After watching and enjoying Anthony Bourdain’s various shows over the years I decided to finally check out his writing. I was interested to see how his quick wit and wryly critical observations came off in the written word. Turns out I’m not real crazy about his literary style. (thus far anyway, still reading) His frequent overuse of adjectives is a repetitive detour on my road to a fluid read. But hey, he’s having fun while making a decent living and I respect that in any man or woman. And then there are the bits of real wisdom…I’ll cite one example in the “Dishwasher Syndrome” he describes in his book “The Nasty Bits”!
As Bourdain describes it, the dishwasher syndrome reflects the moments many high-profile chefs take “…between spooning foamy sauces over pan-seared scallops and foie gras, or bulling waiters, they sneak over to the dish station and spend a few happy, carefree moments washing dishes.” And he elaborates, “…I have seen owners of multiunit restaurant empires blissfully sweeping the kitchen floor, temporarily enjoying a Zen-like state of calm, of focused, quantifiable toil far from the multitasking and responsibility of management hell.”
I can relate!
If you know me at all you know that my first love is working closely with people on custom projects. I love the challenge of communication, and the challenge of creatively turning what I hear from my clients into something tangible in gold, platinum, silver and precious gems of all sort. And there is a certain pressure in doing that. You might imagine…every job involves a new “boss”, no two jobs are the same and there is usually a deadline! So my “dishwasher syndrome” includes things like doing a few repairs once in a while or just designing something simple and fun!
And speaking of food-related metaphors, I have a few newer designs with the “foodie” or serious cook in mind.
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I sat listening to the breakers of the Pacific from the Fireside Motel in Yachats Oregon, a quart size Mason jar of Couch Select Lager (pronounced Cooch, like the street in Portland) from Burnside Brewing Co. resting, half-consumed by my tablet. Reflecting, I began to think of the whirlwind activity of the last two years. I first noted the Kickstarter project, B9Creator, sometime in late 2012 as a friend of mine who knew of my recently renewed interest in CAD-CAM mentioned it to me in passing. By the second B9Creator Kickstarter of August, 2013, I was fully engaged with the inventor of this technology, Mike Joyce, and soon after became the sole worldwide distributor of his paradigm-busting technology.
I’m proud to say that together, we were able to elevate his fledgling project to the point that there are now options for B9Creations and the company is leaping forward with innovative technology and a new corporate structure. Not wanting to leave my home in Eugene, OR I decided to turn down the position of VP of Sales and Marketing with B9Creations. I remain connected to the B9Creator project and will continue to sell these incredible machines while I return more fully to my first love, designing and manufacturing meaningful jewelry for the most wonderful clients in the world.
Gary Dawson Designs never went completely to sleep but was low-key for a while as I focused on helping Mike J. build his project. Now, with a completely updated website, featuring both “fine” and “fun” jewelry, Gary Dawson Designs is coming out of its peaceful slumber.
We invite you to pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, peruse the new website, offer comments and please think of us for your custom jewelry projects.