Thursday, February 24, 2005

Remembrance of Avocado Lust

Julie reminds me of the days of Avocado Lust.

Caltech has a student-run food joint called the Coffeehouse. At one point in the middle-nineties I was hooked on a milkshake they had called Avocado Lust.(*) It was green, thanks to food coloring, and featured chocolate and maraschino cherries. It was very tasty.

A year or two goes by, undergraduates graduate (while I with true-fix'd and resting quality remain as constant as the Northern Star), and get this:

They lost the recipe! They forgot how to make it!

A cautionary tale for us all. Things that are known can become unknown.

(*) contains no avocado

2 Comments:

At 10:28 AM, February 24, 2005, Blogger Maribeth said...

I believe Terence's entire Ph.D. thesis consisted of trying to properly re-engineer a semiconductor process which was defective because the originating company had lost the recipe.

 
At 6:48 AM, February 27, 2005, Blogger Julie said...

There's always the cautionary tale of the 1986 Domesday Book (as compared to the original Domesday Book, which is still legible after 900+ years!)

 

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