Help - I Don't Belong in the 21st Century!

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Help - I don't belong in the 21st Century!

Breaking Point

I knew that I had finally snapped, when I found myself at the chopping board with a tube of toothpaste and a carving knife.

I was aware that my Husband was watching me over my shoulder. He was taking a deep breath to pluck up the courage to ask me what I was doing, fearing the worse.

“I am just trying to open it!”, I exclaimed.

He examined the tube of toothpaste and sure enough admitted there just didn’t seem to be any way to get into it.

Toothpaste Instructions?

On further examination, we found an instruction leaflet inside the box, explaining that you actually use the cap of the tube to pierce the end of the toothpaste tube, ah yes of course silly us….

Now, if we had already thrown the toothpaste box away it would have left us no alternative but to go with the carving knife option.

Do we really need instructions on how to open a tube of toothpaste?

Apparently I do…

Welcome to the 21st Century

The toothpaste episode really got me thinking about life’s little changes over the years. There are many annoyances that I am struggling with, and these repeated frustrations are responsible for making me (just a little bit) irritable. I’m really starting to think that I don’t belong in the 21st Century!


Shopping to (Hard Rock) Music

When music was first introduced to supermarket shopping, it seemed like a revolutionary idea at the time. We would drift around the aisles, shopping list in hand, humming to Tchaikovsky in a dream-like state. Or I would find myself happily tapping my fingers on the handle of the shopping cart, whilst Mozart helped me to pick my weekly groceries. It used to be a very pleasant shopping experience.

But then it seemed that someone, somewhere had a brainstorm and decided that the general public needed livening up a bit. Obviously, the way forward was so get the shopping done to hard rock music. Oh and by the way let’s crank up the volume a few decibels.

I'm going bananas!
I'm going bananas!

I Think I Am 'Losing The Plot!'

I just want to buy some cheese

Where is the cheese

That boom, boom, boom

It’s getting louder I’m sure

My head is pounding

I’ve been up this aisle before

And down this one twice

Can’t think straight

Excuse me

Pardon?

I said excuse me

The store closes at eight

And I’m looking for some cheese

No problem - you’ll find the peas

Over there aisle number three

Mouthwash: all I want to do is open the lid!
Mouthwash: all I want to do is open the lid!

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere…

Have you noticed that most things that you buy today are wrapped in plastic? Someone somewhere is getting a little obsessive about it and is covering the lids of our jars and bottles and testing my patience!

Before you even think about unscrewing that lid you have to wrestle with the plastic.

And what about our environment? We don’t want all this plastic. Don’t manufacturers know that to the average consumer it’s virtually indestructible (which is more than can be said about my patience)?

I’ve brushed my teeth nice and clean

That’s part one of my routine

Mouthwash makes my breath fresh and nice

I take a swill, swish around and gargle twice


But today is indeed a dreaded day

That plastic wrapping stands in my way

I pull and tug and try to tear

The plastic wrapping that is there


I try the scissors they don’t fit

Now my longest nail has split

It’s off! It’s shredded into strips

Looks like a record just 10 bits!

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Aaaaaaagh!!!

Now I’m wondering, how do lovely little old ladies cope with all these obstacles? They too must be struggling; they must get frustrated and annoyed -

- shopping in supermarkets that are more like nightclubs,

- trying to open lids,

- wrestling with plastic wrapping.

Wait a minute…

I’m struggling…

I’m frustrated…

I’m annoyed…

Oh no…

I am that little old lady…!

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Comments 171 comments

Memories1932 5 years ago

Thanks for this great article, I can really relate to it. Oh for the good old days when one could go shopping with out listening to that noise that they call music now. As for the plastic wrap, I find that most frustrating. Have a great peaceful day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Memories, it's nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this, Oh for the good ol' days! thank you for your comments I really appreciate them, have a wonderful weekend:-)


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Hey MM, I think you've struck a chord. The reason manufacturers wrap lids and caps in plastic is 'for your protection' ...from a tiny minority of evil-doers, whose intent is to make our lives miserable by poisoning us. It's unfortunate it has come to this, as it doesn't get to the root of the problem (children not being raised properly). As far as packaging goes, it's a bit short-sighted...the manufacturers need to do more market research to find workable solutions that don't confound their end-users. You may have just inspired a companion hub. :)

As far as the music goes, I guess people don't like to hear themselves think, and end up buying stuff they didn't want...LOL. Seriously though..silence is good thing. I like to stop and smell the roses.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I think we all are old ladies when it comes to open wrappings! It is almost impossible to do without real tools! Often when I struggle with a wrapping I think about those people who do the designs of these wrapping; who are they and do they have some phobia and believe that all products are outbreaks professionals and designs the wrappings to prevent them from escaping! It is really annoying and it makes us a bit stupid and that couldn't be what the producers intended!

Thanks for writing this hub!

Tina


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi timorous, thanks for dropping by today it always brightens my day to see you.

Yes, it's a sad thought that it's come to this, as irritating as it is, plastic on lids is for our protection, a more workable solution though would be welcomed:-) I will look out for a companion hub!!

The loud music when shopping certainly blows my concentration, I am likely to end up with nothing, anything or everything:-)

I agree silence is good...

Thank you so much for your comments, take care and have a great day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, wrestling with the plastic packaging always seems to make me feel inadequate, I wonder is it really that difficult to get into or am I getting weaker?!

Yes good question who are these people that design this stuff and have they tried opening it?

