Monthly Archives: December 2010

What kind of pulse?

It isn’t clear if you need to be Chinese to get a pulse diagnosis or if the person doing the diagnosis is Chinese. Whichever it is, the diagnosis is free.

This photo, taken with an iPhone, is from Silverdale, Washington.

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Plan ahead

You know how you’ve waited all year to sell things during the Christmas season? Some business report 60 to 90 percent of their profits come from sales during the November-December period, and they plan accordingly.

Such as this vendor who crafted a sign too large for a placard too small: “CHRISTNA FRESH WREATHS.” Nothing spells quality so much as a clear, unambiguous sign.

Photo taken with an iPhone in Silverdale, Washington.

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Be sure and read the fine print

Emergency signage should be clear, concise and to the point.

Here is a stellar example, the Fire Evacuation Plan for a hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Only the top third of the sign has anything to do with fire evacuation; the rest of the plan is devoted to:

  • Safety and security
  • Your vehicle
  • Traveling
  • Guest room security
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Keys
  • Reporting [suspicious activity]
  • Recreational activity
  • Room rates
  • Check out times
  • And the ever popular Hotel Laws of the state of Washington.

Photo taken with an iPhone.

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All natural organic citrus aloe vera

In our quest to get back to nature and a highly processed, untouched-by-human-hands world, we offer this:

Organic natural pure citrus aloe vera soap

Organic natural pure citrus aloe vera soap body bar in a somewhat less than organic plastic wrapper. Photo by Lawrence I. Charters

The collection of words on the packaging makes no sense, beyond an obvious, overly anxious attempt to seem hip and “natural.” If the soap were “pure citrus,” it would be an orange or grapefruit. And if it were purely citrus, it could not include aloe vera.

The typography is also suspect, with everything in ALL CAPS except “Body Bar” and “formulated with.”

While on the subject of hotel soaps (this was found in a hotel), why is the soap always encased in some wrapping that defies all attempts to remove it, especially if your hands are wet? Most normal people, when washing their hands (or other parts of their body), get their hands wet, first, and then reach for the soap. And if the soap is contained in a wrapper that meets MIL SPEC regulations for ballistic armor, and cannot be removed with anything less than tools normally found in the garage, how is one to wash with the soap?

Perhaps you are supposed to wash with the wrapper, and leave the pure citrusy organic stuff alone.