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02/18/2004: "supermarket."

You know that feeling of brain-emptiness you get when one of your favorite songs unexpectedly plays in a public place, and you suddenly stop in your tracks, pause mid-conversation or mid-shopping, and can't focus on anything except the song? Your usual rational neocortical functioning rewired straight through that emotional amygdala. So I'm standing there in the citrus-juices section of my local supermarket, right, and suddenly amid all the usual Muzak is 'Upside Down' by Diana Ross, and I stand there, frozen, in front of a tall display of grapefruit juice, unable to process which one I want. 'With Calcium' or without? 'With pulp' or without? 'Florida's Natural' or 'Tropicana'? Why are there so many choices? (I reviewed a book a few months ago called 'The Paradox of Choice', which actually kind of sucked and never satisfyingly answered that question.) And so I'm still standing there, unable to buy a simple half-gallon of grapefruit juice, staring and staring as if in a trance, not thinking about anything except that song (that solo!), before finally picking a carton at random. 'Inside out...and round and round...'

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hydrocodone said @ 09/18/2004 12:07 AM EST

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