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Old 10-03-2005, 11:03 PM   #21
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Jeans - who cares? They still come in blue, right?
yes, and some folks just dont wear any pants. Easier choice
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Old 10-04-2005, 02:43 AM   #22
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Give me choices. I'm smart enough to figure out how much time I want to spend optimizing those choices. If the choices involve huge dollar amounts, I'll spend a lot of time making optimum decisions. If the dollar amounts are small, I'll make quicker decisions and learn from my mistakes.
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I also read an article on "choices". The point was look at something simple like blue jeans and how many choices you have and how that makes you not so happy. That is why I find something that I need and buy the same thing over and over again. Marketers must really dislike me. Otherwise, analyticals like me waste too much time making decisions.
This reminds me of a story by my Russian prof. He emigrated from Russia as a 12-year-old. As an adult, his dad came to visit him. This was in the late 70s. His dad had a list of things that he wanted to bring back that weren't available in Russia. He bought him a nice REI coat and took him to the grocery store because it was quite important for him to bring back toothpicks. Evidently there wasn't even a proper Russian word for them at the time but he figured out what he meant.

At the grocery store, he asked his dad, "ok, do you want the flat ones, the round ones, the colored ones... etc." His dad's mouth just fell open and he was paralyzed. Finally the son said, "Ok, dad, we'll just get you one of each kind" and proceeded to load up his new coat with a variety of toothpicks. The man's mind was just plain blown.

not sure what the moral is....must be something anti-communist but can't think of it now
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But see...if all your choices were 'red or white' or 'wine or beer', you could just get along with the process and not be standing there in that long wine aisle for 15 minutes trying to figure out what to get!
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Re: limiting one's choices, I'm reminded of a friend who used to be in hotel mgt or admin. He got burner workout, er, worker burnout, quit the job, and tossed all his suits. Then he got a night computer-operator job and he bought white polo-shirts, white sweatshirts, and blue jeans. He said dressing up in the morning was really simple since he did not have to worry about matching colors.

Then there's my BF who used to wear red sweatpants, a green T-shirt, and a yellow zippered sweatshirt. He looked like a traffic light. When I offered constructive criticism, he said that it was OK because he did not have to look at himself. (Who cares that the other people seeing him suffered?

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I always look forward to reading Scott's column, have clipped and saved quite a few. I don't always agree with him, but who ever agrees with someone else 100%? I'll miss him, really
Looks like he might be busy doing nothing soon, we can invite him to join the forum....we can share with him, maybe teach him somethings he doesn't know, like about pancakes on head, kayaks, and beavers...
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Re: limiting one's choices, I'm reminded of a friend who used to be in hotel mgt or admin.* He got burner workout, er, worker burnout, quit the job, and tossed all his suits.* Then he got a night computer-operator job and he bought white polo-shirts, white sweatshirts, and blue jeans.* He said dressing up in the morning was really simple since he did not have to worry about matching colors.

Then there's my BF who used to wear red sweatpants, a green T-shirt, and a yellow zippered sweatshirt.* He looked like a traffic light.* When I offered constructive criticism, he said that it was OK because he did not have to look at himself.* (Who cares that the other people seeing him suffered?

I'm color blind so am often guilty of wearing things that others find offensive to look at (or maybe it's just me they find offensive). When I was a teenager I was able to avoid the problem by having a wardrobe that consisted entirely of blue jeans and white T-shirts. Today I depend on my DW to choose my dress if I need more than my Carharts and T-shirts.
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