"Standardization is excellent, per se. When I buy an Ingersoll watch or a Ford, I get a better tool for less money, and I know precisely what I'm getting, and that leaves me more time and energy to be individual in."- Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis - chapter seven, from the end of the fourth section
It's odd; it's a mellow little book, happy drippy rambling-along kind of narrative voice, and every now and then the knife just slips in and... not twists, exactly. Pricks a tender spot. Up at Project Gutenberg here.
Also: five months today. And I am eating sweet cold (temperature) hot (spicy) curry, and life is good.