Oh I don't know, maybe I'm just getting old and impatient and maybe I've lived in a big city too long and maybe I'm just a wally - but I'm getting more and more frustrated with what I see as unnecessary stuff, process or systems, getting in the way. A bit like the stuff I mentioned in this post. Unnecessary complications. Faffing. Milling.
But there's a whole extra layer to this that really annoys me and that's the unnecessary complications that people think are helping. Unnecessary complications that people think are doing you a favour or aiding you in your task, somehow.
The best example I can think of and my most hated example is the pilots announcement.
You know, this one,
"This is the Captain speaking, the weather at Atlanta is currently a temperature of 70 degrees with light winds. We're cruising now at 35,000 feet. Today our routing takes us over Memphis. We show 50 minutes remaining, arriving 5 minutes ahead of schedule. The selt belt sign is currently off, in case of turbulence we recommend keeping your selt belt on when you're seated. Thank-you."
I hate this so much. I don't care how high we're flying! I have no idea what the difference is between flying at 35,000 feet or at 25,000 feet and I have no idea what you want me to do with this information. And worse - I WAS WATCHING A MOVIE and you interupted to tell me this useless stuff. Every. Damn. Flight.
There's a good page here which encourges pilots to keep up this antiquated, annoying, process. They think they're helping. They think it makes them appear superior and that they're doing a good service. They're not.
When the hotel asks if you've had anything from the mini-bar. Grrrrr - there must be a better way of getting that information that doesn't delay me when I'm trying to leave your hotel. Or better still get rid of the stupid mini-bar...
Sorry, I'm ranting now.
I'm calling this the pilots announcement problem from now on.
Also - this madness, "please be prepared to use no more than four coins".