Warm and wet again. It did rain on the plain in Spain yesterday, for values of ‘rain’ and ‘spain’ that are closer to ‘houston’ and ‘misty drizzle’. Rounding error. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Today should be more of the same, overcast, humid, rain in places.
Did my ‘south’ pickups. Stuff for the BOL and gub accessories mostly. “Why, no sir, I don’t have a single complete gub in the house….” I might have a “few” parts in a box somewhere…
I’ve got my ‘north’ pickups to do today and tomorrow. Looking at the map, I may not combine them with my trip to the BOL to meet the engineer. One is WAY off the path. It might make more sense to do the out of the way pickup today and just leave it all on the truck for the trip up tomorrow. So many choices.
Americans are certainly used to an overabundance of choices. We even have a branch of science* to study why having too many choices is bad in retail, and in life. I’ve argued for a while that one of the main underlying and crucial differences between Americans and Europeans (well, really everyone else) is that we come from a culture of abundance and they come from a culture of scarcity. It really does impact how you relate to almost everything.
With that in mind, the coming shortages and economic collapse are going to be very hard for Americans to accept and ‘deal with’. I think there will be a lot of people whose brains just sort of vapor lock on the idea that there AREN’T any choices. They are going to sputter, and deny, and b!tch, and fail to adapt to the new reality.
Don’t be one of them. Get your head around the idea that things are not normal, won’t be normal, and it will be a long time before a new normal establishes itself. This will free you to act accordingly.
Stacking up stuff so you personally still have choices might be a really good idea too.
*well, not ‘science’ exactly, but SOCIAL science…
(and Friday the Thirteenth falls on a Wednesday this month)