Creative Destruction

November 29, 2006

Bachelorhood and the Impossibility of Being Wrong

Filed under: Content-lite,Navel Gazing — Brutus @ 12:43 am

I just moved over the weekend. I used to move every year, but I’ve stayed put the last seven years until now. So it’s a considerable difference from routine to move my household. I had some help with some heavy things, but it was mostly my own labor spread out over the four-day holiday. What struck me is that the planning and execution of the move was totally up to me. I’d repeatedly stand and stare around the room trying to decide what to pack/lift/carry first. The conclusion I eventually came to was that it really didn’t matter much and that in the absence of another’s input it was actually impossible to make a wrong decision. Whatever I decided, that’s what I went with, and if an adjustment was required, well, I adjusted. I did inadvertently lock myself out of the old apartment tonight, which was meant to for gathering the last bit of stuff and cleaning, so I did make an error and will have to go back tomorrow, but it’s not quite the same as being wrong.

In the new place, I face a similar inexhaustible set of choices what to unpack and set up first, second, etc. Again, there is no right or wrong about it, merely choices. Most of my stuff is still sitting in piles and boxes in utter disarray, whereas I already set up the computer and stereo to keep myself entertained. It will probably be a month or more before I get everything situated. It’s not that I’m lazy about it. I just don’t care to have it done right away. And there’s nothing wrong with that.



  1. Isn’t moving always like that? The decision trees are almost endless.

    What goes in what box? How many boxes will it take to hold all my books? Do drawers count as boxes? How did I seal the packing take inside that box? How did my cat get in there?

    And at the new place, it’s almost as bad.

    Where did I put the platter for the microwave? Which box has the book I want to read in The Smallest Room? How did my cat get in that box? Should I put this poster here or here?

    And perhaps the most important question for those owned by cats: Where did I put the litter for the catbox?

    Oi. And to think that I’m moving at the end of January… Two months to go, and I’m already assembling an army of boxes.

    And taking the cats out of them.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 29, 2006 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  2. Used to move every year? You don’t grow roots, do you?

    Comment by Tuomas — November 30, 2006 @ 1:34 am | Reply

  3. Lucky someone helped you!

    Comment by Vilon — November 30, 2006 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

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