When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have much to write about. Thankfully (/s), the universe knew it was Frustration Friday and handed me a steaming pile of crap to deal with.
I apologize in advance, friends. This one gets a little crankier than I normally try to go with Frustration Friday, but here we go!
I’ve written about this before, but it continues to plague me, so I must again share my frustrations about people who are oblivious to the world around them.
- If someone in your immediate vicinity is wearing headphones and clearly trying to focus, don’t talk so loudly. Better yet, move your conversation elsewhere.
- If the person next to you on the bus is wearing headphones or reading a book or even just playing on their phone, they’re busy. Leave them alone.
- If you’re not certain that all your friends have seen a movie or TV show yet, discuss spoilers quietly or somewhere else.
- If you’re at work or in another professional setting, keep religious and/or political talk to a minimum. Don’t assume that everyone believes or practices as you do — yes, even in Utah Valley. Don’t be that guy.
- If you’re walking down the hallway and need to stop, move to one side so people can pass you.
- If you’re walking down the hallway, at least glance up from your phone every now and then so you don’t walk into anybody.
- If you’ve never experienced a Big Picture Problem (poverty, harassment, abuse, mental health problems, physical health problems, etc.), don’t spout off nonsense. Listen to those who have. Believe them.
Read the room. You’re a smart person; you know that you shouldn’t talk on your phone in a public restroom because A) nobody else needs to hear your conversation and B) the person you’re talking to doesn’t need to hear you pee. You know that your workplace is for work, so keep your chatty conversations short or take them to the breakroom. That’s what the breakroom is for.
I don’t really know how to explain this except to say that I don’t think the heater in my office has ever actually been used. Today, it was so cold my legs cramped up.
Last winter, it was cold enough daily that everyone in my room brought blankets, gloves, and space heaters to work. We repeatedly told the maintenance people that our heater wasn’t working, but they must not have believed us or maybe it didn’t seem that cold to them. I don’t know.
But when they finally did turn the heater on for the first time, halfway through December, it smelled like burning dust and oil. So they turned it off again, and decided it was better to just not run the heater at all because the smell was making everyone sick.
Leaving the heater off all winter is not the right way to deal with a stinky heater.
Juggling Email Accounts
I got my Apple account in like 2006 when all the email addresses ended in @mac.com. At some point, Apple decided to switch them all to @me.com, so then I had two Apple addresses. Then they changed it again to @iCloud.com. So now I have three Apple addresses.
In 2007, when I first started using Google Docs, you had to have a Gmail account to use the Google suite. (Now you can set up a Google account with your own email address, whatever that may be.) So I got an @gmail.com address.
For the last 10 years or so, I’ve primarily used my @mac.com address, which is a problem when somebody wants to share a Google Doc with me. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had to tell somebody, “Oh, sorry, send it to this other email address,” I could’ve retired by now.
Now that I’m married and I’ve changed my name, I have a new @gmail.com address. Which means now I have two Google accounts, which means two YouTube accounts, two Google suite accounts, and a bunch of Google Docs stuck in the old account.
And as it turns out, I can’t change my Apple account email. I’m stuck with the @mac.com address.
Please make it stop.
What’s stressing you out, my comrades? Let’s hear it!
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