Re: An observation about the writer-engineer relationship

Subject: Re: An observation about the writer-engineer relationship
From: Win Day <winday -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2001 17:20:54 -0400

At 04:38 PM 12/10/2001 -0400, Karen E. Black wrote:

We managed to produce two completely
mechanically-inept sons,
don't ask me how.

LOL! You have to let them hold the flashlight sometimes! That's how I learned most of what I know, though I haven't tackled changing an electrical outlet or light fixture. But I can do basic plumbing, re-glaze a window, and lay a patio!

Think we didn't try? <grin> These kids were crazy about Lego when they were little, too. Somehow that hasn't translated into things like KNOWING which way to turn a light bulb to remove it, or how to re-align a dresser drawer that has slid off its moorings.

Weird. Really, really weird. I'll never forget getting into real trouble when I took an antique pocket watch apart when I was about 6. I HAD to see how it worked! I managed to find all the little gears and screws when the spring went SPROING, but I couldn't get it back together.

Almost flunked Home Ec in junior high, too -- spent more time taking the sewing machines apart and getting them to run better than sewing my projects. I still don't sew anything more complicated than straight lines.

But I can replace a water pump or a carburetor, assemble furniture that arrives disassembled in a box, and install a new hard drive. (Here's the tie-in to technical writing:) As long as it comes with instructions, I can do anything.

Even cook.

Win Day

Multimedia Developer
mailto:winday -at- creativeimplementations -dot- com

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