highlight guy

By | April 17, 2008

Today on the streetcar, I was standing beside some guy with a book — he was sitting and I was swinging on the pole beside him. Almost every single line on the pages he had open were highlighted in yellow.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in school but isn’t one supposed to highlight only the important parts?

I was thinking he just should have written a note to himself at the top — something in less garish pencil reminding him to read the entire pages. Even a post-it note would have sufficed.

Another thing was bugging me today: people who don’t know how to use Word. If I see another document where spaces are used instead of tabs or the numbering is done manually, so the text does not line up properly, I will lose my mind.

This is what I mean…

Not this:

  1. This is the first item. It’s a long item and might extend over two lines. But look how using the numbering function makes it look neat.
  2. This is the second item. It’s a long item and might extend over two lines. But look how using the numbering function makes it look neat.

But this:

1. This is the first item. It’s a long item and extends over two lines. And look how it looks messy.

2. This is the second item. It’s a long item and extends over two lines. And look how it looks messy.

Using word processing software is a fundamental skill. People who who can’t format a document properly really have no business near a memo. Sure, you can fool people by printing out a document but if you send it to me by email, I’m going to know…

And because I have nothing else to worry about, it will bother me like an itch in the middle of my back.

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