Sunday, May 27, 2007

Things Change.

The things I was crazy about suddenly became the very thing I'm trying to get out of my system real quick so I don't have to deal with it anymore ever. Used to be crazy about a lot of things like I couldn't do without coffee first thing in the morning but just last week, I had had it with coffee that I started on Milo first thing in the morning and this suits me just fine.
Once a week I do my laundry and put on hold meeting people or going some place with someone special until the whole laundry process is done and that means putting the laundry in a neat stack, grouped according to individual size. Just last week I had had enough with laundry that I'm thinking of selling off to the highest bidder the whole laundry system in my kitchen and forget about laundry once and for all for the rest of my life. For fresh clothes all I've gotta do is send them to one of those fancy laundrettes in the neighborhood so I don't have to think about the details that used to get me crazy like wrinkles and unaligned stack. Gotta get used to living with imperfections.
I am buying less and less chemicals for the floors, kitchen sink and the glass windows. I don't clean the house as often as I used to anymore. I don't feel the pressure to start with a thorough sweeping of the floors, followed by running the mop soaked in a solution every inch of the floor so I could read the morning paper in peace enjoying my Milo like a guy who has no problem whatsoever in the world while listening to the traffic report on the radio.
Maybe next week I'd finally get rid of this uncanny urge in me that I should stock the house to the roof with meat, fish, vegetables and fruits just in case friends drop in and they haven't eaten the whole day and I take it on me to fix something for them to eat. Which explains why I buy chinaware and silverware whenever I come across something that I figure would match nicely with a dish I've got in mind. That's why I've got a lot of washing to do when friends have done eating and left me with the dishes. Which is why I've never ran out of liquid detergent because I make sure I have at least 2 canisters stashed in a neat row together with other chemicals in the bottom half of the third drawer to the right from the kitchen sink. I can still go crazy when I am down to one liquid detergent left in the house that I thought of starting a home-delivery business specialising in liquid detergent straight to your door when you've got none in the house.
Quite a few things left in me that I'm not sure if I'd be able to get them entirely out of my system. I'm crazy about going to the wet market to buy fresh fish, lamb and beef, vegetables and fruits, nuts and spices, canned food and stuff like udang kering. When I get home I'd pack and seal them in a freezer bag according to individual weight, usually 250 gm for meat, and individual pack for fish. Once I thought of investing in a vacuum pack machine but the world hasn't got a model small enough to be used in a home. Maybe I should build one and sell it the way illy sells their espresso machines. For now I am not crazy about vacuum pack machine yet, maybe next week.
I also used to be crazy about mountain bikes that I've spent quite a bit of money on them. But these days, I don't feel like riding them very much because I'm hooked on racing bike and I think I am gonna get me one to ride it until I'm done with it. That, of course, would be the very thing I'd write about much much later. But for now, I'm doing all right writing this blog but who's to tell that I'd be so bored doing it tomorrow that I may not wanna have anything to do with blogs anymore ever.
Nothing lasts forever.


Blogger k.d said...

Mr.Bergen sir...I read this entry of yours coz it reflects me...coz I too like to have stocks in my house of at least of everything. My deep freezer is stocked to the brim and my pantry..gosh..there's just not enough place for anything!!

I hate doing laundry..really...but I like neat cupboards...and the clothes all neatly folded or hanged and ironed. But too busy now so evrything just in baskets. Nak pakai baru cari and iron.

You're my kinda man'll keep my house clean and tidy!!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Arena said...

Oh man, u sounded like a very organize and neat man.. I bet you cant really sleep at night if you have one spoon unwashed in the basin. hahahah..

11:01 AM  
Blogger dee3 said...

can i have / buy your mountain bike(s) when u're done with it?
i'll need instructions on the gears too...

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This obsession of keeping everything in order can later be translated into our daily intereaction with another individuls. We eventually end up expecting people to conformed into every pigeonhole that we created ourself.It can be very stiffling and uncomfortable to the partner if there is one.In one hand he or she loved the person very very much but cant imagine the life of stacking things in order.

There was a movie'Sleeping with the Enemy' with Julia Roberts living with an obsessive Compulsive husband.

In our own selfish way we want to make everything pleasing to us.
My beloved late father was like that to the point that there is a specific way of cutting fruits for certain gp of chicken so that they dont choke on themselves and different dinner time for the duck and the chicken as he couldnt stand the bickering they had!!

He made sure the order was followed to the 'T'.

The place that is good for this sort of personality is in operating theatre or an airline mechanic
Ciow Bro

3:28 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

K.D: Stocking the freezer with provision is good especially with the children in the house. You can cook something up anytime of day and THAT to me constitutes a homely setting that I dream of. About the laundry, LOL,I reckon you're not alone on this one, doc. Yes, a neat cupboard is a joy, provided one has the time, that is.

Arena: LOL, not that bad lah. But I do make sure that nothing is left unwashed in the sink before turning in for the night.

Dee3: The gears, in principle, work very much like that of a car. Shift down when going uphill. Of course it takes a bit of practice to get it right when riding. Give me a few more weeks I'd probably give one of the bikes to you for free. LOL.

UbiWanKelubi: You've got it right there about operation theater and airline mechanic. I believe we become organized through years and years of being drilled at work to be systematic since a slip up may cause lives, and serious damage to equipment. I've seen attitude that contributed to accidents with fatal consequences, first degree burn, death, agonizing death with the screaming that could get to you for years. I've seen the last gasp of air out of a twisted body with bones and eye balls dropping. All because someone somewhere, didn't think it was important to do the thing according to the manual, or they way they had been trained to do.

LOL, I am no saying my house is a such a dangerous place to live that I've got be as systematic about everything as if I'm on the oil rig. I like things to be in order, and neat. I am not obsessed to the point of being irrational about it like washing the hands 150 times a day just because I've just took the garbage out. I believe a little discipline is good for the mind, to keep it alert. Besides, no one has ever died for being clean. But people die for being dirty, or disorganized.

To everyone who dropped by this way, thank you for coming and you have a nice day now, y'hear?

7:50 AM  

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