(Photo from Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library )
The most anal pedometer challenge EVER!
Our library was offering free pedometers if you agreed to participate in the employee step challenge and I thought, sure, why not. I figured I would just clip the thingy on me and go about business as usual. Sadly, no.
They gave us some damn touchy plastic pedometers. Below are the actual instructions sent to us by management on how to properly use it:
You really DO need to wear it close to the center of your body – not “out there” on that outer belt loop. The pedometer needs to feel the motion of both legs striding; wear it off to one side and you run the risk of it not registering half of your steps.
You’ll hear a teeny little “clicking” sound as you take steps – that’s the weight inside the meter, ticking back and forth to change the counter. So ANY time you hear a “click” you’ve added steps.
Whenever you compromise the location of the pedometer, i.e. in the restroom; changing into your walking/workout duds, etc……you might tweak a few extra steps from the gadget. Or, you might accidentally press the Reset button and clear out the steps. Please be aware of this and take a look at the number on the device before manipulating your clothing. Use care when performing “potentially button-pushing activities,” such as buckling your seatbelt, leaning over to load/unload your car after shopping, etc. – make sure your pedometer hasn’t zeroed out.
When (not if) the screen goes BLANK (because it will, esp. if you set it down “flat” for awhile):
Do not panic and start pressing any ol’ button.
Press the “Reset” (R) button ONLY ONCE . Your step count should re-appear. If you press the (R) button twice, it will clear out your step count entirely.
Cripes! Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball!
I think you have to wear this pedometer while on the “road to Hell” although there is currently no word on how the pavers will affect performance…
My favorite line, however, is ‘before manipulating your clothing’….how can I work that into casual conversation?
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