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Got one of those Weber grills.  Very excited to immediately use but of course I need the instructions.  But the instructions have no words–just a bunch of pictures with numbers and arrows.  I cannot translate those arrows and numbers into actual assembly.  But, fortunately, I am the parent of two young women one of whom is home.  In less than 15 minutes, it is assembled and will be used at once.  I am a Luddite.

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  1. Marian says:

    Understood. Glad you had folks who could put the grill together.

  2. Suzy says:

    Thank heavens for our children, they know so much more than we ever did!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    Kids know everything, don’t they? My husband was a computer major in college (49 years ago). We have to turn to one of our children for all things computer-related these days (and she lives in Seattle, we are outside of Boston). Our children frequently remind us that we are dinosaurs.

    I understand your predicament entirely.

  4. No you’re not exactly a Luddite, you’re just over 30!

  5. Laurie Levy says:

    I get this. I’m just like you, a words person.

  6. Khati Hendry says:

    I would agree–not a Luddite, just not the sort who does well with pictures alone. Word to the wise: don’t try origami–the picture instructions would drive you crazy. As with so many things, “it takes a village”, so be thankful for your lovely daughters. You undoubtedly contribute your bit as the elder.

  7. Dave Ventre says:

    Wordless instructions can work, but they need to be correct and well thought out. Same is, of course, true for instructions with words. The worst I have seen is a set of instructions in a dozen or so languages, with diagrams, all printed on one 8×10 sheet of paper.

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