Lots of people love quotes. I see them in your status updates and on the signature lines of your emails. I guess I am impressed that you are a big fan of Hemingway and Voltaire, or that you got one of those quote a day calendars for Christmas. I like quotes too, it’s just that putting a quote at the bottom of my email and crediting it to “Billy Madison” is not quite as professional. I am not saying that I am not well read, but my favorite thing about Dr. Seuss movies is that I can finally be one of those people who say “It wasn’t as good as the book.” One of my favorite quotes is from a movie called Road Trip. There are several great lines but the gem is this: “It’s supposed to be a challenge, it’s a shortcut! If it were easy it would just be the way.”
Man, I love shortcuts. Getting off the beaten path and having a bit of an adventure, all in the name of saving 5 minutes. I like making my gps have a seizure, and sometimes it has been a while since I have seen my wife’s eyes roll. Taking an unannounced shortcut is sure to do both. In a world that is so digitized and matter of fact, short cuts are one of the few treasure hunt type adventures that we can still relish in. Is there really any greater brag as a man than to make great time because you took a shortcut?
It is true that they don’t always pan out. I questioned my own sense of adventure (and direction) earlier this month as I lead my in-laws following in the car behind me on a short cut that ended up adding 20 minutes of drive time and included driving through a deluge of blinding rain on empty praying to find a gas station in a sea of farmland.
You have to be willing to work through the occasional setback, but finding a great shortcut and going on an adventure is totally sweet.
I have cleaned instant oatmeal out of a microwave at least a half-dozen times. For some reason when you create an oatmeal volcano in the microwave at work, you can’t just leave it like you would do at home. It isn’t because I can’t read or follow simple instructions but I like my instant oatmeal a little less al dente than the instructions call for. Working with unfamiliar equipment that potentially includes industrial strength wattage (or whatever cooks stuff in a microwave), can lead to inconsistent results.
I get that the microwave is a huge time saver and everything but is anyone else out there a little intimidated? I mean that thing has like 25 buttons on it. There are a lot of numbers and levels but if I have anything that needs to cook longer than popcorn, I just hit the popcorn button and then the plus 30 seconds button over and over until I get to the desired time.
Speaking of, I made a frozen dinner not too long ago that told me I had to cook it for 6 minutes on medium, remove film, stir, and then put back in for another 4 minutes. Listen, if I knew you were going to expect me to be Wolfgang Puck, I would have just made Swedish meatballs from scratch. Also, I looked and have no idea how to cook on “medium” maybe that is just popcorn minus 30 seconds or something.
In case you were ever wondering, if someone in your office cooks fish in the microwave, you have to pop 3 bags of popcorn and throw it away just to get rid of the funk. I am grateful for technology and that I don’t have to stab a stick through it to cook my hot pocket over an open flame but microwave fails are totally weak.
*If you read my last post you might be thinking ‘this guy writes about popcorn a lot”
(There isn’t really any joke there, I am just saying you might be thinking that.)