Thursday, May 15, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - More Work?



This week's BTT question is Manual Labor Redux


Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….

Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?

Do you ever read manuals?

How-to books?

Self-help guides?

Anything at all?

I don't like manuals, usually I can't understand them anyway. I haven't read the ones for my phone or camera and I just use them - or I ask my husband, who also never, ever reads instructions.

I can't think of any How-to books right now that I've read; years ago I tried some of the "Teach Yourself" books but they never helped me learn much.

I do like to read Self-help guides, but never do any of the things they suggest.

15 comments:

Melody said...

I'm like you. Some of those manuals are just so hard to understand!

Marie said...

I think the "teach yourself" language books are pretty lame. never learned anything from them either.

Terri said...

Never. Unless it's something I have to put together. Most manuals in English these days are written by people who's first language is obviously not English, so there's the added language barrier.

I'd much rather figure it out myself.

trish said...

LOL! You read self-help books but never put their advice into practice??

Dot said...

I am a bit like you in that I take the time to read the self-help books but very rarely do what they suggest!

gautami tripathy said...

I like to read beauty tips books and never follow those! And manuals I do read!

My BTT post!

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I shouldn’t be this way, but I make my husband do it. I’m on my second husband and though he’s dead, I learned a lot. The first thing is to get as much mileage out the relationship. So I hand him whatever it is and tell him to do it. How he does it is up to him. I think he’s a manual reader, but have no clue.

Megan said...

Going off of J. Kaye 's comments, I have learned a lot from my husband by observing how he deals with things. Now that we are no longer together I continue to take that knowledge with me.

And even if you don't actively apply self help books to your life I think that they change your mindset and make you improve in little increments that you never notice.

jlshall said...

Ah, yes - the phone. The booklet that came with my phone was thicker and heavier than the phone itself, and written in some strange jargon that even my husband couldn't decipher. I think I threw it out. Still using the phone, though. Works fine.

cj said...

I'm with jlshall! The book for my cell phone is ridiculous! When I need to learn how to do something, I just ask one of the kids nearby and they can do it a lot quicker than I can look it up.

Here's mine:

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BooksPlease said...

Thanks for everyone for your comments.

I've realised from other people's answers to this question that I could have mentioned cookbooks as "manuals" or "how-to books". I love cookbooks, have lots of them, and love browsing them - and I do make some of the recipes, adapting them to suit.

Table Talk said...

I remember once owning 'Teach Yourself Afrikaans'. I just can't remember why!

Literary Feline said...

I'm the opposite when it comes to reading manuals. I find them very useful often times and like to read them before really getting into using whatever new gadget the manual came with. How to books I tend to look at only when I need them for a specific reason.

Bookdreamer said...

Now when John Wayne rode in to town to tackle the cattle barons in their fancy Eastern Style ranches you never see anyone struggling with a flat pack manual. Yet mail order catalogues took off in the 19th century so did the fancy furniture arrive all made up? We need an answer!!

John's comments said...

sigh...cant even read the instructions on how to choose an identity. My last post was to the wrong blog link...postcards come back all is forgiven