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  1. dooley

    dooley Super Garden Turtle

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    The last week was extremely busy. We went to Prescott 6 out of 7 days. It's about 30 minutes each way. We picked up the new computer on Nov. 16. Brian said you can't put a new computer on an old computer desk so we bought a new computer desk. It came in a box. The directions were written by a demented engineer. Nothing made sense so Brian settled on doing it his way. It's finally together and hold much more than the old desk. Brian was amazed at how fast I filled it up. Maybe a picture soon. Dan came and set the computer up. No printed directions! Directions are on the computer. I'm glad he knew how to set it up to find the directions because I didn't. I now have to find the Windows XP tutorial and read it before I do much else. But, if things work maybe I won't need to read it. It's just something else to do when I have time. But, I'll eventually read it. Dooley
     
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    "The directions were written by a demented engineer." :D :D Know just what you mean!!!!! We bought flat-pack bedroom furniture last year and I swear the directions were all 'double dutch' or Greek!!! Ended up throwing them in the bin and just doing it ourselves. Much simpler. Didn't take me long to fill the two wardrobes, the drawer unit and the two side tables either!! ;) ;) Looking forward to a pic of the new desk and computer. :)

    You know Dooley, I have Windows XP on this computer and still haven't gotten around to reading all about it. :oops: Haven't found any major problems with it so, like you, will read it eventually. :rolleyes:

    Sooooooooooooooooo nice to have you back. :kiss:
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    I rarely follow instructions, only if it is something that is totally foreign to me. Usually figure things out just by tinkering around with them :D

    I have been using XP for 3-4 years and it is the best I have come across, at least of the Windows range of operating systems. In the past I have had Windows 95 (great) and Windows Millennium (very, VERY poor).

    BTW Eileen, any idea how the phrase 'double dutch' came about? I can look it up but I thought I'd see if you trivia brain can dig up something first :smt047
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Will see what time I have to have a look see Frank!!! :D

    OK just had a quick look around and came up with this:

    "Double Dutch[noun]:
    The difficult version of jumping ropes in which players jump over two ropes that are swung in a crisscross manner by two turners."

    Soooooooo... I presume that, as it was such a hard and difficult game to understand, the saying derived from there and now means anything which isn't easily comprehended.

    Why the game was first called 'Double Dutch' though I have no idea. Will try to find out more when I get back - if I remember that is!!!! :rolleyes:
     



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    Old Proverb - " If all else fails, read the directions!" :D
     
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    Or - "Get a bigger hammer!" ;)
     
  8. dooley

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    When Brian finished the desk, he had screws and other attachment pieces left with no where to use them. The top shelf had the holes a quarter inch off because the engineer? forgot to account for the overhang. Brian had to measure and make new holes. I thought maybe the directions were bad because it was made in another country where English is not the first language. It was made in the USA so it must be the school system. That's a good place to put the blame.
    I only read directions to get a general idea of the way it should be done. I read cookbooks that way too. If I don't have an ingredient, I substitute something close to the item. Sometimes it works and I have a great new recipe and sometimes we have to go out to eat.
    Today, Brian had to fix my towel holder. I put it up with screws that were too short so it fell down. He said I'm not my father's daughter. (My father was a carpenter.) But, he forgot that I put it up 3 1/2 yrs ago and it just fell down last week. Dooley
     
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    One of the thngs I have found out over the years, is that a lot of manufacturers here in the US, put extra screws, bolts etc in the kits. This is incase some are lost or maybe are damaged. Most things I have put together like that have had extra's. :p
     

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