Dec
04
2010

Not Enough Hours in the Day, Not Enough Room in the Brain

To quote Homer Simpson: “Every time I learn something new it pushes something old out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking class and forgot how to drive?”

After a 5 hour accounting exam and 5 hours more of paper-writing, I was ready for dinner but didn’t want to put in much effort. What on earth is simpler than pasta? It’s the first meal everyone learns to make, and it is the only meal that some (wonderful) gentlemen in my life are capable of cooking.

Tonight I learned that at 27, after saturing my brain with all sorts of fancy new business knowledge, many things are simpler for me than cooking pasta. Here’s a short list:

– Converting a LIFO reserve into FIFO inventory

– Determining the weighted average cost of capital to determine if a capital expenditure would add value

– Calculating consumption adjusted margins to determine what level of trade promotion a manufacturer needs to offer a retailer to incentivize them to set a certain in-store price

All these things I can do better than feeding myself.

I put water in a pot, dumped in some whole wheat rigatoni and set it on the stove to boil. I thawed some ground turkey, put it in a pan with some olive oil, tomatoes, olives and spices and set it on the stove to simmer. I walked out of the kitchen and sat down with my computer to “study for my next exam” (i.e. watch Friday Night Lights via Netflix) while my food cooked. After 5 minutes, I popped my head into the kitchen to check the status of the meat and make sure the pot wasn’t boiling over — all looked well. 10 minutes later it occurred to me that I didn’t smell any simmering meat or hear any popping water, so I went back to the kitchen to investigate.

Had I turned on either burner? Nope. Had my pasta been sitting in a pot of tepid tap water for 15 minutes? Yup. Was my raw meat resting in clumps while a few sprigs of rosemary floated limply on a puddle of olive oil? You betcha.

Apparently, to make room for my MBA, my brain pushed out the most critical part of making pasta or really any hot meal: cook it.

I need a vacation.

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