Thank you for calling in and leaving your great comments, I really appreciate it, hope you have a great weekend.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Comical Read Movie Master...I Loved it! You show lots of dry Humor and Wit...My kind of Hub Writing. Yes, todays World is so Frustrating and sometimes we want to yell "Stop, Slowdown," as it spins giving us Bigger and Better? ways to Exist...It must be designed by People who can't sleep at night and HATE people.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Movie Master! You are a woman of many talents, including great humor! Oh, for the simpler times when you could just screw the top off of a tube of toothpaste! I hear you! I hear you!


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Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Wow! This is one of my favorite hubs ever, and I've read a lot of hubs! Brilliant display of wit. This is the first hub that has actually made me literally laugh out loud. I love it! I understand exactly what you mean.

I've heard that the music selection is varied depending on the demographic they expect for certain hours. I believe during the day you might find the music a bit more mellow than the evenings, but you're absolutely right. The days of classical music in grocery stores seem to be over.

Grocery stores definitely can be a frustrating experience. It doesn't help they seem to share a casino-style mousetrap design, that funnels you around past the high-ticket impulse buys to pick up the most commonly purchased items that are strategically placed as far from one another as possible.

I think online grocery shopping is really the way of the future, and will likely lead to an increase in relaxation and sanity once it becomes more widely established and economical.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b. Malin, You have so made me laugh! your comment is much funnier than my hub:-)

I love your visits and really appreciate your comments.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I too can relate to your excellent hub. On of my peeves is the small print on asprins and cold medications and such. I have had to take to carrying a magnifying glass in my purse just to read the small print.

Up and awesome!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, it's nice to see you, I've missed you the last couple of weeks, I hope all is well with you.

Perhaps you have been off on another trip to the Rockies or just putting the finishing touches to Part 3?!

You say the nicest things and know how to make a girls day and I thank you, take care.


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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA

Hilarious! If I had to read instructions to get into my toothpaste, I would be really annoyed. And after all this time it's still impossible to get into CD cases, though they're probably "old school" now!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bud, thanks for calling in and leaving such complimentary comments, it makes it all worthwhile....

You could be right, I have never noticed a change in the tempo of the music during the day,so perhaps I'd be better going shopping when they open first thing:-)

Most of the shops in the UK now seem to have music blaring away, it drives me to a permanent state of confusion!!

I am leaning more and more towards internet shopping if thats what it takes to regain sanity and relaxation I'm all for it:-)

Thanks again for visiting and take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, I am so glad you have told me this, I have been struggling with the small print on medicines for a while now, it drives me crazy, I'm always using a magnifying glass, I thought it was my eyesight failing, so the print is getting smaller, thats a relief - but still very annoying:-)

Thank you so much for dropping by, leaving great comments and voting up, I really do appreciate it.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hazel, CD cases ah yes, another prime example of ridiculous plastic wrapping that is virtually impossible to open:-)

I am still not over the toothpaste thing....

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, it means a lot to me, hope your day is a good one.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Thank goodness you wrote this as I was beginning to think it was just me. How I hate the background music that invades the mind when I am trying to work out quantites needed, for example.

Yes, I too wondered how to open a similar tube of toothpaste until I discovered the 'interlocking' thingy in the lid of the cap.

Sometimes I ask myself why is everything becoming more complicated or is it just me? Next time I feel like that I will remember reading this, so I voted this up, useful, funny and interesting.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Movie Master, this was really funny. Now, I can finally go brush my teeth, now that I know how to open the darn thing.

I received a knife with a ceramic blade as a gift. It came with an eight page booklet for instructions. I practically had to sign a contract to take it out of the package.

Great Hub. Just glad your flower seeds come in paper wrapping.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, that's it exactly! we are on the same wavelength - the background music does invade your mind, It gets me all mixed up, I don't know my potatoes from my carrots!

Can you believe the 'interlocking thingy' is progress?

I agree, everything is getting far too complicated, we are not suffering on our own it seems, we stand united:-)

Many thanks for visiting, your wonderful comments and voting up, take care and enjoy your day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mck, I'm glad I was able to help you out with the toothpaste 'interlocking thingy'

I am quite surprised about the eight page booklet for the ceramic blade - they will be sending you part 2 shortly I presume...

Aaaah yes paper wrapping, a thing of beauty:-)

Well, I won't delay you any further, I expect your needed back at the cafe, pretty busy when I was in earlier.

Thanks for calling in and leaving your wonderful comments I really appreciate it.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

you're definitely not that old lady because I'm with you, I use a sharp knife to cut through plastic wrap.

Don't try to use 'Glad" Press'n Seal plastic wrap. I use it and love it but when it gets sealed sometimes it just doesn't want to unseal unless I get my dangerous sharp knife at it.


Becky 5 years ago

I use a pair of scissors and a filet knife to break into the mayonnaise. I also use the filet knife to break into cd cases. My son walked in the other day while I was breaking into a cd case and asked what I was doing. I told him, he took it away from me and pop, flip, it was unwrapped. Now I really feel stupid. 200 years from now archeologists are going to go through our dumps and come up with the impression that we all starved to death.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Yes, I can definitely relate to all of this, especially the mouthwash one. From your photograph, it looks as though you use the same brand as me and only yesterday, I actually snapped a good quality knife blade, trying to cut the plastic. Tear the strip at the side, I don't think so! :)Very topical and well though out Hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi writer20, it really is quite dangerous work opening things these days, I keep reverting to the sharp knife method, it's risky but quick:-)

Now that's a relief I'm not that little old lady, because that was bothering me and I'm glad you're with me on this!

Thank you so much for commenting, you really made me laugh! take care and have fun.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Becky, The jar of mayonnaise, oh yes this is definitely crazy territory, the plastic on this always defies me, I'm making a note of your method 'scissors and filet knife' that's a really useful tip thank you:-)

I don't think I have ever successfully opened a CD case yet!

Thanks for dropping by and leaving such funny comments, I really appreciate it.

