He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
— Harold Wilson

Following is a list of areas in which I enjoy change — and about how often:

  • my hairstyle  —  every couple of months (pretty sure I’m shaving it bald for New Year’s)
  • my beardstyle  —  every couple of months (currently growing it out long again… it’s “No-shave November,” you know?)
  • my wife’s level of attraction to me (I don’t actually enjoy this, but a bald-headed Brett with a big mountain man beard can’t help me any in the looks department; that’s for sure.)
  • my shirt  —  every day
  • my jeans  —  every 3 or 4 days
  • music  —  several times a day
  • food  —  I can eat leftovers 2 or 3 times before getting tired of them.  But that’s it.  [And I do not enjoy eating Tanzanian food every day.]
  • adventure   —  I like to do something adventurous about once a month or so.  I get bored easily.
  • exercise  —  Running is great, but not every day.  Give me a bike, a weight room, or a rock climbing wall occasionally, please.
  • my daily routine — Please don’t ask me to do the same thing all day every day.
  • diapers — I like for them to be changed.  I just don’t like to be the changer.  Or the changee, for that matter.

It is not necessary to change.  Survival is not mandatory.
— W. Edwards Deming

Following is a list of areas in which I do not like change:

  • my morning routine  —  I “need” to wake up early, study my Bible, read, write, run (or bike, etc), and pray.
  • my morning coffee  —  I “need” at least four cups of coffee every morning.
  • money  —  For the most part I don’t like change.  I think we should get rid of pennies.  Round up or down; I don’t care.  Nickels probably aren’t worth keeping either.  But a dollar coin… that I could go for.
  • my name  —  I would be incredibly confused if my name were different every day….

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.
— Robert C. Gallagher

Following is a list of areas in which I don’t care about change, but my wife seems to:

  • bed sheets and pillowcases

Change has been on my mind lately because WordPress is forcing all of us who were using the “PressRow” theme to switch to another.  “Pilcrow” is really close to what I had — I’ve already gone live with it — but I’m sure there are some slight differences here and there, where column and font sizes shifted just a bit.  I think I’ve got it looking right again, but let me know if you see any problems on the site anywhere.  Actually if you’ve got any suggestions at all for the blog, please offer them. I figure as long as I’m making changes, I might as well embrace the idea.



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9 responses to “change

  1. Like this post Brett. Made me chuckle. I too like change but have also noticed that there are times I like to stay the same. This would be a great challenge post. But I don’t know what the PressRow theme is. Can you explain? Is that just one theme or is it an across the board change?

    • bill, pressrow is just the wordpress theme that i was using. it was a set layout which i was able to alter to suit me. they’re retiring it, though, so i’m now using a new theme that’s almost exactly the same. i doubt most people could even tell a difference…

      my only concern is that there are old posts — where i’d carefully measured out pictures and accompanying text — that are now out of whack. but i haven’t taken the time to go look yet. maybe later…

  2. Brittney Harrison

    I like change also. Maybe too much. I like to move. I like to meet new people. And I like to be uncomfortable in situations, sometimes.

    Don’t shave your head for New Year’s. It will be terrible in my pictures.

    And I vote we get rid of nickels. I hate nickels. Pennies are fine-at least they are way better than nickels.

    I like your blog. No suggestions. But I am ready for football season to be over for the reason that you blog about it.

    • the hair will grow out some before you’re taking any pictures of it.

      why would you like pennies more than nickels — though i do say we get rid of them both. pennies probably cost more in food eaten to provide the energy to carry them than they are actually worth. i bet you can’t buy anything to eat with 4 cents that would give you enough energy to carry 4 pennies for one hour.

      i don’t blog about football all that often, do i?

  3. A dollar coin? You’re sounding more Canadian every day, my friend. I think you’d like being a Canadian. We have lots of bacon.

    • i don’t have much against canada. if you’ve got dollar coins, that’s a major plus. but i’m afraid it won’t outweigh the cold.

      and your canadian bacon is not nearly as good as real bacon. do you guys call canadian bacon just bacon?

      • Yep, our dollar coins are nicknamed “loonies” because the original coin had a loon on one side and the queen on the other – easy joke fodder. We also have two dollar coins. They are nicknamed “toonies”, of course.

        I agree about the bacon. Actually, when Canadians talk about bacon, we are usually referring to real bacon. As far as I can tell, real bacon is a lot more popular here than the stuff known as Canadian bacon, or what we usually call “back bacon”. Maybe we call it back bacon because we’d rather send it back and get some real bacon instead.

        • i wanted to ask how many loonies to a united states dollar. but we both know the better question is how many loonies to a half kilo of regular bacon. you guys measure in pounds or kilograms?

          • Almost everything is labeled in metric, but a lot of our packaging still revolves around imperial measures. Bacon (and a lot of other stuff) is sold in 454 gram packages – which happens to be exactly one pound.

            I was in grade school when Canada converted over to metric, so I’m fluent in both systems. But for me – and I think for a lot of Canadians – it’s just easier to visualize things in pounds or inches or Fahrenheit degrees. I still convert things in my head from metric to imperial. Ask a Canadian how tall they are, and they’ll most likely tell you in feet and inches rather than centimeters. Ask how much they weigh, chances are good that they’ll tell you in pounds. Or politely mention that it’s none of your business.

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