Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"Shoulds" are bogus

Comparing the “should” with the reality and the end result

When one major appliance breaks down, nothing else should.
Reality: After the dishwasher died and I was getting grumpy about washing dishes, the cordless phone and the coffeemaker both quit. Of course, we just bought a pack of 200 coffee filters yesterday.
End result: I’m reading the sale ads. And the new coffeemaker has to take the same kind of filters.

Every family member should empty his or her pockets before putting clothes in the washing machine.
Reality: Husband sent his jeans through the wash with the cell phone in one pocket.
End result: It’s still sitting on the kitchen counter (near the nonworking dishwasher) drying out. Thank goodness he didn’t put the phone through the dryer, too!

When taking a car in for service, the mechanics should look it over thoroughly.
Reality: 5000 miles ago we took the car in. The computer couldn’t muster a code to tell them what to do. Despite our detailed description of the symptoms, they gave us the stock reply: “We can’t just throw parts at it!” Incidentally, when we called the dealer in the next big town, their customer service rep gave us the same line (“We can’t just throw parts at it!”) without even looking at the car.
End result: 5000 miles and several dangerous moments later, the computer finally gives them a code that leads the service folks to a likely repair.

I should be eating fresh tomatoes and other yummy veggies.
Reality: I planted the garden three weeks late, so everything will ripen later.
End result: I’ll be serving BLTs every day when school starts.

When the university sends out an email bill, the online site for payment should work.
Reality: The site was down for approximately three weeks.
End result: When the site finally came up, it was excruciatingly slow while every family that paid online tried to pay at the same time.

When I upload a digital picture to the computer, I should be able to find it again easily.
Reality: Pictures always seem to get saved somewhere random instead of in the file I thought I used as a destination.
End result: I grumble and use bad words when I’m searching for the pictures I just took!

Saying “should” is like saying “assume”; it just doesn’t jive with reality.
Thank you for listening to me rant; I feel better already.
Smile. (Or is that an evil grin?)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

Great stuff - all too true!
For the pictures, do you use a program like Adobe Photoshop Album? It makes it so much easier to keep track of the pictures, no more worrying about what directory they ended up in! There are also free applications, like the one from Shutterfly.

8/16/2006 11:45 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

We have Photoshop Album. I usually save my own work (or try to)in my own files on the hard drive. One problem is that we have three different people using the camera and saving to this computer. I'll master this eventually!

8/16/2006 2:53 PM  
Blogger Merry Mama said...

Yah, I mean yes. I *should* say yes.

My math teacher beat the ass outa u and me (ass u me) horse to death last semester. Great post.

My mom always called it "Murphy's Law."

8/16/2006 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kristina Chew said...

A friend a long time ago told me always to beware of when I used "should"----great rant!

8/17/2006 9:08 PM  

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