“Pomegranate, saffron, rosewater, chestnut flour . . .  that’s a pretty exotic shopping list,” he said.

“I don’t want to buy them, I’m experimenting,” she replied.

“I kept writing a list of what I needed, leaving it on the bench and coming home with a whole lot of things that weren’t on the list and none of the things that were.

“Now I put a whole lot of things I didn’t need on the list in the hope I’ll buy the things I do.”

“Does it work?” he said.

“Sort of. I haven’t bought anything that’s on the list; now I just have to figure out how to make it work for  buying the things that aren’t on the list .”

3 Responses to List-less

  1. Sounds like Douglas Adams’ “Dirk Gently” character’s system [apocryphally based on Adams himself].

    “He had a tremendous propensity for getting lost when driving. This was largely because of his method of “Zen” navigation, which was simply to find any car that looked as if it knew where it was going and follow it. The results were more often surprising than successful, but he felt it was worth it for the sake of the few occasions when it was both.”

    ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  2. homepaddock says:

    That sounds like a book to add to my must-read list.

  3. JC says:

    My wife has just suggested she knows a bloke who is always doing “short cuts” that on one occasion ended up on a sheep track with a locked gate. “oh well”, he said, “It was quick 40 years ago”.


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