A Basque in Boise

How to appear helpful while being totally useless

I went to the gym on Saturday, saw the sign on the Stairmaster and thought – not for the first time – what a waste of time and of a perfectly good sheet of paper that announcement is.

I meant to take a picture before I left but I forgot, which ended up not being a big deal as I went back on Sunday and the paper was still stuck to the machine. I know what you’re thinking, it’s the weekend, give them a break. Sure, but remember, I’ve been going to this gym for the last six years and it’s not the first time I’ve seen a broken machine with an “Out of Order, Estimated repair time ASAP” sign glued to the screen.

What does that mean anyway? ASAP doesn’t really help unless you know when the machine broke down. And even then, it just gives the impression that something is being done without any type of commitment. Try that move with your fiancée when she’s trying to book the restaurant and getting the wedding invitations done.

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4 thoughts on “How to appear helpful while being totally useless

  1. Baska

    You’re not alone. At my gym, the signs say “temporarily out of order.” And “temporarily” usually means a month, two months…

  2. Baska

    You’re not alone. At my gym, the signs say “temporarily out of order.” And “temporarily” usually means a month, two months…

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