Thanks to Lori, I've learned about the Thursday Thirteen site. Seemed like a challenge to do, so here goes:
1. Cashiers who cannot figure out the change for any amount in their heads. The total is $14.80. I give him a $20 bill. Quick, what's the change? He has no idea. Heaven forbid I give $20.20. Major confusion. Incredible. What DO they teach in math these days?
2. People who do not use directional signals. Since the development of reliable ESP at all times is still a ways off, I don't just know you're about to turn right in front of me, so TURN ON YOUR SIGNAL. Thank you.
3. Computer-generated directions which take you way out of your way. Yes, you get to the destination eventually, but what were they thinking, taking you via the service road parallel to the highway--was that really the "shortest distance" you selected?
4. Blister packaging. Try getting one open without scissors. I dare you.
5. CD packaging. I understand the security concerns, but there's got to be a better solution than one which means cracking the plastic case 8 times out of 10.
6. Automated phone answering. Yes, yes, I know, it makes it easier to give out general information, but companies making it harder to get specific information or questions answered are beyond frustrating. And the phrase "Please listen to the entire message, as some of our options have changed" is usually a lie, isn't it?
7. Not being able to speak to a human being after patiently listening to all those "changed options". Hang up. Call somewhere else where they value my business enough to employ someone to answer the phone.
8. Supermarket produce bags which are impossible to open. When I'm juggling a half dozen peaches in one hand, I want to be able to whip open the bag to put them in with the other. Is that too much to ask? Apparently it is.
9. Annoying commercial jingles which stay in your head, sometimes for years. Pop pop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it--isn't.
10. No longer useful information which stays in your head, sometimes for years. A corollary to #9. The brain cells which are assigned to remember my telephone number from an apartment I rented during one summer during college can surely move on to another task now.
11. Cell phone ringtones. Usually annoying, sometimes embarrassing ( Even though it's a catchy and memorable oldie, Lady Marmalade's 'Voulez-vous couche avec moi, ce soir' is probably not what you'd want to have going off in the guidance counselor's office at your daughter's school conference). Whatever happened to a phone just ringing?
12. Instant message-speak used elsewhere. Ok, the commercial with the tween girl and her mother was funny, and it's where we probably all learned what a 'bff' was (best friend forever, for those not in the IM world), but other than that, IM'ing 'language' is best left to those who have no idea what to do with correction tape.
13. Needing 3 remotes to turn on the television. One for the TV itself, one for the sound, one to change the channel is two too many. I'm not advocating having to (gasp!) get up and turn it on or change the channels, but really!
I know there are many more, feel free to add your own. Happy Thursday.