Now here’s a minefield.

Choice is meant to be a good thing … isn’t it? I’m not that sure actually. Sometimes I stand in front of a display of yoghurts, for instance, and feel completely overwhelmed and wish that there were only six choices … to include the crushed gingernut dipper … obviously.

And then, on the other hand, I might go to a DIY shop and get very annoyed I can’t get a left hand thread, 5 flanged pink gusset restraining link.

It’s at this point that I have to start using my brain and my hands. If I buy a confused threaded, 3 flanged black gusset restraining link (available almost anywhere) I can adapt it using a fine file, a welding kit, a touch of BlueTac and a pot of paint. Very satisfying.

If, like me, you have a lop sided bum … huge left buttock and perfectly pert right … and can only find one pair of trousers that fit perfectly … but the material is ‘orrible … buy them and then unpick them so you have a pattern to use on a material you really like … crushed maroon velvet in my case … and then, a few stitches later, you have your ideal pants*!. Again very satisfying.

My conclusion is that choice is rather overrated and can inhibit creativity … as well as being rather confusing.

*Not related to the gusset restraining link in any way BTW

One Comment

  1. Posted February 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Jim was just soliloquizing upon the plethora of choice the other day. He has observed that in the produce department where he works, the policy is to keep all bins as full as possible, because this makes the whole place look “pretty”. However, this leads to a lot of waste as the consumers feel obliged to pick up and put down every single apple in an attempt to find the “best” one when all of them are pretty much the same. Every time you pick up an apple and put it down, you bruise it. Soon all the apples look equally bad and no one wants to buy them and they wind up being thrown out.

    Also, the conditions of storage out on the floor are not ideal and do not keep the produce fresh. In order for that to happen, it needs to stay back in the climate controlled environs of the cooler.

    His peroration was, “Why put out 200 cucumbers so that people have a choice and can ruin half of them? Put out two cucumbers. This one or THAT one, pick one. Then add another cucumber.”

    daddyp replied:

    I would put Jim in charge of all cucumbers. It would ease my angst no end.

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