a rant; get over it

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Excuse me. Two very simple words. Two tiny words that can change your demeanor in a matter of seconds. Let’s take a look at this two word phrase. Excuse me, is an expression that asks for forgiveness for a social violation, such as bumping into someone or asking someone to move to the side so you can move around them with ease. No more, no less. Excuse me is a simple phrase used throughout daily life, or so I thought.

I don’t know if manners aren’t being taught anymore but often I find myself in daily situations on my commute, in the grocery store, walking home, visiting a tourist location, etc., where it is evident that people don’t know what the phrase “excuse me” means. Even worse, in every situation there is a wide age range of people who are totally brain-dead when this small phrase is uttered.

Without a doubt my mind is blown by the pure lack of response when I say “excuse me” in a crowd of people on the metro, museum, at the office, a restaurant or even on the street. Lately, it has irked me more than usual because it’s a manners issue, it’s a parenting issue. Now, as you all know I am not a parent so really I have no “right” to be saying what comes next, but I’m going to say it so take all of the offense you want; I don’t care. I don’t care anymore because apparently parents are not doing their “jobs” anymore and teaching simple courtesies of the world to their children who in-turn will be ruling the world in the coming generations. [Gawd, if​ I read this I’d think this was written by the most crotchety old person of all time who hated everything and everyone].

Maybe my Midwest upbringing made me nicer than the normal person. Maybe my kickass parents taught me more than the average parent. Maybe I notice (more than the average Millennial) that kids are running rampant around without control because kids freak me out. Maybe the fact that the phrase “excuse me” is common anymore should be. Call me old school, but let’s bring these tiny two words back into our normal repertoire. I’m lobbying for this phrase to be common until the day I die.

iPhones and all their rage

but seriously, what’s all the rage?

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Apple unveiled the plans for the newest iPhone a few days ago. Let me start by saying: I am an avid Apple user. I love my MacBook (when I use it), I love my iPad, iPod (yes I still have one), and I have a love-hate relationship with my iPhone5. Sure there are more days I love all of these products than days I want to throw them off a building and have a car run over them, but I think Apple is slacking. To prove this point I will give you a context.

Yesterday the Business Insider came out with an article titled: If You Already Have An iPhone 5, Do Not Buy One Of Apple’s New iPhones This Year. In a nutshell the article reads:

Basically, if you are an iPhone 5 owner, it really doesn’t make sense to upgrade unless you are the type of person who always has to have the latest and greatest. You should only upgrade if you have an iPhone 4S or earlier iPhone model.

Plus, there’s a lot to look forward to next year. If Apple follows its pattern, it will introduce a new iPhone with a new design in 2014. And there’s already chatter that next year’s iPhone could have a larger screen.

I couldn’t agree more. When I upgraded from the five, I went from a 3– and it was a huge jump. It was like eating nutella for the first time. Honestly, whenever I picked up my iPhone 5, I heard angels signing…at first. After the honeymoon period with my new iPhone5, Ferdinand, he started giving me problems. Ferdinand was sick all the time. He would randomly turn off, not charge, stop charging when it was plugged in to charge, the battery would hardly get me to work and through a staff meeting, oh and it would over heat ALL the time–even in winter. Needless to say, this phone was a shit-show and really creating more problems than necessary for me.

As a loyal Apple user, I’ve started to have a belief that  Apple is slacking. I don’t see what all the rage is about these products anymore. The argument was that Apple was “so far” advanced from everyone else that they hide all of the new updates and technology until their competitors can “catch-up” with them. So let me ask this as a small example: if Samsung is so far behind Apple then why did they come out with the option to do panorama photos, LIGHT YEARS before Apple? I will tell you this, when I have an upgrade I’m jumping ship and making my way over to a new product. My parents recently did the jump to Samsung, they have no troubleshooting issues, no freezing–and couldn’t be more happy with the product. When did my parents become cooler than me?