And in case you're experiencing a little baldness, there's always "Toppik," made of pure keratin (i.e., hair fiber), which you shake on your head and voila! "Thousands of color-matched hair fibers instantly blend with your existing hair. Magnetized with static electricity, they bond so securely that they will stay in place day and night even in wind, rain or perspiration."
So yeah. There's probably a place for products like these, especially if you are a stressed-out, balding person with a neurotic pet. But what I want is for someone to invent something that's really useful such as a device that gives people a little electric shock if they don't get to the point right away.
Take what happened to me at Smith's Marketplace this morning. There was this lady in the checkout line who wanted to exchange two packages of sweet pea seeds. But instead of just saying to the clerk, "Hello, I need to exchange two packages of sweet pea seeds" and handing them over, she launched into a long and involved explanation about why she had in her possession two packages of seeds she didn't want.
"OK," she said to the clerk. "Here's what happened. I bought three blah, blah, blah packages of nasturtium seeds last Saturday. But when I got home I realized two of them were actually sweet blah, blah pea seeds. I guess they were accidentally hiding blah behind the nasturtium seed package blah, blah, which was on the top. I guess I should have blah, blah checked.
But anyway. It's not that I don't like sweet peas. I blah, blah LOVE them. But I don't have any luck with them, you know? I think you need to live in blah, blah, blah Midway to grow sweet peas successfully. So the point is this: Can I exchange them for blah, blah nasturtiums? Because that's what I meant to blah blah buy in the blah first place. Blah blah nasturiums.
Meanwhile, everybody in the line was gnashing their teeth and tearing out their hair (good thing somebody already invented Toppik) and sending the crazy talking lady silent hostile brain waves saying, WHY COULDN'T YOU GET TO THE POINT FIVE MINUTES AGO? Which she totally would have if someone had given her a little electric shock to remind her that sales clerks don't really care about the backstory.
How do I know this?
Because the crazy talking lady with the nasturtium seeds this morning was me. And for sure I would have gotten to the point sooner if a fellow customer had used a Taser on me.
So please, inventors of America. Get busy. Create a device that keeps me from explaining myself unnecessarily, and send it to me quick.
Ann Cannon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/anncannontrib.