Instructions for Use

Instructions for Use

A Story by Shelley Holt-Lowrey
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If Curling Irons include disclaimers warning against use while sleeping, the Author feels that the complex Human Being should come with instructions and disclaimers of their own.

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Last month I purchased a new curling iron.  Included in the box were:  1 Curling Iron, 1 Warranty Registration Card and an Instructions for Use card with a list of disturbing Warnings and Disclaimers on the back.  One disclaimer advised not use the product while sleeping, and another while bathing.  REALLY?!?!  Who does this?

  
It did get me to thinking.  I came to the conclusion that People, being infinitely more complex than curling irons, should come with their own set of warranties, instructions and disclaimers.


If we did, I think mine would read:


 NOTICE TO USER

CONTENTS INCLUDE:  One (1) Human Woman.  Handle with Care!

Complete-as-Shown.   No Assembly Required.


NOTICE:  This person has been thoroughly tested, and complies with all applicable statutes, regulations and requirements of person-hood according to the laws of the Manufacturer. (For complete listing of required tests, see below.)

FOR BEST RESULTS employ respect, honor, justice and humor when engaging this person.  Proper application of these principles will provide years of enjoyment.

WARNING! 

Contents are often under pressure, sometimes extreme.  Improper use may cause this person to become extremely explosive.  Keep away from gossip, misunderstanding, judgement, the use of expletives by minors, and promises not intended to be kept.  Exposure to these elements by anyone other than the Authorized Representative may cause unwanted results such as, but not limited to:


  •   Hurt Feelings
  •   Suspension of Privileges
  •   Groundings
  •   Blog Postings About Injuror
  •   Damage to Relationships
  •   Temporary Disengagement (Subject to Permanence)
  •   Withdrawal of Participation in Future Activities/Events
  •   Cessation of Right of Use and Easement
  •   Revocation of Any and/or All Prior Commitments, Pledges or Promises 


Choose words with caution when employing this person.  Application of consistent pressure may cause explosive quality to increase proportionately.  Improper exertion of authority or dominion will cause immediate resentment and other unwanted results.  Read and follow all enclosed Directions for Use very carefully prior to use and again, often.


WARRANTY:

A reasonable expectation of function may be expected when this person is properly engaged.  Failure to employ prudence in application may cause complete system failure.


If you have any questions regarding the proper use, application, function, care, maintenance or warranty of this person, please consult The Manufacturer.


THIS PERSON HAS BEEN FULLY TESTED FOR ALL FUNCTIONS DEEMED NECESSARY FOR PROPER OPERATION BY THE MANUFACTURER, AND IS CERTIFIED BY SAME TO BE FULLY FUNCTIONAL AT THE TIME OF RELEASE.  FAILURE TO HEED WARNINGS OR EMPLOY PROPER USAGE OR HANDLING WILL NULLIFY ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.  MANUFACTURER WARRANTS THIS HUMAN FOR APPROXIMATELY 70-80 YEARS WHEN ENCLOSED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE IS FOLLOWED.

CERTIFICATION:

The Manufacturer certifies that this Person has passed the following regulatory tests:

  • LEARNING:  Test of ability and willingness to learn and adapt through adversity.
  • FAITH:  Test of reliance upon Manufacturer through difficulty as well as joy.
  • BS-O-METER:  Test of ability to discern the truth from a lie.  Also comes with eyes-in-back-of-head.
  • HONOR:  Test of ability to provide truthful accounting of events both while under duress and not.
  • LOVE:  Test of ability to dispense unending supply of hugs, band-aids, words of comfort and tissues.
  • CHILDBEARING:  Test of ability to dispense a fully formed human being, followed immediately by the ability to wear heart on the outside of body for the remainder of the life-cycle.
  • CHILD REARING:  Test of ability to love, know, honor, provide for, protect, and understand the needs of any or all future offspring.
  • MAMA-BEAR GENE:  Test of ability to advocate for her children, and their proxy when faced with duress or unfair circumstances. Additional testing proves that subject will hold same children accountable for their behavior in turn.
  • AGILITY:  Test of ability to balance a child on left hip while carrying:  a car seat, a diaper bag, 2 full bags of groceries, a purse, a bottle of soda, and one cotton ball -  at the same time.  Demonstrated ability to do aforementioned while walking up two flights of stairs, backward, while crying, side-stepping several toys and a puppy on the landing, and while fishing for house key which she left in the car.  Testing repeated on a daily basis and 11 times daily.
  • GRAND-MOTHERING:  Test of ability to fall in love with offspring of offspring; be they hers or of those close to her.
  • FRIENDSHIP:  Test of ability to see the best in others while overlooking their flaws, provide solid moral support, sound advice if needed, and unconditional love.  Must also be able to mirror back friend's attributes in such way that friend can see her own inner-beauty AND that her a*s isn't really as fat as she thinks.
  • WHITE-LIE TEST:   See LOVE, PARENTING and FRIENDSHIP TESTS
  • DISENGAGEMENT:  Test of ability to learn from mistakes and enable:  change mode, adapt to circumstance mode, or withdrawal mode as appropriate.
  • HUMANITY:  Test of ability to allow herself to be fallible without guilt.  (At this time, no models have been able to pass this test 100% of the time.  The Manufacturer is content with the pass/fail ratio and will not issue an upgrade or patch to resolve.)
  • DISCERNMENT:  Test of ability to learn to employ that which is in her own best interest, while performing all of the above noted tests.  NOTE:  This is an ongoing test which will require reboot or adjustments as subject gains perspective through experience.