I keep seeing you commenting on other hubs and would like to follow you, but I can't click on you?


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I am right there with you. I left the Goodwill store just this morning because the music was so loud that my head ached. And trying to open a toy for my grandson tries my patience. I might have to call DTroth to cuss for me. lol


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gordon, It's nice to meet you.

Yes, that sounds like the same mouthwash,'tear down the side' you can't get a grip of anything to tear, now you've broken a knife, I've broken a nail....

Glad you enjoyed the hub and I really appreciate your great comments, take care.


Becky 5 years ago

I don't have a hub. I just read everybody's work and enjoy it. I hope you don't mind, I am kind of a free spirit and don't join anything.


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laral 5 years ago from England

What a funny hub! I am glad I am not the only one unable to open these odd packages! Thank you for leaving a comment on my hub! I hope we stay in touch.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, now why didn't I think of that? we need Diana on the case - good thinking:-)

Don't these stores realise, we would stay longer and spend more if that awful loud music didn't drive us out!

Thanks for dropping by, it's always good to see you and thanks for making me laugh:-)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Becky, thanks for getting back to me.

Of course I don't mind you visiting, a free spirit that sounds great, if you ever have a hub let me know and I hope to see you again, take care.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi laral, It's great to see you here, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, you're definitely not on your own with this madness:-)

Thanks for visiting and your comments and will see you soon.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is as cute as a button and i can relate. My brain is just not wired for technology. My Grandson Chad feels sorry for me. Hee

Cheers


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi AE, I'ts good to know I am not alone.....

Thank you for visiting and commenting, it's good to see you and I so appreciate it, hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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clark farley 5 years ago

Great Hub, one of those Hubs that produce Comments that are as much fun to read as the Hub!

We all see the common thread....access to food and medicine!

Let us not assume that the wrappings on products are being made as easy to open as possible...a few more micro-mils of thickness and we will have a whole generation of bad-breathed, tone-deaf, emaciated Boomers wandering the aisles of the supermarket looking for the hardware section (where the music is early 80's rap heavy on the NWA selections) in hopes of finding a tool to access their purchases!

How clever of the younger generations..."he who controls the packaging, controls the world"

lol

Take heed!! Three words, fellow Hub writers! "Soylent Green is people"


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iZeko 5 years ago

I had a good lough with this hub ;-). The ones I hate the most are the bomb-proof clamshell packages.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Clark, The comments have been great fun and I have had a good laugh at them, it sounds as though a lot of us are risking life and limb with all kinds of weapons just to open basic everyday necessities!

Thank you so much for dropping by Clark and leaving more fun comments, take care and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi iZeko, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Ah yes bomb-proof clamshell packages, not even our scissors, nails or filet knife can get us into that one!

Thanks for calling in and your comments, take care and have a super weekend:-)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Great hub! All of those things are so true and I guess I've also turned into the little old lady too. Not sure when that happened but the world is moving fast. Rated up, funny and awesome.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Pamela, it's nice to see you, you're right the world is moving fast, too fast and I for one am struggling to keep up:-)

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for voting up, hope you're having a wonderful weekend, take care.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi MM, i heard that Chubby Checker was working on the twist action, providing that you've fathomed out how to open the toothpaste in the first place. Attacking it with a knife seems so much more rewarding to me, although using a brush would be advised.

Going deaf, as i am, does have its advantages too.

My newspaper gets thrown into my front yard from a moving vehicle, (yes i do pay the bill, now stop thinking that) and is tightly rolled in ten yards of impenetrable plastic. There is a technique to opening it but a chain saw is much more fun and piecing it back together takes me longer than the Times Crossword.

I went to pick friends up from the airport in their car and it took me twenty minutes to discover how to turn the digital radio on.

I share your frustration and this hilarious hub is testament to too much progress.

Cheers from a cold Melbourne.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

oh great.. such basic hardships in life have been written about in a very intresting way.. making you think and is also sprinkled with humour.. voted up:) love the beautifully written hub.. thanx movie master


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi attemptedhumour,reading all the wonderful comments here, it sounds as though we are adjusting and are more prepared for the challanges of the 21st Century.

Looks like the filet knife comes out on top closely followed by scissors.

But the chain saw, wow now we're talking seriously good fun!!!

Congratulations on sorting the digital radio in 20 minutes, now that's impressive!

Thanks for visiting and great comments, have fun and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Carrie, it's nice to see you.

Glad you enjoyed the hub, I am making a huge effort to approach life's frustrations with a sense of humour, in the hope it will stop me going crazy!!!

Thank for visiting and commenting, I really appreciate it, have a great day.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

hi movie master when you have the knack for humour, and you write such wonder full hubs apart from managing a buisness and also looking after your family you cant go crazy with these smaller difficulties and frustrations in life.. you are definately strong enough to cope up with them.. and that shows through in your hub.. cheers


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi carrie, thanks for calling in again, and you are quite right, the thing is to rise above these little challenges and just remind myself every now and then 'I am a strong person' keep things in perspective!!

Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comments and support, it means a great deal to me, take care.


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Yes Movie Master, my husband is the little old lady in our house, I am wondering if I could possibly charge these companies with murder when my husbands blood pressure and the wrapping on packs of ham gets the better of him.

I must admit that the plastic wrapping on the mouthwash bottles is something I hate as do most people. I think that there must be some sort of evil scientist, thinking up even more unusual ways to wrap these everyday items.

A very enjoyable and funny hub, voted up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Steph, the story of your Husband reminds me of my Mum, only yesterday she was telling me how she was trying to open a pack of 4 batteries,for her blood pressure monitoring machine.

They were tightly packed in thick plastic.

Eventually she got to the batteries after attacking the plastic with the carving knife.

