Why do we do these things?

french-fries1I know we have all done stuff like this so I want to ask you why do we keep doing them?  How many times have you tried re-heating McDonald’s french fries KNOWING they aren’t going to taste good?  I keep trying it.  Or how many times do you take your french fries home in the doggie bag and try re-heating them? They might taste okay but they are by no means “good.”

I’ve also taken something out of the freezer and can see full well that it’s got an awful lot of freezer burn on it and I make it anyway. I know it’s going to taste like that so why do I keep doing it?

Have you ever gotten locked out of your house or car and kept double checking all the doors even though you know they are all locked?  You try it anyway even though you know the front door is always locked and when you locked the car, you locked all the doors??

What about throwing something in the washing machine knowing that stain isn’t going to come out and you toss it in anyway “hoping” it will come out.  You know if you want to try and get it out, you should do it right the first time but I’ve done this time after time.  It’s just like my first thought, if I thought it would be there, it usually is.

What are some things you keep trying over and over and you know it’s not going to be different but you just keep trying any how?

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22 Responses to Why do we do these things?

  1. SKL says:

    That sounds gross with the fries – I don’t know that I’ve ever tried that, but now I know I won’t in the future.

    Hmm, let’s see. Checking Websites every single day even if they only have a new post like once every 3-6 months. Hoping that the critters will stop bothering the birdseed or trying to live in my basement. Checking my savings accounts to find out if it’s really true that the interest rates have gone down to a third of what they were last summer. Telling my kid not to do something that she has a compulsion to do. Telling myself I’m not going to eat at 11pm because it’s unhealthy, then eating twice as much at 1am just before going to sleep. Going to ToysRUs or a bookstore and vowing to buy only the thing I went there for – ha! Buying a book for my mom or dad hoping that (a) they will actually read it and (b) they didn’t just buy it off ebay last week for a tenth of the price.

    I think the reason we try “futile” things is that maybe one time, we got unexpected results, so now we think, “never say never.” Or because “hope springs eternal.” Also because it keeps life interesting. You wouldn’t want life to be totally predictable.

  2. I think we have a false hope sometimes – we just think “maybe, just maybe it’ll work this time!” I have no idea why we do this, but perhaps it is just the endless endurance and false hope that is one of the hallmarks of humankind? You don’t catch animals trying to do the same pointless thing twice, right?

    I definitely do this too – like SKL, I check websites for updates when I’ve checked them just a few minutes before sometimes, I put stained clothing in the wash when it’s hopeless and I’ve definitely tried reheating french fries as well! Never comes out as good :(. Oh, also retoasting toast that has gotten all hard and dry? Never works either…

  3. Eric Richardville says:

    Starting a diet on Monday. I have said every week for the last 5 months that, “I will eat whatever I want and on Monday I will start the diet.” I make this proclamation all the time, knowing well enough that I will not do it.

  4. mssc54 says:

    You aren’t heating them properly! Heat them slightly in the microwave THEN PUT THEM IN THE TOASTER OVEN! MMMMM

  5. Laura (LS) says:

    Yeah…. the fry thing. I have not found any way that they can cook up better…. moderate success with spraying them with cooking spray then sticking them in a HOT oven, but not much. Better just to pitch them. They weren’t THAT good the first time around!!!

    And I keep turning on the news, hoping to hear that someone holding public office has found an ounce of common sense. No luck so far…

  6. pammy wammy says:

    I have a few things I do over and over.Like when i set my alarm,I will check it over and ober to make sure it is turned on.And I no it is.When i lock my door at home,I also check it over and over before going to bed to make sure I really locked it.I seem to do these things when I am tired.

  7. javajunkee says:

    ohhhh I’m an OCD posterchild. Or like 10 second Tom in 50 First Dates 😦 I think it’s a combination of all the prescription meds I was on ..them frying my brain and now trying to live without the majority of them.

