Don't you just love getting a little something extra? Sure you do. Everybody does. That's why Online marketers throw in 36 bonus ebooks with that little software item they are peddling.
But a little something extra is not always a good thing.
Flash back a few weeks. I was assembling a dresser for my daughter. One by one, I pulled wood panels from box. I pulled out a bag of bits and pieces, which was attached to another, which was attached to another, which was attached to another.
I held up chain of bags to inspect. There were screws and bolts and dowels and nails and an assortment of metal and plastic bits for which no name exists.
I set about banging bits into boards, sliding bits into boards, screwing bits into boards, snapping bits into boards. By time I reached step 439 of instructions, I was finally ready to connect two panels (the bottom and one of sides).
But wait. What's this semi-white plastic half-moon piece? And what about this black plastic tube no more than an inch long? Where do these mystery pieces go?
I reread parts inventory – every chapter of it – in English, French and Spanish. I took a magnifying glass to every page of pictograms. But not a trace of either mystery piece. What should I do? I could not just throw them away. What if I discover next week that I really need them?
That's when I remembered "Spare Parts Gremlins". These devious creatures gleefully toss spare parts in where they will most confuse us.
The Spare Parts Gremlins were there last Christmas when I was picking from a box of chocolates. I wondered what big round one was? I looked at all little drawings, but it just was not there.