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100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #155

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http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week155/

This week’s prompt:  … READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! … + 100 words

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ROCKET MAN

Sydney stared at his news-printed hands and pant knees. Palms half-way to his lap, he froze. Rising from the floor with a loud sigh, he headed to the kitchen sink. Hands scrubbed, he grit his teeth and pulled on an earlobe, a habit from childhood when trouble brewed. “Dang-blasted contraption.”

The front door slammed and shoes clattered on the hardwood. Mabel’s nose poked around the hallway corner ahead of her. “Easy-peasy, right?” Her chin and smile wobbled.

Red-faced, Sydney held up the extraneous parts, his comb-over slipping.

“It’s a steam mop, not a rocket ship. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!”

When have they made sense?

 

© 2014 TAK

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

64 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grown-ups – Week #155

  1. I always keep the instructions handy. Just in case ! 😉

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  2. Haha…just like a man!

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®|PRO

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  3. Oh yes one can imagine that conversation happening. Instructions you say? 🙂

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  4. We’ve all felt that way. You caught us all.

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  5. And now they’ve taken to making “instructions” without any words. I’m not sure which way is worse.
    Cute story Tess. Hugs! 🙂

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  6. reading the instructions takes the adventure out of it 🙂

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  7. reading your instructions and your blog, articles is a new experience for me!

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  8. I alwayss start by trying to intuit whatever it is. When that fails, I read. When that fails, I ask. When that fails, I start swearing.

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  9. I’m allergic to instructions. Unless there’s a diagram my brain jams. I laughed at the comb over part. My father used to do that with the little hair he had left, lol. 🙂

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  10. I don’t understand instructions!!! I love the detail n this piece 🙂

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  11. My men just hate to read any instructions.

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  12. Just like a lot of people I know.. me!!!

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  13. As my Mr. S tries to get a small digital clock to work 😀 mind you its a stupid clock! My pop put a BBQ together for me, he left out 6 bolts saying they weren’t needed, disregarding the instructions. Thankfully it held together!

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  14. Ah yes. To distract from the theme of male incompetence, I would point to the younger generation who also have no concept of the manual as a guide. ‘How does this work?’ ‘Where does this go?’ Since they, the under 25s, live by acronyms – LOL and OMG and JK we have introduced RTM to the household lexicon. Sometimes, esp on a Sunday morning it grows to RTFM. Read The Manual or… well, you get the picture. Lovely story BTW.

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  15. Every word of this is wonderful, but that slipping comb-over nailed it. Comb-overs always look for ways to escape stressful situations.

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    • 😀 😀 😀
      You have made my day, Mike. Thank you.
      That slipping comb-over is my Grade 12 high school teacher. How long has it been since that year? A century or two? Why did he decide to pop into my head yesterday? 😀 😀

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  16. Fantastic! It’s very true that some instruction books seem written by Google translate having a bad day. And I’m with Teagan, the ones only with pictures are even worse!

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  17. Haha….this brings back some, how shall I say, rather stressful memories. Wonderful story Tess, love Mabel’s shoes clattering on the hardwood…like she means business 😉 😛 😀

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  18. you made me smile again, thanks Tess!!! 😉

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  19. Although I do read the instructions when I get a new gadget, I don’t like reading them. In fact, I pretty much loathe them. But how else are you going to learn? Trial and error? I don’t like that idea either.

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  20. Lol, it’s a man thing. Many men (like my hub) won’t even look at the destructions. 🙂

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  21. : ) Loved it, Tess. Thanks for adding a smile to my day.

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  22. This was on the money! Instructions? What the heck are they for? 😀 😀 😀

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  23. Have you noticed, they are writing instructions in smaller fonts? Who can read those!

    Loved this one, Tess. You killed it.

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  24. I bet they write them like that on purpose 😉

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