I frequently find myself drawing back from the edge of frustration by reminding myself that in an earlier era, I wouldn't have had the convenience that is now creating my anger by not working as planned. In this I attempt to follow the wisdom of Louis C.K.: It's going to space. Give it a second.
Here are my modern inconveniences. What are yours?
- Going to the washer to transfer its load to the dryer, only to find that I forgot to shut the lid and therefore the spin cycle didn't happen.
- Having to go inside of the gas station to pay because the credit card reader on the pump is out of order (or, heaven forbid, absent entirely).
- Not being able to connect to the hard drive attached to our wireless network.
- Local programs or events for which no information is available on the web.
- Yahoo! Shopping.
- Books with no "Look Inside" feature on Amazon. (Less annoying because of the novelty factor, but on the rise: Newly published books with no Kindle edition.)
- Songs for which the same incorrect lyrics are posted on every lyric site on the web.
- Convenience stores that aren't open seven days a week. (Similarly: Fast food outlets that are closed on holidays.)
- People with no Facebook profile picture, network, or location information, making them hard to eliminate when you're trying to find that one particular John Q. Smith you went to high school with.