a year, I wander around the house changing the time on some of
few of them adjust on their own, which Iím thankful for. A few
of them donít, which is fine. And less than a few we donít glance
at as often, which is why I usually end up with two or three AA
batteries along for the wander. Nothing like being far away from
the drawer where the battery stash normally resides, only to realize
thatís when you need one because a clock you never look at isnít
year, I began my walkabout and began wondering about how I happened
to have only a couple of AA batteries left in the package. Started
out as twenty. Felt like I just bought it. And ultimately a bit
of this and a bit of that led to it occurring to me that I never
seem to see the package half-full. Once in a great while, I do
have a new package. But most of the time itís just about empty.
And it seems to stay that way for a while.
first theory that came to mind is fairly simple and direct. I
buy batteries when I need them. In fact, there are times when
I need them that I wait. Example of what I meanÖ Iíve stopped
playing video games because the controller needed new batteries.
That isnít a great sacrifice, since I only play two or three times
a month. But expand that to include swapping them from another
television remote. Or spending an hour trying to find a different
flashlight that might still be working rather than just writing
ďC batteriesĒ on the shopping list. You get the idea, you make
it work and you donít buy a new package of batteries.
delay means that when you do actually buy batteries, you go on
a spree of changing them in game controllers, remotes, clocks,
flashlights and more. It means that whenever a new package arrives
in the house, itís immediately called upon to supply a dozen or
so needs. Thus, the result becomes that as soon as you buy batteries
youíre basically out again.
thought that was an interesting idea to bat about for a bit, until
I needed some orange juice this morning. Of course, the container
was almost empty. And that shifted things. Because we all put
back the almost empty container with barely anything there at
had been thinking about batteries and wondering about how I move
them around, change what I do for that and other things, and generally
just forget to pick something up until I absolutely need it. Orange
juice though, thatís a different story. Thatís being too lazy
to toss the bottle into the recycling, so maybe you can make it
look like there was something left.
think there are various reasons we donít replace items in our
house. Convenience and cost are the likely top causesÖ with some
items requiring a special or unexpected trip in order to make
a purchase, or others that are simply too expensive at that moment.
At times, a pressing need may come into play, where not using
something for several weeks doesnít create a rush to purchase
the reason, it strikes me as odd that there are different realities
for how we set the priority of replenishing things around the
house. And in the latest rush to make every trip to the store
one with purpose and need, those reasons become a bit more planned
had a few batteries left after changing the clocks this weekend.
So, Iím good and wonít be heading to the store. If you could help
a guy out though, pick up some orange juice for me if you get
a chance. Thanks.