Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Change: It Isn't Just for Underwear.


So I'm sitting at the old computer trying to figure out my current tax alternatives.  I have two viable yet differing options:  1) Practice my waltz for the federal prison prom or (2) cross the border to Mexico and open my own Uber business in Guadalajara called......Uber.  Looked it up, and yeah it's the same in Mexico as it is here.  Who knew?  Both options would require me to make a significant change in my life.  A life of learning how to make a shank and jailhouse hooch, or a life of learning more than 6 words in Spanish despite two years of it in high school and two semesters in college.  Neither is appealing, so I guess I better get busy livin'.  Anyway, this brings me to today's topic:  Change.  Two things I always say at least a million times a day:  1)  Don't exaggerate and (2) Change is inevitable but growth is optional.  Change is important but how does one know when one must make that change.  Sure, there are the easy ones like, "There is something warm and squishy in my shorts that wasn't there before a particularly violent sneeze.  Might ought to change my shorts" and the always tried-and-true, "My wife is mad at me.  I think I'll take back the matching pot and pan set I got her for our anniversary and get something a bit more jewelry oriented."  Easy right?  Sometimes it isn't so cut and dried.  Take competition BBQ and making changes midstream.  Any decent, or in my case mediocre at best, BBQ aficionado will tell you that consistency is the key.  I agree, but I also pose the following question, "Can and when is being too much a slave to consistency a bad thing?"   Think about it for a second, if you are consistent day-in and day-out in each and every competition and maybe your scores are OK with some decent placements, but because you are so tied to your style you never really make any advances.  So when do you decide to pull the trigger and change things up?  Here's a bit of free advice, I wouldn't do it in the middle of a competition.  Sure, you might get lucky and hit it out of the park, but the chances are more likely you will screw the proverbial pooch, and to be honest, no one really likes a pooch screwer.   Don't be a pooch screwer.  I do, however, recommend you apply the scientific method to any changes.  Things do evolve, and this definitely applies to the taste buds of judges.  There are always new techniques, new flavors, and new implements to alter the flavors of the BBQ you prepare, so you too must evolve.  Look what happened to the dinosaurs and the wishbone offense.  You evolve or die.  By judicious application of the scientific method, you have a control and an experiment.  The control is the way you have always done it compared to the experiment that has one element change.  You compare and move forward taking copious notes along the way.  By adding some double-blind taste testing, you can see if the changes are worth pursuing.  Kind of like life.  You get an opportunity to do something new and you have to decide the following, "Am I happy where I am with things, or do I apply a change and see what happens?"  Apply some prayer and the sound counsel of trusted friends and family, and you can at least have some good information with which to make a decision.  BBQ and life share a lot:  Both are only as good as you are willing to make it.  Anyway, y'all take care and Riley says, "Hello."       

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