One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes takes place at this time of yearthe Festivus episode.While Im not erecting any stainless steel poles (I like tinsel!) I think everyone can use Frank Constanzas catharsis: The Airing of Grievances, especially related to how society responds (or doesnt) to the needs of older people.Serial NumbersPut the (%&#*%#()*%#&%!!! serial numbers on equipment someplace an older person can find without turning the damn thing over.Printers are heavy and clumsy, routers and modems are often in difficult places to move, and dont get me started about anything cable related.
And once you find them why arent they readable? Such tiny little numbers and letters (is that a 3 or an 8? Is that a 6 or an 8? is that a 9 or an 8? is that a zero or letter o?) Where are my reading glasses? Grrr!Fashion Faux PasIve tried to keep up, but Im not as flexible as I used to be.You shouldnt need to be a yoga master to put on a dress, but back zippers foil me.Why not a zipper on the side of a dress? Im not a contortionist and nine times out of ten I cant reach the damn thing.
And buttons? Who on earth would put buttons on the back of a dress or blouse?Silence PleaseNow that Covid is not as prevalent as before, its nice to enjoy being with my friends over a nice dinner.Or it would beif restaurants didnt blast the sound system to eardrum shattering sound levels.I was out with friends a few weeks ago.
The music was deafening and everyone at every table was shouting to be heard over the music.My normal-hearing friends could not hear what was being said at the other end of the table and it was a two top! One in three people over 65 have hearing loss, restaurant owners, so turn it down if you want our business.After all, if there was a correlation between loud noise and a good time, parents of screaming babies would be ecstatic.And thats why the inventor of an app to search out quiet restaurants is Man of the Year.
Learn about Soundprint here.Photo: Freestocks for UnsplashYOUR TURNI know I sound like a curmudgeon, but hey, its Festivus.What are the petty grievances youd like to air? Share em in the comments!Virge Randall is Senior Planets Managing Editor.She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog Dont Get Me Started puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City.
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