Just for Fun: What 2012 Trends Really Irked You?

We are done giving thanks for another year. Now let's talk about things that really annoyed us in 2012. I'll start....

Here's the editor's list of things that really bugged her this year.  Feel free to add your own in the comment section below:

1.  Half-sheeted paper towels...I really just want a full sheet to dry my hands

2.  People who order overly complicated coffee drinks....this might be a tea-drinker's bias, but why am I always in line behind these people?

3.  Ralston Avenue traffic.....need I say more?

4.  Black Friday on Wednesday AND Thursday

5.  That song by Phillip Phillips....it's a good song--but please, once, maybe twice a day tops

6.  People who already have their Christmas trees up

7.  The ba-zillion catalogs that stuff my mailbox daily, and from which I will order absolutely nothing

8.  Special tools used just to lift a turkey out of the pan....come on

9.  Political ads (I know, the election is over, but yet, they linger)

10. Dogs in strollers

Okay, now it's your turn....let it rip!

Rex November 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I buy the half-sheet towels as that's usually all I need. Occasionally when I need more, I take two. But I am annoyed by people who do their Christmas shopping in August or September. It just encourages the stores to put out their Christmas stuff earlier and earlier. Why not just have Christmas promotions and music all year long if it'll get people to buy more? :^)
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Ugh....yes! That's another good one---thanks Rex. (I have an aunt who sends a box in mid-Aug. full of Christmas-wrapped items, which, I stuff in a closet and forget about until the about the following Aug.)
Eric Dentler November 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
DWD - Driving with Dog: why do people who insist on driving with dogs in between them and the steering wheel or panting out the drivers window. This is wrong so many levels.
Christa Bigue (Editor) November 23, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks for giving me a good laugh this morning, Joan! Here are 2 that I can add to that list: 1) Gangnam Style. I am so tired of hearing that song and hearing adults and kids make references to the YouTube video. Yes, it was funny and fun when it first came out, but let's move on! 2) Ads/TV commercials for tablet devices...there seem to be so many on the market now competing with Apple and all are advertised as quicker, hipper, cheaper, lighter, thinner, more fun, flip it here, click it there ...yet the commercials are in-your-face, SO annoying. My heart must be apple-shaped b/c I prefer Apple's simple product demonstrations — the best ads are the products themselves!
Forrest Park November 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Why do dogs in strollers upset you? It's safer for everyone; the dogs, people on the street, no peepin', no poopin'. And people with dogs in strollers are invariably courteous, unlike people with kids in strollers, who just barge their way into any place, who will run you over if you don't move, who are always angry and aggressive. And kids in harness? Hey, I'll take a dog anyday.
Michael Williams November 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Packaging! - Blister packages that require you to hack at the plastic with a sharp tool, destroy the instructions and warranty, and risk damaging the product and/or your fingers... a few intelligent manufacturers provide pop-open clamshells or tabs for opening, they all should. - Food packages with flaps welded shut with glue-of-steel... no way you have anything but shredded cardboard to slip into that neat "close here" slot. - Inside the glued-shut box... a plastic inner bag somewhat stronger than steel, certainly stronger than any human fingers. Really? Corn flakes require that level of protection... and our human hands don't? Making product packaging safe and accessible to seniors and disabled should be part of consumer product safety - in manufacturer QA and, if necessary, Federal regulation. I'm tired of the struggles to get to products I've paid for.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) November 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
You've got me there Forrest---I agree, anyone who is a responsible pet owner and is doing what's best for the animal is okay by me. (it's just that some of those strollers are SO over the top!) And I'm with you---I'll take a dog in a stroller over a kid on a harness any day!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) November 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Another good one---I read a statistic recently about the number of emergency room visits related to blister package lacerations. Why should we be forced to buy a special "tool" just to open packages? Ugh!


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