She had to sit quietly for a while to recover before she dared take her blood pressure!

I agree, it must be the work of evil scientists:-)

Thank you for visiting, funny comments and voting up, I'm glad you enjoyed it, take care and have a great day.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

I though I was the only one not belonging here!..:-} Awesome!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ahorseback, yes me too!!!

We are not alone.....

Thanks for visiting, take care and thanks for your comments.


fashion 5 years ago

Brilliant display of wit.Really amazing hub. This hub has actually made me also literally laugh out loud.You are a great writer.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi fashion, it's nice to see you again.

Thank you for your very kind compliments, I love it that I made you laugh out loud:-)

Take care and all the best with your fashion hub.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I prefer some things inthe 20th century over this one. The whole internet overtaking everything, ipads, iphones, texting, I don't think we need them as much as they are actaully used. They are used by young people who are reliant upon them. No one young knows how to communicate face to face it seems. However, as a left handed person who has little dexterity in her right hand I am happy with all the modern conviences that allow me to be independent, instead of calling people up to help me, for example, open up cans of food.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi FBR, I agree with you, ipads, iphones and especially texting is taking over and is so anti-social, some people actually text each other when they are still in the same room!

Me? I am still learning to text....

Thank goodness for new modern conveniences that help and benefit us, now that is progress.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, I appreciate it, have a great day.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is the first hub I have read today, it is so funny and so well written it has set the mood for the day. So my partner thanks you.

Bud may be right about the tempo of music, it’s just a pity that stores are not given training in this area, it’s just an idea they read somewhere and decided to go with but get it so wrong.

I shop in the morning or afternoon and still get the hard rock, heavy metal. Someone should tell them that this is chasing customers away, I usually can't wait to get out of the store. If it was something soothing or that I could hum to perhaps I would linger a little longer and maybe, just maybe buy those extra couple of treats.

And what is the world coming to when it takes two people to figure out how to open something.

I use an ointment which I have to stand in hot water each time to soften it so that it will squeeze out of the tube. It took me a while to figure this out of course, it used to take a lot of strength to squeeze I invariable more often than not it didn’t come out of the end it was supposed to but split the seems at the other end, such a mess.

I loved it Voted up


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Moviemaster

A very entertaining hub which I definitely can relate too.

I was coming home on the train Sunday morning from seeing a friend that lives out of town.

I order some cheese and crackers to nibble on. It was easy to remove the plastic covering the cheese but the cellophane packaging that the crackers came in was like trying to get into Fort Knox. A swiss army knife would have come in handy.

I finally did get the package open but not without the help of some nail clippers that I had in my purse.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comments, now that's made my day!

I hate the loud music when I am shopping, I think the clothes shops are worse than supermarkets, it's all too much for me searching the rails for my size and colour with music blaring away, I normally walk out with nothing, that keeps happening and now I don't have much in my wardbrobe any more:-)

The ointment problem....now that sounds messy!

Thanks for voting up, hope you had a good day and see you soon.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sueswan, I know the cellophane packaging you're referring to, it's tear proof! I am sure it's impossible to open, glad the nail clippers came to the rescue, good thinking:-)

Thank you for dropping by and leaving your great story, take care and I hope you have a lovely day.


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ournote2self 5 years ago

The wrapping of plastic has definitely gotten out of control! It's everywhere!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

A brilliant hub and so true are its contents. Very nice presentation and ever so entertaining. I loved it, I enjoyed reading each and every line.

The plastic packages do really pose immense problem. People who are very old and living alone must be facing tremendous difficulties.

Keep writing my dear, I love reading your hubs.

My Very Best Wishes to you,

Kamalesh

Voted UP & AWESOME


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ournote2self, I agree plastic seems to be everywhere, even the cucumber I bought today was covered in plastic, I can't quite work out any logic behind that!

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, I hope you have a good day.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Hahaa, I'm (theoretically) not old, and I have trouble with all those things! I think they're just excellent examples of bad design... at least the screwtop and plastic examples. As for grocery stores... well, they *are* just moving into a new age... I find it rather entertaining!

You know what else was entertaining? This Hub. Thanks for the giggles!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, it's always good to see you.

I can't imagine how people on their own ever get to open anything at all!

Most of the plastic covered stuff at home is opened as a joint operation with my husband, it's team work and we work out a method together, otherwise I would just get irritable and give up:-)

Thank you as always for your wonderful comments and support it means a great deal to me.

Take care and best wishes to you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Simone, bad design - yes that's it well described!

Struggling with the music in stores - I think is an 'age' thing, my 'age' doh!

Glad you enjoyed the hub and some giggles, thanks for calling in and your great comments, I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Movie Master - You're welcome.

I really and truly enjoy reading your hubs.

Keep up your good work.

Have a Nice Day.

Best Wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Kamalesh, take care.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

The noise in shops that parades as music drives me mad! In McDonalds recently I was shouting for a coffee and the assistant was shouting back- over the noise of the music! As it is August soon I guess the shops will be playing christmas music- there is only so much I can take!!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Case1worker, it's nice to meet you.

Shopping or eating while music is blaring away, I agree is infuriating!

I wonder how the staff cope with it?

Ah, Christmas music, there's one to look forward to, they have been playing the same songs for about 20 years now:-)

Thank you for visiting and leaving your comments, it's much appreciated, take care.


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Tom Koecke 5 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

This is a funny Hub, MM!

Try as I might to adapt, I found some of my own antiquation recently when I changed phone services. The salesman was showing me the newest in phone technology so that I could let all my friends know where I am at, download my favorite music, and play video games - all at the touch of a screen. I took it with a 30 day trade-in guarantee. He was shocked when I came back in less than a week and told him I just wanted an old fashioned flip phone with no apps!