    I will check the house door 20 times before we leave to make sure it’s locked. I’m like pammy..I check the alarm clock 2 or 3 times 😦

    …I throw french fries away. Those and tator tots do not warm up unless you fire up the oven and put them in there .

    and OMGosh…I check websites and go through my blogroll like 20 times in half an hour…just hoping somebody posted something.

  8. Doraz says:

    Over the years I have developed a routine.
    If that is considered this…then,
    I check all doors before going to bed.
    I check the stove.
    I check on the kids.
    I leave my bedroom door open…I am upstairs and need to hear!!!!
    🙂

  9. Just a Mom says:

    My oldest daughter goes to the door first when we get home from somewhere and tries to open the door knowing darn well that the door is locked!

    I double, triple, quadruple check my alarm clock too!

  10. Gary says:

    I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. Maybe I will think of something later today???

  11. joanharvest says:

    The worst one that I do is stuff things in a cupboard and close the door knowing full well that the next time I open it everything is going to fall out on the floor.

    Also I look in the fridge for no reason. I don’t even know what I think is going to suddenly appear there. But so far nothing has magically appeared and yet I still do it.

  12. nikki says:

    LOL…this post is great! I found a trick to the fries situation…the oven on broil for a few minutes. I don’t mind them ,they’re better then the microwave. The freezer burn happens quite often and the stain….well I have been working on an oil stain on Bailey’s Twins jersey for week now! BLACK CAR OIL! On his not so cheap, very special jersey! I’ll keep working at it knowing I won’t get in any cleaner! Just a mom thing maybe. And plus I have to compete with the QUEEN of stain removal!! JOY!
    Oh yea the keys in the car has happened many time to me too! Now that I think about it…this post just kinda reminded me how looney we really are!
    I save everything when it comes to food, waste not want not, but I KNOW no one will eat it. I don’t even eat it! But I keep doing it, just in case!
    I keep letting Bailey eat his desert in the living room knowing full well that, “I won’t spill, I promise” really only means, “I’ll TRY to spill, I promise.” But I continue to allow him to do it. You always know where Bailey has eaten!
    WHY do we do these things?…because we are insane. We continue to do the same things expecting a different outcome. LOL…I don’t mind it!

    • Karen Joy says:

      Polmolive dish soap always works for oil stains on cloths for me,but thats cooking oils not car oil.Just a suggetion.

    • Joy says:

      Oil is a tough one. I have no magic solution for you on that.

    • SKL says:

      Did you try turpentine/lighter fluid? Or would that ruin the cloth?

    • Sue says:

      I save food too knowing no one will eat it. Growing up in my house, throwing food away was not an option so I have a hard time doing it now. Toby HATES leftovers and I will eat it sometimes. I usually forgets it’s in there until a few days have gone by and then I won’t eat it!

  13. kweenmama says:

    I’m guilty of checking our doors over and over before I go to bed to make sure they are locked. I’ve also tried the fries thing…ick!

    BTW, you’ve all received the Lemonade Award!

  14. Why do we . . .

    Keep pushing the call button for an elevator when it’s already been pushed?

    Keep playing baseball after getting hit in the eye twice?

    Get lost in a kiss when we fear it will burn afterward?

    Dream when everything around us screams to wake up?

    Because somewhere between our own flawed humanity and soul lies our need to hope that our fears will be allayed by the outcome we least suspect to be true.

  15. I felt like I had something to say this time ;^)

    Hope things are well for you and your family!

  16. tessa says:

    I tried the fries! LOVE McD’s fries! Thanks, Mssc, I got to get a toaster oven now. Or broil like Nikki said.

    I think we do things over when we know the outcome because we lack confidence in our knowledge, we hold to unrealistic expectations, and do not always accept reality as is. This is the cause of human suffering–denial and unacceptance of the truth.

    J.W.- I like your style. True, true.

  17. Morocco says:

    Yes, all the time! Isn’t that called insanity?!

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