Enjoy Your Human!

 

© 2012 Shelley Holt-Lowrey


Author's Note

Shelley Holt-Lowrey







Read the Instruction MAN-ual for Men (by Mark) here


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you do this so well, and your knowledge of life on venus is obviously firsthand...now, taking into account the prettified primates you are principally addressing, i would like to add that life on mars begins (in my day) with training in cowboys-and-indians, and cops-and-robbers, a distrust of venusians, a gauntlet of caretakers and trainers and fraudulent symbols of the archetype that often impart to our little martians a cockeyed view of the girl things...but, this old martian can tell you that some of us make it through to the other side, where we actually learn the nature of trust and friendship, and there they keep each other, very well

Posted 9 Years Ago


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Geez..... I am just going to print this out and scotch tape it to my chest. That way, in the future, there won't be any explosive accidents with improper use. Then no one can claim ignorance on me when I blow a fuse.
This is quite the fiesty stab. Very very enjoyable. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

8 Years Ago

Smiling at this great review. Both thumbs? Thank you so much! :)
laughing here.. I was directed here by someone after I complained about not being supplied with an owners manual.. and while I see the humor of your piece I also see some good information as well.. I think I may have burned mine before I knew what it was.. so I may have to borrow yours from time to time..

Posted 8 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

8 Years Ago

Feel free. They are nearly interchangeable on many things with only subtle variances by model. Tha.. read more
Read Marks then had to switch over and read yours. Too funny. I laughed so loud my cat looked at me like I lost my fricken mind then promptly left the room. Funny Funny Read!

Posted 8 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

8 Years Ago

Lena, thank you so much. Appreciate your coming over her after Mark's story. Thanks as well for the .. read more
Some people just chap my hide! A recent interaction with another of our species was the impetus behind this story. Truth, does "bitter" make my A$$ look big?

Instruction Manual to follow. Currently being reviewed for technical accuracy.

Posted 8 Years Ago


This was just SO entertaining! Your insights and frankness as to the foibles of your own gender are mighty refreshing!
Thanks, also, for approving my request to compose a companion piece (I should NOT have without your OK), a link to which follows:

http://www.writerscafe.org/writing/mark090854/1042552/

Sorry, can't make a hyperlink in this frame (no "chain" thingy--anybody know how?)--just paste this into your browser, to get to my piece (Owner's manual for the Human Male). Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted 8 Years Ago


this is crazy...but I like it, and there are some truths here...now do we all come packaged with these instructions...

Posted 8 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

8 Years Ago

We sure should but sadly - nope. They get written as we go and gain our own unique experience. By t.. read more
This is fantastic!!!

Posted 9 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

8 Years Ago

Thank you so much. :)
Hi I enjoyed this and a clever idea, well executed, and i giggled somewhat at places, nice work!

Posted 9 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

9 Years Ago

Thank you Sheema. Very much. So appreciated when you stop in.
I've always wondered what a Life Time guarantee is?
Surely this should cover the age old how do you handle a woman? Caress her, love her, cherish her, be responsive to her needs, pay her compliments etc etc. Where as, how do you handle a man? Turn up naked and bring booze.
The idea, and write are excellent, subtle, pithy, (I said pithy) and of ulimate use unlike many instructions. Busy printing this out now.

Posted 9 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

9 Years Ago

I have a pal working on the male version. I have reserved exactly 20 characters for it. Hope he can .. read more
Ken Simm.

9 Years Ago

20 characters, Nah! Whose fooling who?
You should have a made in China version.

Posted 9 Years Ago


Shelley Holt-Lowrey

9 Years Ago

All I need to do is insert some mss spells and ensure the first three shipments are not to spec, but.. read more
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Clayton Bardwell

9 Years Ago

Ain't that the truth.

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Added on April 19, 2012
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