Strange men at GameStop and Keyboredom.

I set this post up quite awhile ago as a draft… apparently I never got around to writing about what I wanted to a few weeks ago, which was my interesting experience in GameStop. I was standing in line waiting to buy the Platinum Edition of Guild Wars and I was behind two semi-old guys (over 40) who happened to be rambling on about online RPG’s. The guy on the left was about 6’5″, heavyset, and he reminded me of the character in the movies who’s sitting at the computer in the dark with a Mountain Dew  and he’s trying to hack into the Federal Government terminal. The guy on the right was a little bit shorter, but he looked like something that came up from the Underworld – sketchy, long green rain jacket, wild grayish hair… and he reeked of cigarettes and a noticeable lack of proper hygienic care. For some reason he kept bragging about his level 35 paladin… and the fat guy said something about kids being “kleptomaniacs” or whatever. I had a blast of a time laughing to myself… it was amazing how much self control was needed to keep from interjecting into the conversation to say something about my level 43 warrior, just to be a smart ass. Hell, I didn’t even know which game they were talking about… but all RPG’s have a warrior class, so it’d be legit.

Anyway, that’s my GameStop story from a few weeks ago. In other funny news, I was extremely bored today and I decided to take all the keys off my keyboard to clean it.Arrows

Keyboard

Note the “ROFL” and “UP”. Yep, rofl up!

F and J had to be in the same spot… but I had no idea that X found its way home. No idea if I’ll change it… probably not.

Anyway, g’night.

Is it the chef that makes the food good, or is it the ingredients?

The inspiration for such a question came from my grandmother while I was eating lunch this afternoon. I was sitting at the counter eating one of those Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese things, and she mentioned something about how everyone says she “makes the best macaroni and cheese in the world.”  I plead no contest, of course… but it left me to wonder.  Here’s how my train of thought went on over the next two minutes –

  • “In the world”?  Hmm…. she hasn’t even been in a contest for the county fair… I’m not sure about worldly acclaim.
  • Ingredients.  Everyone can use the same ingredients.
  • If there was a food tasting competition specifically for macaroni and cheese… and everyone used the same ingredients… would it taste the same?
  • What if it didn’t?

No, I’m not crazy.  I just happen to think a lot when I’m eating.  You know… the kind of deep thoughts that no one but the thinker could possibly give a damn about.

Anyway, the concept bothered me.  It still does.  Doesn’t it make sense that if everyone does the same thing (or uses the same ingredients), then it should come out exactly the same?  Could I be missing something?  Is there some sort of magical chef dust that makes everything taste “just right”?  I know the concept of The Secret Ingredient, but in my opinion it’s cheating.  If you’re claiming that your macaroni and cheese is the best in the world and you use a teaspoon of Mrs. Dash or whatever, it doesn’t count.  No sir, that’s an unfair advantage.

Ho-hum… such a strange concept.  But one I can’t dwell on any longer.