Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 24

An overabundance of choices

Most of the time (and by most, I mean 95%+), I *love* having the richness of the internet’s information available to me. It’s pretty great to be able to know you don’t know something (like whether it’s ok to transport washing machines laying down on their sides) and instantly (or at least as quickly as I can type that into Google) get an answer (pretty much not advised unless you tighten the transport bolts and then not recommended as the weight of the barrel can cause everything to go askew*).

Sometimes, though, it’s too much.  I just want a simple answer, and there isn’t one.  For example, I want to know where to find the best price on the best flooring.  Once upon a time this choice would have been simpler, as the choice would have been Bob’s Carpetatorium or Fred’s Floor-a-rama and that’d have been that.

I’m well aware that Bob’s and Fred’s may not have had, in fact, the most optimal price/value floor, but I’d have thought they did, and that would have simplified my decision-making process.  Today I search for “flooring options” and there are millions of pages (of information) and millions more of shopping (and, of course, none of those options compare apples to apples, or Pergo to Armstrong, as it were).

So I’m overwhelmed.  And I still haven’t decided on floors.  Maybe I’ll call Bob.

* This knowledge proved helpful yesterday when Adrian and I transported his old washer and dryer from storage to our new house and my old washer and dryer to (honestly) the back porch.  There’s another round of transport (new house washer and dryer to our hold house) yet to come.  I know, you envy our glamorous lifestyle, right?

Permanent link to this article: http://ginalikins.com/2011/10/24/an-overabundance-of-choices/