Tech writers: our pathetic lives

Subject: Tech writers: our pathetic lives
From: "Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)" <diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 13:54:50 -0400

>New theme: Let's all see if we can "out pathetic" each other on our
>anal-retentive tendencies.

My mind visibly hurts when I look at some store signs, such as
"Sandwitches." (Of course, that also brings up humorous beach pictures).

I took a picture of a store in Brooklyn just outside of Yankee Stadium. "99
Cents and Less or More." That seemed to cover the bases pretty well.

I hate signs that say $.05 cents. Once, I trying to get 1000 copies of a
flyer cheaply ("You sign says a 10th of a penny each"). The next time I
came in, the sign was corrected.

Last summer, I wrote a usability report on my serger (sewing) machine manual
for a class I took. The manual started out, "Thang you for your purchase,"
and went downhill from there.

I have sent website corrections to webmasters, and sometimes gotten a
response back.

I rented a wheelchair-accessible van a few months ago. The instructions for
picking up and returning the van were so horrible that I completely re-wrote
them and sent it back to the company for future use. For free, even.

I have yet to edit a restaurant menu, although I have heard of other people
doing so.

My husband and I have a big party every Friday night. It includes microwave
popcorn, diet soda, and a DVD player. Sometimes the cats get rowdy.

What a pathetic life I lead!

Diane Evans
Requirements Analyst
Rosetta Inpharmatics

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