I can't tell how irritating it is when I speak Spanish to people in my new neighborhood (where Spanish is basically all you hear). In my head, I look/sound like Peggy Hill (from King of the Hill), which makes me cringe, even though I actually can speak Spanish. And I don't want it to seem like I assume people can't speak English.
I'm trying out "Breeze," the new step-tracking iPhone app from RunKeeper. It uses the built-in motion tracking hardware of the iPhone 5S. Gets decent results. However, the notifications are ridiculous and patronizing. If it can't talk to me like I'm an adult, I have no respect for it.
Two of my cousins and my aunts and uncle live in Virginia, and they've always been huge fans of the Washington Football-Team-That-Uses-A-Slur-For-A-Name. I remember one Christmas when I was in England and about 8 or 9 years old, they sent us some porcelain football player figurines with lamps attached. Even as a boy I hated the name of the team.
Took me a good 3-5 minutes to figure out what this was. My thought process culminated with: "Hmmmmm...is it an upside-down/rearranged United States? Like, as a political statement, because the artist is Canadian? Oh. Right."
I left my phone in the hotel lobby, and security didn't want to give it back to me because I "couldn't tell them what color it was" when really they couldn't specify which part of the phone they meant.
Extremely relevant advice from my father: "You got your job, you get your nickel every couple of weeks, and you do your best. There will be challenges to your professionalism, but you are still a professional. Only read USA Today or the Toronto Daily News."