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Thursday, March 03, 2005  

Those Little Decisions
Chocolate or Mint Chip? Paper or plastic? White or Rye?
It is always the little damn decisions that seem to trip me up. Julie and I have been known to spend, literally, hours trying to decide where to eat dinner on a Friday night.
What do I want for lunch? What movie do I want to watch? What tie should I wear?
I often resist making any decision for fear of making the WRONG decision, which when I think about it is utterly absurd. SO what if I order mint-chip and then decide, three licks into the cone, that chocolate would be better. There is always next time.
I have early memories of this same syndrome, oddly enough both involving toy stores. The first was at the long-gone “Toy Junction” in Heritage Plaza in my old hometown of Irvine. I must have been 6 and my mom told me I could get ONE G.I. Joe (or maybe it was Star Wars). I spent what seemed like hours in front of a towing peg-wall antagonizing my decision of which of the dozens of figures to take home. A few years later when I had finally bargained my way into an OG Nintendo and one game from Toys R Us in Costa Mesa I had a similar dilemma. I stood in the videogame section (this was back in the days when all the videogame covers were on display and you had to take the little paper-tag up to the register) trying to decide while my father grew impatient. I finally decided on Ikari Warriors, (which taught me a very valuable lesion about the way arcade-games are ported to homesystems.) Today I don’t even try to make in-store decisions. I can’t remember the last thing that I paid more than 20 bucks for that I hadn’t researched to death, as research seems to go a long way to silencing my anxieties It seems to all boil-down to some parsimonious tendency that is exacerbated when the decision involves food since I am, in a way, expending two “currencies” (the $$ for the meal and the “meal slot” for the day.)
The persistence of this neurosis in my life goes a LONG way to expressing how much I love Julie since I never thought twice about wedding her once I realized that’s what I was going to do.

posted by JMV | 3/03/2005 04:39:00 PM
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