just so


We all pick details in our life that we focus on.

There are always going to be things that we demand are “just so”.

Whether it’s making sure our cars are spotless…constantly detailed and organized…or carefully arranging our extensive comic book collections by date and title, we all have some small detail that we like to keep clean and tidy.


It could be that we let it all slide…eventually just another scramble to grab the lip of the cliff before we are hurled back down to earth…messy houses and messy lives and mess everywhere we look.

Maybe that’s our style…creative disfunction and anarchy…our whirling dervish minds spilling out into the physical part of our lives, all our possibilities unhindered by housekeeping and a neat personal environment.

Of course, I speak not from my own experience.  I am organized and controlled…buttoned down and locked tight…neat, neat, neat.  I don’t have anything to do with a messy creative environment if I can help it.

It’s pretty disgusting to be around clutter.

Actually, my wife is very neat and she battles my tendency to accumulate and collect.  I’m not so neat if the truth was told.

The thing about “just so” that’s not really fair is that it doesn’t really present a clear picture of what the scenario actually involves.

A person can have high-minded tastes…and if they have the ability to finance and finagle, they can set their lives up to be whatever they want them to be.

If you can push right up against the edges of what you can afford…and then get really creative with how you get the things that you can’t afford right now….well, you can have a lot of really nice stuff.

(If you don’t have a lot of experience with creative financing, there are a lot of people who are willing to help get you signed up for payment plans with no money down, low-interest for the first year…maybe even no interest for the first year.  There are people who will help you fix your credit for a price…let you trade in last year’s “just so” to let you get the current model, etc., etc., etc.  I guess that what I’m saying is that there are people in the world who will help you stretch things to the breaking point.  And if you get the man to figure out a way to lower your monthly payment, well…then you’ve really won.  You’re the winner!!)

So you can have things “just so” with just a little taste and effort.  Why would anyone want to live any other way?  Nice people don’t deny themselves anything, after all…they’re nice and they deserve the best.

“Just so” does have its repercussions.  It locks you into a situation where you better not slow down in the acquisition phase…you better keep making some money so that the helpful people who were so friendly when you were borrowing the money don’t send the mean people after you when you call to tell them that you might be a little late with your payment “just this once.”

There are a bunch of sharks swimming under the surface of “just so”….just as anxious as they can be to come charging up from the depths when it starts getting a little harder to hold the veneer on the pretty picture that’s “just so”…anxious to bite the heck out of you when it starts getting harder to tread water.

Appearances are deceptive.  Holding it together is easy until the “OPM” (other people’s money) runs out.

Things are pretty cool to have until you have to figure out a way to pay for them.

But until it all hits the fan, it’s probably a pretty nice thing to have it all “just so”.

That’s what nice people do, right?

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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