Re: Let us test

Subject: Re: Let us test
From: Wolf Lahti <wduby -at- PACCAR -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 09:50:58 -0700

I suggested

> Write the instructions for sending someone to the grocery store to
> buy a head of iceberg lettuce, with particular emphasis on assuring
> that they do not come back instead with a head of cabbage (or anything
> else). Assume the store they go to does not have these vegetables
> labeled in any way. (Asking a store clerk for help is not an option.)

Eric J. Ray countered

>1. Go to the store.
>2. Go to produce department.
>3. Buy lettuce, as depicted in Figure 1.

>Note: If the item you selected more closely
> resembles Figure 2 than Figure 1,
> you probably selected cabbage instead
> of lettuce.

I went to the store. the closest thing I found to Figure 1 is what the clerk
called a "bowling ball". For the life of me, I can't say that it looks any
more or less like Figure 1 than Figure 2. They come in many different
colors--should I have gotten a black one instead of this sort of pebbly green?

I tried another store, and the clerk told me what I had was a "light-fixture
globe". They didn't have any green ones.

Besides, this ia a test of a tech writer, not an illustrator. Maybe I should
have stipulated "no pictures". This is a low-budget test, after all. :)

"I hate quotations!" Wolf Lahti
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson Bow, Washington
wduby -at- paccar -dot- com wolf-lahti -at- usa -dot- net

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