A little bit about a lot of things:

• We all love having choices, yes?

But do you ever wonder if there is such a thing as too many choices?

Sometimes too many choices makes my head spin, figuratively speaking.

That happens occasionally in the grocery store.

The produce section is fairly straightforward. You have apples and oranges and cauliflower and beets and, well, you get the picture. Sometimes there will be a few varieties of, say, lettuce or potatoes or onions, but chances are you know what you want.

But, say, the bread aisle, or the chip aisle, or the soft drink aisle.....how many choices do we really need, and what’s a person to do who is undecided when facing the conundrum of white or wheat or organic or whole grain or....well, you get the picture.

And don’t even get me started on the bottled water aisle. I mean, it’s water. Believe it or not, there was a time when the only water you could get at a grocery store was that from a drinking fountain tucked away in some far corner. Buying water from the store? That idea would have gone nowhere fast when I was growing up. The kitchen sink and garden hoses provided all the drinking water we needed.

But, I digress.

I’ve come to learn in recent weeks that the ultimate in choice overload may rest with the entertainment industry.

We have been looking for more cost-efficient alternatives to our current internet/television provider.

One television network in particular caught our eye, but making sense of the choices has been a little daunting. Does the basic network have what we need? Is 190 channels sufficient, or do I need the 290-channel package? Did I really just ask that question?

What are my “must-have” channels, and in what packages are they available? Are they really “must-haves” if one or two channels are making the difference in selecting a plan?

When it comes to internet.....I don’t even know what I’m looking at in scanning the various provider websites. Do we need a top-of-the-line version in terms of speed? Probably not, but we don’t want a clunky bare-bones service that doesn’t provide the basics we need.


And then what is the true cost? Sure, there’s a base price, but what about taxes, fees and various add-on items?

Looking at other providers has just left me with a headache, and no certainty that at the end of the day we’re going to save a significant amount of money by switching to other companies.

All those choices.....but no single one that stands out as being the right one.

Maybe I’ll just spend more time reading books.

That will be less expensive and probably more enjoyable.

Of course, then I will have to decide which books to read.

Life is a matter of choices all the way around, isn’t it?

• Speaking of choices.....vote! It’s important.

• Debates I (presidential) and II (vice presidential) are in the books.....but the town-hall style presidential debate scheduled for this week went by the wayside.

Hopefully, the Trump-Biden debate scheduled for Oct. 22 will take place.....and will be a bit more insightful.

So far, the debates have failed to provide much of substance in my eyes.....and the first Biden-Trump debate debacle in particular was a low point in the race to the bottom for American politics.

The pattern which repeats itself is for candidates all too often to veer away from uncomfortable questions and try instead to interject the talking points that their campaign has deemed important.

Personally, I would have loved for moderators in the first two debates to have pressed the point when candidates (of either party) pivoted away from the question posed and instead wandered down their own list of talking points.

Call me an idealist, but that’s not too much to ask of people who aspire to lead our nation.

Is it?

• Seems like we’ve gone from sizzling days to cool mornings and sweatshirt weather.

Took long enough this year, but is a nice change, isn’t it?

Dean Harris the Managing Editor of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at dharris@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 243-8104.