I dislike people who say “people never change” and I try to use myself as an example whenever possible.  3rd party examples always seem to involve tragedy but when I can use myself as an example with trauma and when I was about 23-24 I made a change.  I stopped standing against the insignificant when making decisions and if the difference between the two options were less than some percentage of the while or didn’t pass some fixed cost barrier, I’d yield to any preference.  This was about the time I started saying “I don’t feel strongly about the matter” because conversationally I never found a way to say “this is my opinion but my preference is weak enough that what ever you want wins” easily.

Sometimes this causes difficulty:

Dad: I think we should get a new refrigerator.  What kind do you want?
Me: One with a frost-free freezer and a vegetable crisper.
Dad: They all have that.  I want an ice maker.
Me: Ok, what kinds have integrated ice makers?
Dad: Almost all of them.  Do you want an internal or on-the-door ice machine?
Me: I don’t feel strongly about the matter.
Dad: What color do you want?
Me: I don’t feel strongly about the matter.
Dad: Side-by-side or freezer on top?
Me: I don’t feel strongly about the matter.
Dad: Where do you think we should get it from?
Me: Craigslist.
Dad: I refuse to get a refrigerator from Craigslist.  There has to be some way to pick.

After a time, I’ve come to realize that “what do you want?” is another way of saying “I don’t care either” so I’ve had to come up with tie-breaker mechanisms.  One is the skip-x-then-go method.  I don’t remember why the skip is important but I remember reading an article ages ago on how people would have better spouses if they skipped the first n marry-able people.  For some reason, things seem to go down better if I propose an n of at least 3.

Me: Let’s go to the Sears Outlet in Franklin Mills and buy the 5th one we like.
Dad: Ok.

I just received my American Express purchase breakdown. Once a year, they send me what I’ve spent my money on for the year and they’re delighted to say they’ve added tags from other users. Looks like this year I spent most of my money on “stuff” and “things”. Good to know.

As the office nerd I’ve created stock speeches for purchasing home electronics.  My tablet vs. non-tablet essay was used by an entire sales department and my Mac vs. PC and XBox 360 vs. PS3 polemic has become stock office conversation for my elightened position of ‘use what all your friends use’.  Today, I purchased an entire computer via courier:

Coworker: So, do I go with Vista 32 or 64?
Me: Go with 64, it’s more secure and most of the bugs have been worked out.
*Coworker leaves and later returns*
Coworker: Does the case size matter?
Me: Not much, mid-tower cases are easier to upgrade and replace parts on if you plan on having it for a while.
*Several visits later*
Coworker:  How much RAM should I go with?
Me: Just get two gigs and buy more from a cheaper provider.
*Coworker leaves and later returns*
Coworker: How should I have them…*I cut him off*
Me: Get two 1 gig DIMMs rather than four 512 meg DIMMs.
Coworker: What about…*I cut him off*
Me: As long as the clock speed of the extra RAM is above or equal to the stuff that comes with it you’ll be fine.
Coworker: Who…*I cut him off*
Me: Doesn’t really matter, but I’m a fan of Mushkin, Corsair, OCZ, or Crucial.

I received my tax refund/payback of interest-free loan to the government direct deposited this morning and within seconds hit “Checkout” on the Amazon shopping cart that held my new camera and lenses.  I chose “free shipping” and “box so my items get here faster” as even individually each item qualified for free shipping.

I checked the order page and saw that I could upgrade the shipping and for a mere $30, did so and sat satisfied knowing I’d get the camera in time for…nothing.  So I changed it back to FREE! and smiled knowing that by just waiting a few more days, I’d have enough extra money for a day of ribs.  But maybe I could split the difference with two day for a mere $10 and still have it in time for…. nothing.  Switched to two-day and then thought of that shipping as the equivalent of a lunch as a discount Chinese food buffet and after some more waffling I changed it back to FREE! and smirked at my bout of financial weakness.

The items shipped and I started compulsively tracking the packages and noticed something, the boxes with the lenses and the boxes with the camera were diverging.  During my waffling, the box with the lenses shipped as 2nd day air while the camera itself didn’t ship until after I went back to FREE! ground shipping.  Looks like I’m going to have a tea party with my lenses on my birthday as that’s about all I’ll be able do.