Making Sausage

Several posts back, I wrote about wanting to learn how to cook, recalled several mishaps and what I learned, and promised to share my experience with sausage making. Today, most everyone gets their sausage from a food market. But when I was growing up, we made several different kinds of sausage from scratch, and my job was to help carry the finished smoked sausage from the smokehouse. My Grandmother would ooh and aah, my uncles would beam, and somehow I felt shortchanged since I did not do much to deserve the praise. So, at 15 I insisted I get my first lesson. The choice that weekend was pork sausage stuffed with apples and goat cheese, and my job was to chop apples. After several hours, I was not too excited to be part of the sausage team anymore.

Next chore was to chop the pork.  One of my uncles decided that doing all this work by hand was indeed extremely laborious, and he knew a way to speed up the process. He hooked up on of his machines so that it would act as an extra large electric grinder, positioned me in front of the grinder bowl and said “Be sure it is always full of pork.” Finally, some action. So I dutifully filled the grinder (about seven to eight cups of large chunks of pork), he turned the machine on and suddenly ground pork came spewing out of the funnel sticking to every surface available. Before he could cut the power to his mad contraption, there was pork on the ceiling, the windows, the kitchen cabinets, and on all the people in the room. Really funny now, these many years later–not then. It took us several weeks to REALLY clean. PS: The kitchen had to be repainted. Guess there is no fast way to make sausage at home, if you don’t have commercial tools.

The last few weeks at DDA, remind me of that time. Our programmers have been scrambling to get all the websites we are responsible for onto faster, more robust servers. It has been a nightmare. Never mind why. Suffice to say, it isn’t enough to have a good plan, if the other party is not in sync with your plan. We have been very careful about informing all our clients what is needed, the number of emails flying back and forth internally will attest to how much attention is being paid to this endeavor. Still there was one small problem after another.  Finally, and I say this with bated breath, we may be safely ensconed in our new server home, and the cyber dust will settle. Hopefully, there will be no need for additional clean up, like the sausage incident in my Grandmother’s kitchen years ago.

What have I learned? That there is always something new to learn. With technology galloping full speed, we have to stay on our toes. That’s true whether you work in the video department or are a graphic designer, whether you are a content developer or a print production assistant,  or a flash developer, there is no standing still in the DDA creative world.