Thursday, April 19, 2007

That Plastic Stuff

I was printing some things on one of the office printers today. It's a new printer that we've had here for about a month, rather nice, it prints and does printer type things like jamming and spilling toner everywhere.

I noticed that no one had taken the plastic protective sheeting thing off the display panel. You know that protective film that all electronic things have on their clear panels before they're actually bought. It's on phone displays, on remote controls, it's on decent watch faces and pretty much anything you can think of.

So I immediately peeled it off, to reveal a sparkling unblemished clear plastic panel underneath.

As far as I'm concerned that's what we are supposed to do. We buy something, we take it home, we peel off all the peelable offable things and have fun. But some people don't do that. They keep the protective film on for the lifetime of the specific device.

Why?

It doesn't make sense to me. It's like owning a classic Ferrari and never driving it or having a beautiful snare drum made from wood found at the bottom of Lake Superior and never playing it. Or, the worst offence as far as I'm concerned, owning a settee and forcing people to sit on the plastic covering rather than on the actual upholstery.

What's all that about then?

3 comments:

darwin said...

Yeah I totally don't get that. My mom does that and it drives me mad. I peel it off and then I see her sticking it back on when she thinks I'm not looking!

Anonymous said...

Rhythmic. U hit it on the head. I know what U mean. You pay money and buy a car and save the upholstry for some other bloke to ruin.


JP

Anandawardhana said...

Yeah that is absolutely pointless! I have a friend who's totally into this plastic thing. He hasn't removed even the polythene cover of his computer keybord! This guy has his beautiful settee and sofas all over the place with plastic covers. I never take those seats when I go there, because the farty "prrr prr" sounds of the polythene drives me mad :-o