The redoubtable Adelaide Writer has compiled a list of things in her life that have not lived up to their promise.
As a connoisseur of lists I thought this was a ripper idea until I sat down to think about it. But when things in my life do not live up to their promise, I automatically assume it's my own fault. Examples:
* If I had worked out how to avoid mysteriously irritating another member of the house party every time I opened my mouth, that week in the villa in Tuscany in 1993 would have been what it should have been.
* If I'd chosen more wisely I would have a much less negative attitude to marriage. (The Family Law Act, on the other hand, not only lived up to but surpassed its promise.)
* If I understood my iPod better I could do lots more things with it, more often. (RTFM, RTFM, RTFM.)
* I'm sure the CSIRO diet would work if only I could stay on it.
* Nobody has yet invented a self-weeding herb garden.