As I was driving in traffic on the way home from work the other day, someone pulled out in front of me and forced me to slam on my brakes. Not a big deal, right? It happens to everyone, and like everyone else, it immediately got my blood pressure up. Then I started thinking though; what’s the big deal? He changed lanes two seconds later, and I was on my way again. His actions cost me maybe a second of extra time on my evening commute, if that. A minor annoyance, at best.
This got me thinking about other extremely minor things that seem to annoy me to no end, and I came up with a list. For your reading pleasure, here are the top five things that annoy me but in the end probably aren’t worth getting annoyed about.
#5 – Change
Lately, I’ve been paying for more things with cash. With the rise in new Debit fees and a general desire to keep better track of how I’m spending my money, cash makes a lot of sense. The problem is the change. I don’t have anything against change, personally. In fact, I love being able to save my change and then later use it exclusively to pay for stuff. Who doesn’t like giving the cashier a handful of quarters?
No, the real issue with change is how its given to me. See, nearly every cashier I’ve paid with cash gives me my change in the same way. Cash on the bottom, then receipt on top of the cash, with change on top of the receipt. So now I’m standing in line with my wallet in one hand, my change stack in the other, and my food sitting there waiting for my imaginary third hand to pick it up and move on. See, for me at least, the change, receipt, and wallet all go in three separate pockets. So before I can do anything, I have to put my wallet down, stand there and sort this stack that the cashier just gave me. Not a big deal, certainly, but enough so that I have to stop and hold up the line while others are trying to move through.
If they’d just separate it as they hand it to me, that’d make things so much easier. I don’t care how else they do it, just don’t hand it to me as one big stack!
#4 – Universal Remote
A couple of years ago when we moved to Houston, we go a new entertainment system. New TV, Bluray, speakers, the works. To control all of this, we got a swanky universal remote to turn everything on and off with one button press. It works pretty well for the most part. However, the Bluray player, which also doubles as the sound system, is placed in the cabinet so that the cross beams of the window sit right in front of the IR receiver. This means that every time we want to watch TV and turn everything on, we have to make sure the remote is pointed at just the right angle to turn the receiver on. If we don’t (which is often the case when my daughter tries to turn it on), we have to go through this help process on the remote which would probably take longer than just turning it all on manually.
So why haven’t I changed the position of the receiver? Because I like how it looks in the cabinet, and the inconvenience of turning it on hasn’t been enough yet to overcome that. That may change eventually.
#3 – Facebook
There was once a time when Facebook was fun. It was great reconnecting with old friends from school and getting to know new friends even better. Now though, it’s quickly turning into more of a pain than it’s worth. The constant changes to the site, the drama between friends and family, the incessant updates about nothing but pets… it’s all just becoming too much for me.
The problem is, Facebook, I just can’t quit you. I’ve tried. When Google+ came up, I did my best to get friends on board with invites, with little success. Everyone is so engrained in Facebook that it seems almost an impossible task to start over somewhere else. Until it is no longer the place to be, I’ll have to stick around too I suppose.
#2 – Package Deliveries
Whatever happened to timely deliveries? I’m not just talking about your packages getting to your home on the day they are supposed to. No, what we’ve had to deal with lately are companies who deliver their packages as late as 8:00 or 9:00 at night. That’s late enough that our daughter is often in bed by that time. Still, they ring the doorbell twice and knock loudly on the door, like it’s the middle of the day.
Why? What’s the point once it gets that late? Just come back the next day at a reasonable hour. Or hey, here’s a thought, just deliver it when it’s supposed to be delivered in the first place.
#1 – Truck Nuts
Do I even need to explain this one?