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Thursday June 24 2021

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Potpourri 4870    "It's A Mad, Mad World.....Packaging?"     Part 51
Pet Peeve #1 - Do Sadists Design Our Modern Packages?
We silent oafs in Society seldom voice our "Pet Peeves" about "Improvements."
After all, Improvements, by definition, make things better. Or do they?
Two years (or more) ago I discussed my "Pet Peeve" with "Button Designers."
I was convinced that shirt designers have "Sadistic Intentions" purposely making
slots one sixteenth of an inch too small for buttons. As a Senior, I had to
fight to get them through the holes. Then if I did them up wrong and one side of
the shirt was longer than the other, it was another fight to open them.
Today, my "Pet Peeve" is "Packaging Improvements."
I am paranoid enough to believe that nobody gets a job as a "Package Designer"
unless they have a proven Sadistic Personality Disorder.
Let me give you a few examples of what I am talking about, and there are
many others that are not mentioned here as well.
For allergies, I take one white extra-strength Benadryl caplet a day.
The pill is encased in plastic on a small aluminum colored cardboard sheet about
one inch long and half an inch wide.
To get the pill out, one is supposed to simply peel off the back of the cardboard
and pop it out. Did I say "simply?"
Yes, I did. Silly me. Getting that backing off the package is not as easy as it
sounds. It takes me a minimum of three minutes and sometimes closer to five to
get that bloody little pill out. My wife, God Bless her, can usually peel it off
within a minute, but even then she sometimes struggles longer with some of them.
Now if it were only the Benadryl caplets that are so well sealed to cause
trouble for Seniors, I wouldn't be complaining here. Unfortunately it is not.
Have you tried to open a bag of Cheezies lately?
At one time you could just take the bag and pull the top open.
Try that today. With Herculean force you might be able to tear the bag but when
it flies open you'll end up with a mess of Cheezies on the floor.
Why should we have to carry around scissors just to open Cheezies? That's nuts.
What about milk cartons? There is a place on the cardboard container where you
are supposed to be able to push back the corners and form a spout for pouring
out the front. The "Sadistic designers" apparently thought that was too easy.
On many cartons they are now using Gorilla Glue.
It is almost impossible to open those cartons without tearing the spout. Grrr.
In our household, we usually buy 4 liter plastic containers of milk.
Until recently, it was fairly easy to break the lid's plastic seal.
"Not so fast!" said the "Sadistic milk container designers.
They have added a second seal under the milk lids.
Good luck opening those lids. Oh, they can be opened. Pounding gently around
the rim with a knife handle and running hot water over them usually helps.
When those procedures don't work, vice-grip pliers can do the trick.
Perhaps even more importantly than all of the above frustrations is the fact that
my Ballantines Scotch Whisky now has an extra metal seal that must be broken.
Once again, a knife to cut the rim and vice-grip pliers make that task easier.
"Toys?" Have you ever tried to help a child open a toy packaged in plastic?
Again, I wish you "Good Luck" with that.
Oh, I could go on listing "Sadistic Packaging Improvements" that
have made the Modern World "worse." You probably can too.
For instance, check out the guy in the "Video" below.
(Readers have permission to copy and e-mail any of my blogs to acquaintances.)

YouTube Video ------> "A Sadistically Designed Package"

The Gapfire Free Play Area   Thursday June 24   2021
For Friday's Race 8 at Santa Anita our Quickgaps were 7-5-1-8.
Result: "Yes!" 9/1/5 Kevin's Exacta $22.90   (Tri $68.40)
For Saturday's Race 10 at Belmont our Quickgaps were 4-11-13-10.
Result: "Yes!" 13/4/2 Quickgap #13 $9.70 W Kev's #4 $4.50 P #13 Not bet on top. 
For Thursday's Race 4 at Belmont our Quickgaps were 1-2-8-6.
Result:  "Yes!" 1/7/8 Quickgap #1 $6.60 W Kevin's Exacta $21.60  (Tri $131.60)
For Friday's Race 5 at Belmont our Quickgaps were 11-10-7-6.
Result: "Yes!" Kevin's key #10 We Ready $6.50 P   No Exacta. 4/10/6
For Sunday's Race 10 at Belmont our Quickgaps were 11-8-1-2.
Kevin played 1 Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #11 Willow Grove and,
Exactas 2-8-11/1-2-4-8-9-11.
Result: "Yes!" Quickgap #2 $7.10 W Kevin's 2/4 Exacta $32.60
Kevin will post a play on Thursday by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies!

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