I’m doing a survey of Nerd Eating habits for a project I’m working on. If you’re interested in filling out a short questionair or know someone who would be shoot me an email at DirgeMaster@yahoo.com. I’m not going to include any names, just using raw data for some statistics.
2011 was a pretty great year. I did a lot of stuff, and I gained a lot of XP. I leveled up you may say. But life is just not like the games we play. Life is more like a good meal.
In the game you level, and you just keep going. There is no looking back. When my fighter hits level 5 I don’t about what he did at level 1. I don’t think about how we defeated that giant spider that was CR 3 and the healer was down. None of us go back to those early points.
But a good meal, a good meal can go wrong if you don’t do it right. everything has consequences to it in a good meal. But more than that its what happens after the meal. If you eat to fast you feel pain and regret rushing through it. You wish you had gone slower and savored it a little more. But then you get the flip side. If you go to slow you fill up faster. You savor every bite but you often don’t finish, and when you don’t finish you regret not going through the whole thing.
Its a fine line to walk. To go fast enough to finish the meal but slow enough to savor it all. Or at least it seems that way.
Th real issue is getting used to the idea of not winning. As nerds this is a huge issue. We are, by nature, more competitive than the average person. We want to always win, to always finish the race. We have a need to do it and get it perfect. Game markets know this, the rest of the world knows this, but we don’t.
Think about it. You get that new game for your shiny new xbox. You finish it, but miss one achievement. What do you feel? We all already know that it’s a sense of regret, of failure. You got it almost right, but that almost haunts you.
That’s the problem. We need to break that line of thinking. It effects just about everything we do as people. But it gets back to the whole reason this blog was started. We as nerds just are not eating right. We want to have the biggest plate, because we need to prove we can take on a bigger challenge. We finish the meal, often passing the point of being full, but we keep going because we need to prove we can beat it.
So we need to change, which is what we all need to do in some form or another. But thats the challenge, thats what we need to do. The question is can we live up to the challenge?
If we where to look at a list of things that nerds commonly suck at eating right is usually in the top two. Interacting with the opposite sex is sitting right there with it. So today, I’m going to talk about cooking and dating, cause the two should go far more hand in hand than one seems.
I’ve covered a lot on cooking for ones self so far. The health and financial benefits are great. Its cheaper and the things your buying are generally better for you. If you’re eating a Fast food hamburger you’re scarfing down the entire days worth of calories in one meal. If you cook that burger at home you get the same sustenance for much less the cost, much better of a flavor, and its going to tax your daily allotment of Calories less.
Cooking at home really is just cheaper. The average hamburger patty at a fast food joint is less than 4 oz. Lets say your going to get something beefy and go with that super value meal. So you have your slim burger, fries and a coke. after taxes and whatnot, if your getting a burger that’s not going to make you feel like you need to eat in 30 minutes, you’re going to spend between 6-8 dollars on it. I can go down to the supermarket and get a sack of potatoes, three pounds meat and an 8 pack of buns for under 15 bucks. Assuming i have oil at my house like any decent bachelor does, I just made a simple burger with fries for a week with what would have fed me for a day and a half maybe at the fast food joint.
So why does all this math mean anything to dating? It’s all the same principles. I made a meal for a dinner this last week for a special occasion. I out together a variation of Poulet Roti au Beurre. Sounds fancy right? If you invited a girl over and told her you where making that she would be impressed too (assuming you pronounced it in accurate french puh-wall-ay Ro-ti ow Burr). Instead of one chicken I did two game hens. I roasted them on a bed of potatoes carrots and red onion, just kept adding butter as it needed it and when its done, you have wonderfully roasted chicken and vegetables. The cost of such a meal? Between 12 - 15 bucks. How much would it cost to get this kind of meal in a restaurant? If the place is going to put Poulet Roti au Buerre on the menu and you’re eating there you are making far, far more money than any nerd I know. Lets just assume your tab is going to sit around 100$ by the time you finish wine, hour d’oeuvres and desert.
But the amazing thing with this kind of frugal dating mindset is that it doesn’t make you look cheep, it makes you look better. In our world, and really in our age demographic cooking is looked at as a more wealthy and refined art. The invention of microwaved dinners killed the home cooked meal, but an added bonus to that is that when someone takes the time to make something by hand it makes them look like an artisan.
So my fellow nerds, if you for some grand reason find yourselves to be lucky enough to be on a date offer to make he meal yourself. You save money, look good, and if you do it right you just may wind up with a second date too.