The timer on our clothes dryer had been going out.

It only allowed us to dry at 10 minute increments –and although we got used to going into our back room and resetting the dryer every 10 minutes, it was the wash and dry experience we wanted.

My In-laws bought us a dryer, which I brought into the house and put into place today.

I find myself intrigued as to the choice of wording that is sometimes used in various instructions; wording in the instructions for the dryer provided a moment of amusement:

If the load is drier than you like, select a setting closer to Less Dry the next time you dry a similar load.

Is it possible for a load of wet laundry to be drier than I would like? After all, isn’t the function of a dryer to dry clothes?

I think what they mean by these instructions is: “If you feel like your load got cooked, then turn the dryer down a bit.” But they can’t say it like that because it does not sound professional.

If that is the case, how come sounding professional has to sound dumb?

This makes me think of an idea that Henry Thoreau expressed when he wrote about how an employeer will have two people to consider for a job and one person is dressed all nice and stuff –but their moral character is questionable. The other person has good moral fiber, but their pants are patched; yet the employeer overlooks the person with the patched pants because the other person looks better.

This is the downfall of the appearance of “professionalism;” when one overlooks inner integrity for outer flash.


One Response to “professional”

  1. libbie Says:

    I read a study once that said people decide who you are within the first 30 seconds of seeing you. Those 30 seconds will be the final say in over half of the people you meet in your life.
    Guess it goes to show that it doesn’t matter what you say or do as long as you say it and do it in a way that makes people believe you know what your doing.

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