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Tuesday May 31 2011

Tidying up, with me, doesn’t happen because it’s that time of the month or the week or the year, or because the place just generally needs tidying up.  It happens because I am looking for some particular thing.  It is there, under the chaotic topsoil.  But where?  Let the archaeology begin.

Rather than just scatter the topsoil up into the air randomly, which even I know will massively increase the chaos, I instead find myself sorting the topsoil out, into crude categories of different topsoils.  By topsoil, I mean basically: paper.  Somewhere under all the paper is that particular piece of paper, or clutch of paper, that I seek.  Twice in the last fortnight I’ve had a day like this.  The earlier tidying frenzy was to find the book of words for an electrical gadget, which was duly found.  Today’s frenzy was to find an ancient financial document, which if found will yield money.  Today as before, many other lost and forgotten objects of value also surfaced.  Today has been more complicated, and must continue tomorrow.  The financial document has yet to materialise.

I managed to chuck out quite a bit of topsoil.  Well, not yet, but the chuckable out topsoil is already in quite a big pile of its own.  But to make room for that, I had to take out previously accumulated piles of topsoil, to make way for the new topsoil that would then have to go also.  And to take out the old topsoil I needed bags, bags which had been doing other stuff, and had never been unloaded.  So that had to be done too.  And so the task elaborated, before I do this, I will have to do this, and in order to do that, I will first have to do this.  And so on.  But progress was made.

Ah, so you are definitely this guy

Posted by Tatyana on 02 June 2011

Tatyana

If I’m lucky.  He is very meticulous.  I am only meticulous sometimes, and seldom complete the job.  And my sink, right now, is a disgrace.

Your two pictures remind me of the movie The Family Man, starring Nicolas Cage, about how a rich guy living in affluent minimalist austerity is transformed magically into a poor guy with a family and huge piles of crap.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 03 June 2011

If you click on those pictures, you’ll see identities behind them revealed - and both people couldn’t be called poor, by any standard ("this" is a woman who owns a store of decorative accessories and lives above it, in a traditional “shopkeeper"arrangement; “that” guy is a young web designer who just moved into a new job/new city/new apartment)

Meticulousness is not determined by income, rather by psychological composition

Posted by Tatyana on 03 June 2011
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