I do not hate people: I hate things.
Today, as with many days, I was reminded of how much I hate modern packaging. I realized that most food packaging, which is becoming increasing difficult to open, is not designed to protect consumers: it is designed to protect manufacturers from lawsuit. I would be willing to accept the minuscule risk of someone tampering with a package, and my even smaller risk of grabbing that package, if it meant easier access to the contents. Many food and medicine packages have more than one level of defense, making the experiences multi-frustrating. I have even refused to buy certain products a second time, because the packaging was so idiotic.
The pleasure of patronizing a butcher, baker, green grocer, etc. is enhanced by the lack of plastic and other defense mechanisms. It would be nice if the old-fashioned milkman would return...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.