I shudder at the prospect of tuning into a "golden oldies" radio station someday soon to hear Sublime, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana!

Again, excellent Hub! Now I have to go figure out which of the twelve buttons on my coffee maker is the "on" button.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tom, your comments are so funny:-)

I know exactly how you feel regarding the phone, I have now mastered making calls, but apps - are just beyond me!

I dread receiving texts, it takes me forever to reply!

Coffee makers, now they are complicated, no wonder instant coffee has so much appeal!

Thank you for dropping by and your great comments, hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

wonderful - I can so relate to all this - voted up and stuff


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ann, it's good to see you and It's good to know I am not the only one struggling with the 21st Century!

Many thanks for voting up, have a great day and take care.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wow! Voted up awesome + funny! This was so true and hilarious. I have to admit to having temper tantrums - very like my 2 year old niece - when it comes to trying to get the plastic off bottle tops! I actually cut my lip one time, because I lost the plot and my temper and bit the thing in rage to see if it would split,tear,snap do **@@@** anything!

The music drives me nuts as well - especially at Christmas! I literally HATE all Christmas songs now - anything from Slade to 'have yourself a very merry Christmas' sends me into a major freak. But have you noticed even the doctors surgeries are at it now?!! The music they've lumbered us with are those repetitive taped crappy tunes of popular songs - at least I think that's what they're supposed to be! They even have this soooo irritating one that is organ music playing ABBA hits?!! It sends my hormones haywire and I'm almost ready to bash the speakers in! Luckily the 21st century has also come to my aid in the form of an MP3 - I usually miss my call to the GP, but who cares, at least I don't have to listen to the music from hell!!

Really loved this hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seeker7, Oh yes, biting the plastic that's one of my methods, unfortunately not a very successful one! But you get to the stage you will try anything:-)

We don't have music in the doctor's surgery here yet, just a matter of time I suspect!

The repetitive Christmas music in shops is guaranteed to take away the festive feeling to one of dread I agree!!

Thank you for your brilliant comments, they are a hub in themselves!! We are obviously both at our wits end! take care and see you soon.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh, girl, I'm so with you on this one. I oughtta change the state on my profile to the one called DENIAL...!

I laughed outright, thank you so much!

Voted UP & UFABI and don't eva change, mar!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mar, it feels good to know I am not alone in my struggles!!

Thanks for visiting, great comments, and voting up, hope you have a fantastic day:-)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

BRILLIANT... The more I read the funnier it got and the more I began to realise I too am that little old lady. (I know because I was that soldier) Hope you remember that Deck of cards chart topper in the fifties, otherwise you´ll think I´ve gone sightly mad.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dim, that's so funny:-)

No I don't think you have gone mad,I remember the Deck of Cards, Wink Martindale!!!

It's reassuring to know I am not alone, glad you enjoyed it, many thanks for dropping by and your comments.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Funny, beautiful and voted up! What a comical look at real problems! That plastic covering drives me nuts, too. I, too, am maddened sometimes by the use or overuse of modern "conveniences" and improvements, so called. I think I'm about to write a hub about texting! thanks for a wonderful read. Will follow and look for more of your work!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Victoria, thanks for visiting and your great comments, I think everybody struggles with the plastic wrapping and it seems we all have our own inventive ways to open something!!

Thank you for your follow, take care and see you soon.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

Hi Movie Master - thanks for publishing such a funny, honest hub that so many consumers can relate to. Good job pulling us in with laughter...right from the tube of toothpaste at the beginning!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seafarer Mama, while trying to carve my way into the toothpaste, it occurred to me that other people would be struggling also and this had 'hub potential'

I thoroughly enjoyed writing and sharing this hub, I appreciate your visit and comments, glad you enjoyed it, take care.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

Funny...rated up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi EL, glad you enjoyed my hub, many thanks for visiting and voting up, take care and have a great weekend.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

This was a wonderful read, not only did I simply love the style that you used here I can easily relate to the feeling that this isn't my world anymore . Voting up and sharing on!!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi nighthag, the world is changing fast, and with it more frustrations!

A light hearted view sometimes helps us along....

Glad you enjoyed the read, thank you so much for your comments and voting up, take care.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Ha ha ha, i really love this one. What we see in the new age! Welcome to our world


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ubanichijioke, it's good to see you here in the 21st Century, I'm not sure I belong here though...

Many thanks for your comments, take care and see you soon.


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molometer 5 years ago

Hi MM what a funny hub, I have had a few near misses with a carving knife and those plastic bottle covers. There is just no way to get them off without resorting to heavy cutting equipment. Voted up IUF this has inspired a hub from me too. TBA


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi molometer, it seems the carving knife is the most popular and dangerous way to open stuff - it keeps us living on the edge I guess....

I like your idea of the heavy cutting equipment:-)

Many thanks for your visit and great comments, I shall look forward to reading your hub! Best wishes MM


christinewouters 5 years ago

oh you know what really gets me, is when I try to open tins of ham and corned beef with that little key, so frustrating.....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Christine, those keys drive me crazy! I am with you on this one - and when you finally get the can open the sharp edge of the tin is lethal!!

Many thanks for dropping by and your great comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hello MM

This was so true and super funny. No... you are not the only one who tries to figure out how to open many contraptions on the market or figure out new machines. It is crazy. Thank you so much for a very enjoyable hub. One thing I thought of is the new self check out lines..They have less people working and you are forced to argue with the machine. PLACE ITEMS IN BAG..I did..PLACE ITEMS IN BAG..I did, looking around making sure noone see's this machine talking to me..PLACE ITEMS IN BAG..(me)yelling at machine..I PUT THE STUPID THINGS IN THERE ALREADY!!!!!

lol

Sunnie

Sunnie


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good Morning Sunnie, what a great way to start the day, you have so made me laugh!!

