I used to have a list of simple things I thought most people would agree with. Given today’s politics, maybe agreement is out of the question.

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In no particular order, here’s my list of small changes that would improve everyday living:

  • Truth in packaging – If a package says “push here to open” a person should not need a hammer and a chisel to push the opening in. If it says “Tear here to open” it should tear as advertised. Those dotted lines with a picture of a scissors indicate that the manufacturer already realizes it won’t tear open as advertised. I appreciate all the safety seals but sometimes I find myself using a knife to get the plastic off. Not particularly safe. Again, those little perforations do not yield to fingernails. Really, how hard would these things be to fix?
  • Bath products with easy to read labels – I’m thinking that shampoo and conditioner containers could be designed with a large “S” and “C” readable without glasses. Most people don’t wear reading glasses in the shower. My son took a permanent marker to his and it works. We can’t be the only two people with this problem. Step up designers!
  • Car door handles – I would like to be able to exit a strange car without having to feel the door up to figure out how to open it. I suppose standardizing wouldn’t be in keeping with the free market but no one sells their handles as a major reason to buy a particular vehicle. Getting out shouldn’t require frisking a quarter of the door to figure it out.
  • Kudos to Apple TV – My sons both have it and all the gadgets take only one remote control at my youngest son’s house and at my oldest son’s house I just talk to the TV. If all those remotes can be consolidated or eliminated, other problems can surely be solved. It is an electronic victory for hope and change.
  • Rural broadband – For those of us not living in urban areas, I’d ask the wizards of technology to not forget about us. More people might choose to live “in the middle of no where” if they could stay connected. Until they figure this out, I’d be happy if Verizon would quit telling me to move away from tall trees when I start the conversation by saying I am a campground host in a National Forest.

These are obviously first world problems. I am not complaining, just offering some simple ideas for improvements that seem simple to make.

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