things) will dislodge it. Yet if two people are sharing the bed and one of them sneezes, the other one will find himself or herself without even a square inch of the sheet to protect them from the night air. Have you ever had your husband or wife help you make the bed and participated in this scenario?:
“I need to pull the sheet a little more over on my side.”
“Well, I don’t have very much over here either.”
“You must have more than I do. Let me look.” (Walks over to the other side of the bed.) “Oh. I guess not.”
It doesn’t seem to matter how much you pay for your sheets, either. I don’t have longer sides on my most expensive sheets than I do on the ones I got at Target. What’s up with that? I don’t get it.
Another thing I don’t get: Why do instruction books not come with technology products? You have to go on the internet and look at the online version to find out how to use your new computer or iphone or whatever. You could download a copy of it, of course, but it’s usually 7000 pages or so. Have you ever tried to navigate the virtual pages of an online instruction book? Extremely difficult. Plus, even after you finally find the page you need and it walks you through the steps you must follow, you have to get off the page to do what it wants you to do, and by then you’ve forgotten the instructions. I need to be looking at them the entire time or have someone read them to me while I try to figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do.
And foget those Dummy books to solve the problem. Before they even go into print, they are outdated, such is the pace of technology. My husband bought me a brand new ipad2 at the Apple store, and what do you know? Today it prompted me to download a newer version of the operating system. Seriously? I haven’t even had the thing for five days!
So why are these technology companies so chintzy? You spend $800 for an ipad or $1800 for a Macbook, and Apple can’t even give you an instruction book? Hey, Apple—just for your information, my car came with an instruction book. Does that mean if you ever sell a computer that costs $25,000 you will finally give the buyer instructions on how to use it? Just asking.