I am scared of the self check outs and will only use them if my husband is with me, these machines are so stroppy!!! and it usually takes longer....

Many thanks for your comments.

Have a great fun day, lol MM


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

God this was a great article MM, well done!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Qudsia, thank you - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Have a wonderful day, best wishes MM


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Thank you MM, you have a wonderful day as well.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I also am that little old lady. I think we need to create a training manual called "Open This-Not That."


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

there is so much I can relate to this - thanks for the laughs. voted up and stuff


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, it's great to know I am not alone!

A training manual, now that's an excellent idea, in the form of a hub of course!

Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello ann, many thanks for dropping by and your comments, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the votes, have a great day! best wishes MM


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

You are not alone. I can't figure out some of this stuff either. I've never even seen a tube of toothpaste look like that yet. What kind of space age technology are they using now for these things? Great hub and voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannie, you haven't experienced the 'state of the art' toothpaste yet? when you do ensure you don't throw away the instructions before you try opening it!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care MM


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homesteadpatch 5 years ago from Michigan

It is indeed a crazy world we live in.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi homesteadpatch, it's nice to meet you.

No doubt about it, the world has gone mad!!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

MM, you crack me up. I love your ending! Don't feel bad. I am 28 and I don't know half of the stuff that is available. I really enjoed this article MM. Votes up and across! Be good.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, your comments make me feel so good!!

There is a whole lot of crazy stuff out there in our crazy world!

Glad you enjoyed it, many thanks for your great comments and votes, hope all is well with you, take care MM


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PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

You are that little old lady,and I am that little old man, that is struggling with the plastic. I hate plastic and the environment hates it, because the *#@%*$# stuff never goes away! Great hub by the way. Also if you want to see some plastic, type in plastic island on google. You will not believe what you see.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Paddyboy, it's nice to meet you - it's seems we have a mutual 'hate of plastic' horrible stuff!

I googled it, yes it's frightening!

Many thanks for your visit and comments, it's much appreciated, best wishes MM


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Movie Master, LOL I love the standing at the carving board with toothpaste. You absolutely have a wonderful way of telling stories. I so enjoyed reading your hub, oh lets not forget about all the plastic. It was cute the way you ended the story with you being the little old lady. Thanks for a lovely read.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Helo adrienne, I find the carving knife very useful these days for opening things, dangerous - but useful!

Don't you just hate all this plastic....

Many thanks for visiting and your great comments, best wishes MM


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi there Movie Master! LOLOL this is a great one! I hate all that darned plastic...it IS on everything..for our safety, of course. And the boxes that trap the desired item inside just waiting for some genius of a human to figure out how in the world to let it OUT of it's plastic prison!

All the twist top caps that refuse to push down , rotate , OPEN! (says who?)!

And, well, having lived in the middle of this country for the last almost 5 years....in the local market where I do most of my shopping, the music with which we are anesthesized is good ole "oldies but goodies." Trapped...lost...wandering through the past while listening to music from the past..not a very far away land of yore. or Yours..and mine.

Oh..there is so much we could get into over all the changes....and I, like those before me, do not see each one as evidence of improvement..no no no..some don't seem to be.

Here is a bit of interesting and frightening info: Google the "Great Pacific Plastic Vortex." You'll be astounded as well as saddened.

Great and fun hub. We're right there with you, MM!!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Lucky Cats, all this plastic drives me crazy, it seems so unnecessary - even the cucumber I brought the other day was covered in plastic!

Now those twist top caps are a challenge!

But the most challenging of all to date, has to be the tube of toothpaste.

I did the google search - yep that's frightening!

Glad you enjoyed the hub, it's reassuring to know I am not on my own and many thanks for your comments, MM


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have a pair of scissors in every room! I get so darned frustrated trying to open one thing then another. I totally related to your marvelous, very funny poem. Laughed all the way to my toothpaste tube. And I tried opening a bag of chips the other day and you'd think I was trying to break into the USMint!

This hub is refreshing and just wonderful. You are a gifted writer! Voted UP with pleasure.

vocalcoach~


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Audrey, yes opening a bag of chips is a tricky one...

My Husband and I work as a team these days to open anything, it usually takes 2 of us to succeed!

Thank you for your wonderful comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

Hi MM, this made me laugh out loud , I find myself in the same situation all the time:-) I've lost count of the amount of times when I've just given up trying to open something. Wonderfully written as always.

Bell


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Movie Master! hahahahah we must live in a parallel universe... just last week I snipped the corner end off the bottom of the toothpaste because I could not get it opened. hahahahahaha... I have taken to keeping a straight razor blade taped to the inside of the silverware drawer just for those Effing...plastic wrap lids...one day I will be busted for drug paraphernalia and I don't even use drugs. I take my jars down the street to the muscle husband who opens things I cant... and I am pretty strong. I got the idea from the ladies in the neighborhood, who take their jars to him too. Fortunately his wife is very understanding. This is simply one of the best hubs I have read... I am with you... about the rock music in the grocery store... Can you show me to my car... I am not Shopping HERE! voted up and shared.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bell, It's a frustrating business for sure!! we've introduced team work into our house now for opening anything, we are having a bit more success:-)

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dave, those tubes of toothpaste are just the worse, I too have cut off the bottom, then you get bits of toothpaste oozing everywhere!

Love the story of the muscle husband, every neighbourhood should have one!

Many thanks for your comments, votes and sharing, have a great day, cheers MM


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

And the child proof lids - for pity sake, there have no children in this household for many years!Just these old lady hands that sometime can and sometimes cannot remove a lid from the headache pill bottle. . . Thank God I do not have medicines to take.

