Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"V" as in VERY frustrating for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Jenny Matlock at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  Today we are studying the letter "V" as in VERY frustrating.
OK, let's not even talk about computers.  We know they can be VERY frustrating.

Let's talk about toothpaste tubes.  Who decided to change the tubes so that we can no longer squeeze the bottom and get 99% of the toothpaste out of the tube?  Remember the good old days when the tube went flat?
Today's tubes are VERY frustrating.

I found a plastic thing that you can slip on the bottom of the tube and push it up as you go along.  I now get at least 90% of the toothpaste out of the tube.  If you don't have one of these little plastic things you're wasting a lot of toothpaste.  The bad news is that these plastic things are hard to get on the end of the tube.  I often have to get my son to do it for me because I don't have the strength in my fingers to get it on.  That's VERY frustrating to me too.  What was wrong with the old tubes???

Television sets are now VERY frustrating too.  I'd like my TV to come on right away.  I don't want to see the PLEASE WAIT message.  I guess I'm an instant gratification kind of person.  Waiting like that is not an improvement in technology.  Here's a picture of our first TV set back in 1951.  It's in the background behind my sister and me.  It had tubes that had to warm up when you turned it on.  I swear those tubes warmed up faster that the TV set I have now.
Yes, sometimes the tubes burned out.  When that happened my mother would just call Mr. Benny and he'd come out and test the tubes and replace whatever needed replacing.

When my mother called Mr. Benny (or anyone else) she spoke to an actual human being.  Does anyone remember those days?
I don't know about you, but I find it VERY frustrating to call a company and have to go through a 15 minute menu with some recorded voice.  (Don't you love it when they say, "Your call is important to us.")  Perhaps 15 minutes is an exaggeration, but it seems that long or longer.  At least 50% of the time nothing in their menu has anything to do with why I'm calling.  If I'm lucky I'll then be put on hold to speak with the next representative and wait another 15 minutes until a real human being comes on the line.

There's only one company that I've dealt with in recent times that doesn't do that to me.  I'd like to give a shout out to  I am in no way, shape or form reimbursed for my praise.  It's genuine.  I am a loyal customer and do buy kitty litter and pet supplies from them.  Their customer service is excellent.  A human being always answers the phone and an E-mail gets an immediate response.  Why can't more companies do that nowadays?

Years ago it was always VERY frustrating to me when my grandmother would talk about the nickle loaf of bread, the penny postcard, etc.   I couldn't understand why she was always living in the past.  I'm afraid I've become my grandmother and that too is VERY frustrating.

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting.


  1. Yep, I agree wholeheartedly! Especially the "customer service but wait forever to get it" -- and then 9 times out of 10 they can't really help you once you finally reach a living person!
    The toothpaste tubes started getting impossible to empty when they went to whatever plastic is being used to make them.... it won't flatten like the old ones which had some sort of metal in them (remember how the logo would peel off when you bent the tube?) Of course we probably were ingesting metal when we brushed!! Oh well.
    Too bad we don't have Mr. Benny now LOL! Today's Mr. Bennys don't know what they're doing and charge an arm and a leg for it!!

  2. Hah! I know exactly what you mean - I think I'm turning into my Mom!

  3. Yes, it's very frustrating to find the empty tooth paste! LOL! The language of my blog is Spanish, but also put the titles in English, and most of the comments are in English!

  4. All so true ~ the Information Age is frustrating a lot of people! Great post and photos for V!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. You are funny and I agree with you. I hate having to call some place - I want to talk to a representative and it is so hard to find how to get one!

  6. You are not alone in your frustration! Customer Service is going by the wayside! I will check out your pet food and supply company. I do love good CS! The new T.V.'s are worse than the old b/w models! They warm up for ever and also when changing a channel. Argh...frustration! Great post Betty. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I enjoyed my visit very much!

  7. I agree with you on all things. I'd changed toothpaste so I thought it was just that company. We have cable TV and every now and then the cable loses connection so we have to call the company up and ask it to remotely connect it. That drives me up the wall. I worry that it'll happen to the Mama when we aren't home. Yes, I've definitely become one of the old fogeys that I used to roll my eyes whenever they complained. lol

  8. I think your post will touch everyone that reads it . I pull the tube along the edge of the sink that seems to get it in the right place.
    My Godmother used to cut the end of and used to get another two weeks of paste

  9. I hear you, Betty! Modern "improvements" have not always made our lives better. ;))

  10. Great post Betty, yes I very frustrated with a lot of things these days too.


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