Posted by: Peter Scott | October 16, 2005

It’s a boy-thing, girl-thing (another non-Oracle post)

Every so often we decide there is more to our weekends than pushing a trolley (shopping cart) around the local supermarket. It is about that time we dabble in Internet grocery ordering / home delivery. In addition to saving a journey to the supermarket, the discipline of a rigidly enforced shopping list is an enormous plus to aisle-browsers such as us – when I shop I pick up DVDs, CDs and electrical gizmos – my wife picks up chocolate… just look at the money we save by buying what we really require rather than think we need. The downside to this utopia is that it is short-lived. Late (or even missed) deliveries, missing items and inappropriate item substitutions soon convince us to go back to our old ways of going to the supermarket.
One of the recent substitutions that my wife refused to accept was blue toilet tissue instead of our usual choice of honey coloured; same brand, same size, but different colour. Talking about home shopping to guys in our retail applications group (they sit at the same end of the building to me – the DBAs don't like me getting to close to them) said this substitution was a gender thing. The supermarket order picker was probably male and to him function is more important than form. All the guys on that team said to them colour did not matter, but it did to their wives! Was this another insight into gender – in much the way of 'Why men don't Iron' – No, I'm not too sure – my wife could not be choosing the colour to match the bathroom – two of our four bathrooms are blue!


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