Technology has failed me in two ways recently. Which makes me feel like a curmudgeonly old person.

Recently, I tried to pay a bill by phone. Using automated voice recognition. These are terrible. Whose voice are they recognizing? The system seemed to  really struggle with my Midwestern “accent.” It probably took five calls before I could successfully make a payment. Why do companies make it so hard for me to give them my money? First world problem.

Over the weekend, I was all ready to make my triumphant return to early morning Saturday runs with my club. I had my clothes laid out and my alarm set. But for some reason, my phone froze overnight. My alarm never went off. My “lil alarm clock” (aka Olive) woke me up around 6:30am … which is what time I should have been leaving. I still went through with my post-run breakfast plans. But without the smugness of having ran at 7am. First world problem.

Olive
Olive aka Lil Alarm Clock aka Rotten Furball

In related news, I was tweeting with Verizon and they gave me some suggestions for my phone. (But they did not offer a free phone, WTF, GIMME.) But sadly even they could not tell me how to delete unwanted pre-loaded apps. So I’m stuck with some golf game and the Blockbuster app and other stuff I don’t need. First world problem.

I walk through a good chunk of the Chicago Pedway during my commute. And my personal goal, every time, is to not touch anything when I’m in the pedway. My favorite is to try to get through a revolving door making the people going in the opposite direction do all the pushing, so that I don’t have to touch the door. Suckers. I’m not a germ-o-phone, but one part (around Macy’s) is literally a toilet. Commuting convenience, through a homeless commune = first world problem.

Pedway Randolph/Wabash
This is one of the cleaner parts. I was going to post a picture of the gross part, but it was too gross for my pretty blog. But you can see for yourself. (It’s not graphic or anything.)

I have a “fashion” blog (quotes totally necessary), and I upload my pictures for it to Flickr. Did you know Flickr is full of people who have foot fetishes? And keep favoriting my photos of my feet (in shoes, I promise). I’m not even tagging these photos! (Erin, do you have this problem?) AUGH, Internet, why are you so weird? Any complaint about a blog = automatic first world problem.

Google Reader is going away. Thankfully, I have discovered Feedly. And it syncs with your Reader account. First world problem averted.

I asked Vera to be my running coach and she’s making me work really hard! So many planks! Exerting myself for “fun” and complaining about it = first world problem.

What are your recent first world problems? Sara always has hilarious ones.