First World Frustrations

As I drove in to work today, pleasingly quick I might add, I recalled what time of year it is and the fact that I’ve yet to have a Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks. I must have really wanted one because I literally forced my way into the lane in which I needed to be since the traffic around me was nothing better than a rolling roadblock aimed at keeping me away. Perhaps they knew better than I did.

I pulled into the parking lot and remembered that the balance in my Starbucks account would not be enough for a latte so as I walked toward the entrance I attempted to reload my account with funds.

Did you know that the current iOS Starbucks app doesn’t have 1Password integration? Frustrating…

After switching apps and retrieving my Starbucks password I realized that the credit card stored in the app is not longer valid, so I had to add a new one. Again, no 1Password integration, so I had to switch apps to copy the number for the credit card. Frustrating…

At this point I was at the counter so I resolved to pay with cash. I tried to order a “skinny” Pumpkin Spice latte, but was told that was not an option, so I settled for the “fatty” one. Frustrating…

While waiting for my drink I decided to try to reload the balance in my Starbucks account. After entering all of the credit card information I was told that I needed to enter my Starbucks password again, you guessed it, I had to switch back to 1Password to copy that. Frustrating…

And then my balance was increased?

No, I received an error that Starbucks could not process my payment with the information provided. Frustrating…

Did you know that the Starbucks app doesn’t allow you to edit nor delete any of the credit cards that you’ve provided to their app? At least I could find no way. Frustrating…

Being completely pissed off, I gave up.

At that point I wondered if I could have used my Apple Watch to pay using ApplePay. So, since I was driving I asked Siri. And this was Siri’s answer:

Flattery Will Get You Nowhere, Siri

Yep, that’s it.

Siri’s answer was no answer at all. Frustrating…

And to top it all off? It was the worst tasting Pumpkin Spice latte I ever drank. Frustrating…

Current Status: Still extremely frustrated.

For Me It’s Turned Into The Worst Series
Oh, my Mets. Now down by two games. It doesn’t look good.

The “Glass Half Full” version of me thinks that I should be happy because I never envisioned the Mets making it the World Series this year.

The more prevalent “Glass Half Empty” version of me is disappointed and is prepared to accept their failure.

As the former NY Mets relief pitcher, and late Tug McGraw once said, “You gotta believe!”
As the former NY Mets manager, and late Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”
I wish that were both still around to tell the Mets these things in person.

Putting My Money Where My Ears Are
Last night I decided to drink one fewer beer a month and redirect that money to supporting Radiotopia at the $4/month level for their current fundraising campaign. I like listening to some of the podcasts produced by Radiotopia, so this really wasn’t a hard decision.

Not even to purchase one full fancy-pants beer at a bar.
Cheaper than buying one of those magazines I see at the checkout counter in Target.
I think I’ll survive.

Oh, and I’ll also get a cool challenge coin sent to me for my financial contribution, so beware when you see me in a bar in the future.

Doing The “T” Thing Tonight

I’ve decided to take a break from trivia tonight and go to Horizon Theatre instead.

It’s not that the team needs me, I’m just a (wee little) bit player. Besides, I’m just the weak-hitting utility infielder who plays for the during the regular season but is not talented enough to make the playoff roster.

I’m certain that [insert alternative nickname for the “trivia nerds” here] will win handily without me, and even better for them they’ll all get an extra $1.50 (1/4th of my $6 from our $30 in house cash) off their tab — it’s addition by subtraction.

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8 Responses to First World Frustrations

  1. Barb says:

    if Starbucks is your biggest problem of the day – you’ve got it made.

    trying to get ready for Saturday – I guess I really need to be sure my costume will all work correctly

  2. Steve says:

    It’s been an odd morning-
    Debbie left her keys in the truck, and I didn’t notice they were there until I got out at the park and ride. She used the spare key to my car to drive to Decatur for the eye pre-op appointment- that is, until she hit a pothole getting on 85 and had to detour to the tire place. One dead tire cost almost as much as the 4 I just replaced- and because they were pull offs, there was no road hazard warranty.

    Other hijinx at work today, but I’ll survive.

    I agree with Barb- if Starsucks is your biggest problem today, it’s been a good day.

    Sorry to see the Mets sliding downhill. I turned the game on long enough to see KC bat around in the top of the 5th and add 4 runs. At that point, without some miracle Mets, they weren’t winning.


  3. Barb says:

    and sorry – GO ROYALS!!!!
    was a fan back in the 70s & 80s – I loved George Brett.

  4. No worries. In the same way that I would have been rooting for the Cubs if they were not playing the Mets, I would be rooting for the Royals, if they were not playing the Mets.

  5. Barb says:

    did you decide on if you will be a green army man or not? and – we need someone at Sal’s house – she won’t be home. I may drive anyway – since I need to get home to set up for all the crazy drunks

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m not going to make it to the home crawl. Too much else for me to do that day, especially if my knee will stop hurting.

  7. Eva Schweber says:

    Hi Paulie,

    My name is Eva Schweber and I work for AgileBits, the folks who make 1Password.

    Believe me, we totally understand your frustration with apps that don’t have 1Password integration. In fact, one of us went through the exact same experience with the Starbucks app earlier this week. After all, we are as reliant on our app as you are.

    The best thing you can do to change that is to let Starbucks know that you want them to add our extension to their app. It has been our experience that customers hold a fair amount of sway, and they won’t know you want it if you don’t ask. 🙂

    Wishing you the best!

    Eva Schweber
    Good Witch of the Pacific Northwest @ AgileBits

  8. Thanks for the comment, Eva!

    I’m an iOS developer, who will dedicate time this weekend to learn how to incorporate 1Password into an app (and perhaps to convince my boss to add this to the app we are developing).

    By coincidence Starbucks released a new version today, unfortunately they still haven’t incorporated 1Password support yet.

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