Great Hubs - thanks for the chuckles.

q


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

What a delightful hub! I laughed and laughed even as I recognized myself--one of the "old ladies" who struggles when opening new products--in your very humorous essay.

The supermarket where I shop has loud canned music, but, in addition, a butcher who fancies himself a great singer. He often pauses the taped music, grabs the microphone and belts out part of a song before he seques into a plug for fresh ribs or roast....Unfortunately, he is his own biggest fan. I doubt I'm the only shopper who cringes when he performs!

Voted UP and FUNNY....Jaye


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

I came upon this Hub just as I'd finished (finally!) wrestling the vacuum-packed, "sealed for my protection" lid off a jar of hazelnut coffee creamer. Had it not been for the laugh out loud humor in your Hub I'd most likely have flung it across the kitchen! Needless to say, your words resonated with me, louder even than the country music that blares in local stores here.

Great Hub, Ms. Movie Maker - voted up and very funny!


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

oh, how funny. I just caught this hub on the feed. I've actually cried because I couldn't open something and it gets so frustrating! I use dull knives, sharp knives, scissors, oven mitts, the point on push pins, whatever works. At least I don't buy cd's anymore. I just hit download! They are one of the worst to get into, usually after it's bought at a store and you want to play it in the car, and it's impossible to open without dragging out the driver's license or credit card. I'm sure many of us will now think of you as we twist and turn jars and hurry through the stores to escape the madness. :}


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I think this hub struck home for a lot of people--I did laugh out loud when I read it, but it is also sad that we live in an environment so hostile and unfriendly. And frustrating--


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Ack! Sorry, Ms. Movie Master - hadn't had enough coffee yet when I mis-typed your name. My apologies!


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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

What a delightful piece of writing. How much more peace would we find if every public speaker was silenced entirely or, failing that, played only classical music. I don't mean world peace or peace in the streets but the most important kind of peace - internal. When things are still we must contend with ourselves - that is a contest most people no longer wish to face.

Thanks again and may your morning be quiet and sane.


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Love this hub! I have fits when I can't open or unwrap something and I end up throwing it across the room. It makes me feel old and inadequate.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Very funny--or it would be if it weren't so damned annoying! Packages that are double and triple wrapped--how much "security" do we need, for pity sakes?

And "instructions" for opening toothpaste? Seriously? to borrow from the younger generation, "OMG!"

Then there are envelopes that come from official agencies with "opening instructions"... 'fold here and tear side A first...'

Brilliant hub, absolutely brilliant! Great poetry! All true. I can relate. Voted up, funny, interesting and awesome!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi quester, I agree those child proof lids are just the worse, if you didn't have a headache before you tried opening the pills, guaranteed you will have one after!

Many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed reading! best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jaye, I had to laugh at the thought of the singing butcher...that's more than anyone can take, surely!!

Thank you for your great comments and votes, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hillbilly Zen, wow - you managed to get the lid off a hazlenut coffee creamer! I've often wondered what they tasted like....

Many thanks for your great comments and votes, take care MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi rebekah, your list sounded familiar, knives - scissors - oven mitts???!

I agree CDs are the absolute worse to get into, do they want us to play them or what???

I just loved your comments, thank you:-) best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Audrey, 'they' say this packaging is suppose to be for our protection and security but it's just frustrating and driving us all crazy!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hillbilly Zen, I should think you are still recovering from opening the creamer, I quite understand....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi uncorrectedvision, silencing public speakers - I could certainly support that idea!

Many thanks for your visit and comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi gypsy, it's good to know I am not the only one who feels like a little old lady.....

Many thanks for your great comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi DzyMsLizzy, instructions needed to open a tube of toothpaste and an envelope just confirms the world has gone mad!!

I loved your great comments and many thanks for the votes too, much appreciated, best wishes MM


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Glad this one came up again. I read it months ago and related to all that plastic! haha. Enjoyed reading it the second time. Great job!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

I can so relate. I think they have to turn the music up so loud because a lot of the generation that is responsible for the volume have screwed up their hearing and they think we can't hear it either.

It is a sad commentary that these plastic things have to be done to keep us safe from the crazies out there. A few crazies make it hard for all the rest of us!


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Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

I like this hub. Sometimes I think that I belong in a century long before this one! There are lots of things, like packaging which don't make sense. And even though I am kind of reliant on my computer now, and my phone too, all the technology we have seems kind of wrong. I think I should have been born in a much simpler time!


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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

I too can relate - I was just thinking the other day that it was getting harder and harder to open some things. Was that sign that I'm getting older and perhaps weak or just all this extra stuff for safety.

How about all the holiday music that the stores start playing BEFORE Thanksgiving? I've gotten to the point where I will not go into a big box store or big grocery store between Halloween and Thanksgiving for that very reason.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Music that does not allow us to think has driven me out of more than one store. It didn't take me long to realize that what I wanted could wait! I do believe there is a conspiracy to keep people who really want to shop out of stores by using raucous music to deaden the brain cells that allow us to shop. As well, I sometimes think the music is enough to drive people to riot or some sort of criminal activity. I definitely choose stores that raise the bar on the kind of music they play over those that don't. One day I'll read through all these comments as they look interesting. Neat hub!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi Movie Master, from the comments, it looks as if you have great company. I loved the hub, too, and definitely relate to opening something with that pesky hard plastic. I use the knife a lot.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Hehehe. . .this hub is too funny!

However, after reading this I feel so relived! I thought it was only me that was breaking out in tears on my kitchen floor every time I was trying to open up those damned packages.

MM, wonderful written hub as always.

Voted up and pushed all the buttons.

Thanks!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Victoria, thank you for dropping by again, I don't think it's getting any easier.....

