Like other family members at our holiday gathering, I received a large box of See's candy for Christmas. As long as I can remember, I've dipped into assortments by trying to eat the ones I believe I'll like least first, saving the most promising for the end. Sometimes I guessed wrong, but the impulse to go from worst to best was a constant. This time, though, I did the exact opposite, seeking to begin with the best. In the allegory that is my life, the decision seems momentous. The next thing you know I'll be insisting that the Cal Bears are going to make their free throws.