Boy, oh boy… tough choices make life difficult – SCN Encourager

But wouldn’t it be nice to somehow repeal Murphy’s Law today!

It’s Election Day 2016.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-2-31-15-pmAnd whether you view casting your ballot as your right, a privilege, or simply one’s civic duty, you know today is big is in the grand scheme of things.

It’s why 99.9% of everyone who reads this will participate.

We school folks vote.

It sure would be nice if the ballot were a smidgen shorter, though.

Too many choices can cause voter fatigue and confusion.
(Or so I’ve been told. I can’t always pin down the sources of my own fatigue and confusion.)

But I’m starting to think it’s true.

It must be – since the “too many choices can paralyze” theory is such a popular research topic for marketers and consumer psychologists.

Plus, there really are some choices that arise that give me pause.

[But joining in on Wednesday’s 45 minute Lunchinar isn’t one of them. This one’s a no-brainer.]

Here’s the latest example of what I’m talking about.

It has to do with what I do before writing to you.

Prior to composing every Encourager message, I am asked by my web blog system to enter my user name and password and sign into my account.

No problem.

Well yesterday – after I flawlessly entered both items – this little baby popped up:

What the… ?!?






Prove my humanity?!?

Of course, like every school communicator on the planet, I know the correct answer is 9.

But I’m not like other school communicators – who are bright and on the cutting-edge.

I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum.

I’ve got to proceed carefully.

Because more often than not, any answer I give in response to a sneaky question is dead wrong.

This means I’ve got to always think long and hard before just plugging in any ol’ number into an answer box.

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-3-54-31-pmSure, “9” is the correct answer. I know that much.

But that’s not how the question is worded, is it?

And while typing in a “10” would best be classified as a careless mistake, it’s probably a more accurate and truer reflection of my humanity.

It’s what I’d typically do.

Urgh… I hate tough choices like this.

But since I’m a rambling-gambling kind of guy when you get right down to it, at least in my dreams, I plugged in a “9.”

It worked!


Now I can’t hide from the embarrassment of spending more time fretting about how to get logged into my web blog system than I did writing the blog itself.

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