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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