Spent some time on the phone Sunday night with an old college buddy. While talking about the old times, we remembered a list we used to keep entitled "things that chap our *sses," which was full of little, random things that were irritating us at the time.
It was a goofy list and actually became the subject line of recurring email strings. It's funny because life is full of so many little things that, when they don't work right, can be big annoyances.
Here are a few off the top of my head:
Wrinkle free clothing -- I find myself cursing clothes makers every time I stand at my ironing board, staring down at the "no iron" tag. Go ahead, mock me, label ... I'm onto your little game.
Limited unlimiteds -- Honestly, I completely understand why many telcom providers are putting caps on data usage. I may not agree with it, but I certainly understand. But still using the term "unlimited," which some companies do, while limiting usage to a few gigabytes is a little ridiculous. Honesty goes a long way.
USB cables -- The "U" in USB stands for "universal," yet I have so many cables in my "gear drawer" I forget which cable works with which gadget most days. To this day, I still can't find a cable that works with my camera.
Inconsistent sizes -- Ladies, I don't know how you handle buying clothes. In my limited experience tagging along clothes shopping, I am always befuddled by the various sizing systems. For men, it's easy ... pants sizes go by inches (for the most part). When it comes to shirts, that's another story. What one line considers an XXL is about the same as an XL from another line. Let's just get a ruler, have a world-wide conference and set a standard.
Blackout rules for online streaming -- Like many, I purchase the MLB app for my mobile phone. For $15, it's pretty good. But the blackout rule needs to go away. Yeah, protecting the rights holders makes for a good line but let's be realistic: when given the choice between watching on one's phone or a glorious, HD television, which would you pick?
Lack of online information about a business -- I can't remember the last time I used a phone book for reasons one would formerly use a phone book. Like most people, I use Google. I can't figure out how in this day and age, some businesses don't put the most basic of information (like hours of operation) on their Web sites. Even more, there are still some who don't even have sites. It's 2011. I think it's fair to say that the Internet is a little more than a passing fad.
Pointless voicemails -- This is a favorite of mine. Your phone says you have a voice mail or a text message from somebody who says "Hey, just calling/texting to ask you a question. Get a hold of me when you can." I always grin when I get those messages ... why not just ask the question right away?
Anyway, like I said, these are some of the little things that are pretty silly on the surface but can be frustrating in the heat of the moment. What little things get under your skin? You know the drill, share it below.