As in the classic “chicken or the egg” causality dilemma, I often wonder whether I simply notice delicious irony, or if I create the situations that give rise to my bemused delight.
I have no recourse but to own up to some of it. For instance, several years ago, I purchased a modem recommended by my internet provider to eliminate recurring monthly fees. For some time, all was well, but perhaps two years ago, my provider was acquired by another company. The incoming firm offered new hardware at no cost, but it came with other restrictions I wanted to avoid. Instead, I opted to remain on my legacy plan and equipment.