Best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi homesteadbound, your comment is so funny!!! - I'm sure you're right about that generations hearing!

Most of the packaging is for our 'safety' but I think they are just overdoing it a bit! and it's turning us into the 'crazies'!!

Many thanks for your great comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Moon daisy, I'm with you! sometimes I feel I just don't fit in right!!

Thank you so much for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kris, it is comforting to know that so many other people are struggling opening packaging! like you I was really beginning to think I was getting to be a little old lady!

thank you for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello RTalloni, I can't abide the loud music in stores and usually end up buying nothing, like you I always try and avoid those stores!

The comments have been fantastic on this hub, they are a hub in themselves and well worth reading!!! many thanks for yours, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cyndi, it sounds as though a sharp knife is the outright winner for getting packaging open - extremely dangerous but effective!!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SanneL, the best thing about writing this hub is the realisation I am not 'alone' in my frustration and perhaps I'm not the weak little old lady I thought I had become!!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes, best wishes MM


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I'm right there with you! I love technology but I'd like the opportunity to turn chit off once in a while you know? Music in stores? yea, I worked at walmart a million years ago and they played that song shakira shakira just 15 second clips over and over for 8 hours and 5 days in a row- pulling out my hair? YES.

Ads everywhere? Yea every dam where- and now the car companies are playing with oled paint for cars so you can paint it any digital way you want instantly? Yea can you see the pop ups in traffic?

Makes me want to go to the country or even another country- ah the third world countries sound like a vacation no?

Ironically when you get there you miss your digitals... but that just means your in the right place!

On the toothpaste they could have just addded an arrow to the lid assembly and words around the base of the cap that say "Use tip to break seal"- making a book, that's just stupid, no need, or do they need that space for adverts? It's only a matter of time before our toothpaste is selling cars, jewlery and the like RIGHT on the tube...

where is the toothpaste millionaire when we need him? (book titled that where some kid realizes the price of toothpaste is to high and makes his own, uses baby food jars he collects to store it and sells it for 50 cents :) no bs, just toothpaste.

Great hub I may write my own rendition of this topic...


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Finished my version- I linked here as the source of inspiration. Could you link to mind in yours? (not required)...

http://jerricousher.hubpages.com/hub/Mind-Hostage


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jerrico, wow - that was written quick, thanks for linking, I have just had a read, brilliant and I will go back and comment.

I will add your link.

Listening to Shakira, shakira over and over sounds like some kind of torture!

Aaaah the 21st Century....

Many thanks for taking the time to visit and your great comments, best wishes MM


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Your welcome, was my pleasure :)


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Lol. don't be too hard on 21 century. It give you a story to laugh about with us Here, didn't it? But I know exactly the feeling. I still have to ask the driver to minimized the volume of his disco music everytime I climbed into a cab. I don't understand why many cab driver think that cab have to sound and looks like a moving night club. So noisy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Freya, You're right the frustrations of the 21st Century gave me something to write about and I really enjoyed writing this hub and it's been great reading everyone's wonderful comments!

Living out in the country I never get to use a cab, but I would certainly find it annoying to ride in what seems to be a noisy, moving night club!!

Thank you for your comments, enjoy your day and take care MM.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow can I relate..I am 60 years old.. and I feel so left behind... I too get so frustrated..Love this HUB.

I VOTED UP

HAPPY NEW YEAR

DEBBIE


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Debbie, it's good to know I am not alone in my frustration!!

Thank you visiting and your votes they are much appreciated, and a very Happy New Year, best wishes MM


onlooker 4 years ago

I am trying to teach Ma to get around the computer. What comes to us naturally she just goes arrrgh and then happy when she does accomplish something. loved your humor, every bit of it and the boom boom and looking for cheese too!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi onlooker, it's nice to meet you, my mum has just got a computer, initially she was scared of it! now I am amazed what she is doing!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, glad you enjoyed the fun:-)

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

This made me smile - I have been cursing things that come with instructions for he last year or two and toothpaste! When did it get so hard to open a little tube of toothpaste. I have actually broken things trying to get into them without reading the instructions first! :o(

Voted, up, shared etc.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jools, who would have ever thought it would be so stressful opening a tube of toothpaste?! if it wasn't so ridiculous it would be funny to think we actually need instructions to open it!!

Many thanks for reading, your votes and sharing it's much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

I had just as much fun reading this for the second time (when the new comment showed up in my Notifications) as I did four months ago when you first published it. In fact, I had one of those frustrating attempts to open a sealed package just a couple of days ago, and it resulted in a cut to my finger when the paring knife slipped. Ah, the tribulations of the 21st Century!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Jaye, thank you for visiting again, it seems things haven't got any easier in four months!

We bought a supermarket sandwich the other day and after several frustrating minutes managed to get into it with the car keys!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

From beginning to end this was not only true and funny but so well done. Move over Erma Bombeck here comes Movie Master!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I look to see if I left a comment on this hub before but I don't think I have. These old eyes miss lots of things lately. I hate the music in stores. Do they think teenagers are doing the shopping for food? Plastic drives me nuts one day I will put the knife through my hand trying to get through plastic. I have had to wait till my husband got home just to open something because I just couldn't do it.

Loved poem and this hub. Voted Up


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tillsontitan, thank you for visiting and your great complimentary comments - I could do with publishing a few 'best seller's like Erma!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi moonlake, the music in stores drives me nuts - it's so loud, it make me irritable!!

At least I know now I am not alone in my frustrations!!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

This is very funny-but I do feel your pain,and clearly so do many others.Great hub indeed.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi itakins, it helps to know I am not alone in my frustrations!!

Thank you for your great comments, best wishes Lesley

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