The manwich hunt

So the other day my wife and I were returning home from a friend’s house.  It was about 5:30pm so we were getting hungry.  Because we are going away next week, we haven’t really been doing a good job of keeping the fridge stocked up.  As we drove past the grocery store we had a crazy idea.  Lets have a manwich!

Neither of us has ever had a manwich before.  I have had sloppy joe’s as a kid but I don’t think they were ever manwich brand.  It was very exciting! (Yeah.  This is where I find entertainment.)  So our first order of business is to track down the buns.  I feel that the bread is the most important part of any sandwich so we needed to choose correctly.  We settled on Safeway’s cheese buns.  This was a good choice.  Our next item was the can of manwich sauce.  We snuck over to the canned goods isle.  It was like we were under aged kids sneaking into the liquor store to by booze.  We felt a little dirty and ashamed for seeking the meaty marvel.  It actually took us about 3 passes of the section to find the stuff.  At one point Tamara turned to me and said ‘I really don’t want to have to ask anyone for it.  It just seems wrong.’  We did locate the can, on the bottom shelf, tucked away from easy viewing.  It seemed to be stored like the entrance to a seedy bar.  A place were people who frequent those types of establishment (or dinners in our case) would know where to look but those of us who are unfamiliar with that society would have a hard time finding.  After procuring the can we dashed to the meat isle and ran for the checkout.  As we were waiting in line I thought to myself ‘I could go for a Starbucks.’  This was replaced by ‘You can’t go to Starbucks with that can in your hand!  It is unnatural’  The whole process seemed very funny to me.  You feel odd because when you have a can of manwich in your hand, everyone knows you are going to take that can of whatever it is and pour it all over meat.  You are then going to eat that meat on a bun.  There is nothing more.  Just meat on a bun.  I guess it is like buying condoms.  There really isn’t any other purpose for the product and in both cases what is done with the product is better done at home without any one else watching.

We did eat it with a side of Greek salad.  We needed something else.  I just couldn’t do it on its own and the peppers were starting to wilt.  It made for a fun dinner finding experience.  Please post about your guilty food pleasures.  What greasy, heavy foods do you just have to chase down once and a while?  

The simple matter of testing

So the organization I work for is moving data centers.  The role I play is I need to test the application I support once the move is made to make sure no pieces are left behind.  Here is the fun part.  Just to log into the system I have to follow these steps:

I am testing from home (because the move is happening at midnight) so I need to go to a website and log into a remote software.  I then have to identify my work computer.  Once I get to my work computer I have to log into it.  Then I have to open my email, find a link to another website.  That site links me to a virtual machine emulator running on a server in the data center.  I have to log into that virtual machine.  This creates a virtual computer.  That means it doesn’t physically exists, it just appears to exist.  I then have to LOG IN to the virtual computer using a testing user name and password.  Once I have done that I still have to log into the application I support before I can even start my testing.

So to sum up, I turn on a computer, go to a site, log onto that site, go to another computer, log onto that computer, go to another website (on the second computer) log into that site, log onto a fake computer (using a different set of credentials) and finally log into my application to start testing.

The funny thing is that this all makes perfect sense to me.  As I was going through this process in my head it all clicked but when I stepped back and had a look at the whole mess it made me laugh.  I hope it makes you laugh too.  Post comments about things you do daily that are simple for you but might seem crazy to others.