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January 7, 2009

Did they really need to say it?

I really don’t have time to be blogging right now, but I ran across one of those moments today where I asked myself, did they really need to say it?  I read something along the lines of “be careful, the cup of hot coffee you are about to enjoy is hot.” today so I have to share it with you but first a little background.

For those of you who know me, you know that since about my sophmore year of college I have been battling the bulge.  I put on a little extra weight while training for college football and it has stuck around ever since.  I gained even more weight after college when I started driving a desk every day as a computer programmer, but I digress.  I have made it a goal this year to lose some weight and I am actually serious about it this year.  To that end, I used some of the money that I received for Christmas this year to purchase some workout stuff for home for those days when I just can’t make it to the gym.

One such piece of equipment was a medicine ball for doing core work and for use with some yoga/pilates type stuff I want to start trying to help with my flexibility and lean muscle strength.

Toning Ball Workout Kit

After I got done eating my delicious picante chicken from The Biggest Loser Cookbook and washing the dishes I began to unpack my new treasures.  When I opened the ball I thought to myself, this is pretty cool, this looks like a pretty well constructed medicine ball.  Then, I found the paper insert in the box and decided to humor them and read it.  Then I found this:

SET-UP

  1. Remove the Fit Ball and workout DVD from box and check for shipping damage. (OK, I did this)
  2. Your Fit Ball is now ready for use. (HUH?!?!?!  Did they really need to say that)

Really?  What scares me though is that they wouldn’t have had to put the 2 step wonder instructions if they didn’t think that someone needed them.

Jim: Hey Bob, that’s a fancy lookin box you got there.
Bob: Don’t I know it, that is a great looking box, it really helps me with that Pilates (pronounced Pilots) stuff that my wife got me into.

Jim: Aren’t you supposed to take the ball out of the box though
Bob: Shoot, I don’t know, it doesn’t say to on the outside of the box…they said it came with a workout video, but the box doesn’t fit in my DVD player.

Here’s the kicker…the directions were in the box  underneath the ball.  So by the time you got to the directions, you had already accomplished them…

I don’t know what I would have done if I had gotten to the directions and they said:

SET-UP

  1. DO NOT OPEN THE BOX FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER!!!
  2. IF YOU OPEN THE BOX YOU ARE SERIOUSLY SCREWED THE DYE USED IN THE RUBBER IS TOXIC TO HUMAN BEINGS

    AND WILL KILL YOU IN 24 HOURS…THE CARDBOARD USED IN OUR PACKAGING KEEPS THE BALL FROM KILLING YOU…GUESS YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT ANY MORE…SUCKER!!!

If you don’t hear from me after 24 hours then you know what happened to me, call my wife…but wait, I got her a ball too…

I hope you  are having a great new year…I have to get back to work…

One Comment on “Did they really need to say it?

Kristin Schaaf
January 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm

ha! so true. i think people need to be pc these days and legally need to cover their butts or something. you never know what idiot will sue because their coffee was too hot. oh, wait, someone did that already. 🙂

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