It helps if you read the manual!

I’m a great one for buying instruction manuals.  I have loads!

BUT!  Not so good at reading them!!

My camera came with an instruction manual (all 200 pages of it!)  – but I rarely refer to it!  I bought a book on Photoshop (for Dummies  – I can be wise about what I need!).  I have to say it has a very jolly, colourful cover, which I have admired for months and months!  Have I actually opened it and read its instructional contents?  Of course not.  Far too scary!  And anyway I’m using it to prop up a collection of CDs!

I also have a vast collection of books dealing with marriage and relationships (and I do mean vast!  Just about the entire relationship library)  with titles like – Moving On; Staying Together (good to have both options!);  Beat The Bitch (now that one was hard to resist!!);   Loving Yourself, Loving Another; Finding True Love…….   I could go on!   Have I read any of them.  No!  But I love the feeling of comfort they give as I look at them side-by-side on my book shelf!  I bought most of them during those first few months of shock.  It was as if by buying the book I was doing something about solving the problem!  I just couldn’t be asked to open the covers and read!

So – to be honest – what I need is to be ‘taken by the hand’ and taught!!

Probably that’s what most of us need!  To be taught how to keep relationships together, what we need to understand about the sexes, how each sex functions and how to get the best for ourselves and the one we love.

To be taught how to re-align, clone and recolour our ‘photos’, touch up the errors  made when the trigger was pressed at the wrong moment.  And being instructed in the ‘dark art’ of  how to do it and then made to practice under the watchful eye of a good tutor has much more chance of success than – in my case – faced with just reading the book – never mind how pretty the cover!

But having had the lessons and made to practice maybe it’s then good to have the odd manual to refer to when we need to remind ourselves of a particular technique.

6 thoughts on “It helps if you read the manual!

  1. I’ve always wanted to write about “Manual Man” because if you did everything by the book you would simply run out of daylight. I always buy the same make of mobile as I know how the logic works. To stray into new territories with my technical aptitude could well prove disasterous for me, the dish washer, camera and an asortment of catering equipment. BTW I have mentioned you in my Blog today. There is no pingponging as I hav’nt mastered the technique yet but I hope that’s OK

  2. That’s fine – thanks for the mention! Loved the post – as to the pingponging – happy to help further if needed – I can do you some screenshots and email them if you need!

    C

  3. You’ve made me chuckle. I save all how-to manuals too. I try to figure it out for myself first. If that doesn’t work I look at the quick reference page. Once I’ve learned the basics and I do mean basics, I carry on in blissful ignorance about all the advanced and amazing things the camera or laptop or microwave will do.

    As to the marriage and relationship books, I read them all. Bottom line? I learned that they all say the same thing. They just arrange the words differently.

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