I got out of bed Saturday morning and my left wrist was aching.  By Monday the pain was severe and I couldn’t even lift a cat with my left arm.

I’m reminded of the Austrian painter who was praised for his efforts at capturing the majesty of bricks and marble but people in his paintings were essentially stick figures and some blotches of paint. Later he started World War Two.

As I’m right-handed I can still shave and brush my teeth and the pain is starting to subside.  Any quick movement still hurts.

This morning I needed to open a new package of toothpaste.  I buy toiletries in bulk at Costco and you need both hands to wrestle open a package.  I get the impression the folks who market Colgate are happy when I buy the product but don’t give any consideration to how consumers use toothpaste much less open the boxes.  I had to fetch a kitchen knife and the fear here is always you’ll puncture a tube while opening the packaging.

Engineers have had these issues as long as I can remember.  Guys from high school who ended up in engineering roles weren’t the most social.  When foreign cars started selling in large numbers in the United States it wasn’t just about gas mileage.  The Japanese especially had considered how drivers and passengers actually used the vehicles.  American engineers were still giggling about Henry Ford’s claim you can get it in any color as long as it’s black.  I’m reminded of the Austrian painter who was praised for his efforts at capturing the majesty of bricks and marble but people in his paintings were essentially stick figures and some blotches of paint.  Later he started World War Two.

Not every packager is socially inept.  The following picture of a box of deodorant shows someone gets the idea.  You stick a thumb in a hole and, PRESTO!  Then all you have to do is wrestle with the tightly packed individual dispensers.

A daily gripe. Courtesy, Bill Colley.