Oh, the triumph! I managed to squeeze all of the garbage into just two cans — garbage that my wife had carelessly tossed into three cans, seemingly filling them up. But no! By careful compression of each bag, I was able to eliminate an entire can, saving over three dollars in pickup charges! Call me GarbageMan, TDavid!
I work at home as a free-lance software development consultant. I have plenty of work to do, and I can do it pretty much whenever I want to, so I suddenly can’t help realizing that spending fifteen minutes in the rain up to my elbows in garbage for three bucks doesn’t really help me meet my revenue objectives. That really takes the starch out of my cape.
But you can’t think that way. If you do, you start thinking of how much it’s costing you to walk the dog. You could hire someone to do that for you for a lot less than you could make in the same time period.
And how many hundreds of dollars in lost potential revenue does it cost to watch a baseball game?
You can’t think that way. If you do, you find yourself on the toilet thinking of how much money you could save with a good laxative.
No, don’t go there. Because why are you making money after all? To be able to live your life, that’s why. To be able to walk the dog and get some great exercise and outdoor air. To take an hour to cook and eat a wonderful breakfast. To take your time eliminating said breakfast. To spend time with your family. To watch baseball and football and any other kind of ball you want to watch. To play the occasional computer game — even to get good at it. To blog on and on about a topic nobody else cares about. And yes, to experience the thrill of victory in compacting three garbage cans into two. Count ‘em, two!