my original snappy comeback post was intended a retorts for a very special subset of customers mentioned by a previous poster....
the snobby doyen dilettantes who fancy themselves ever so "cultured" and get all snooty about things having to be ever so "original" (somehow the image of Eulalie McKecknie Shinn and the Pic-a-Little Ladies from The Music Man and Margaret Dumont of Marx Brothers movie fame when I envision these people)
I love it when you watch a cooking show that show how the famous chef _____ cooks. Hmmm....I sure see a lot of prepackaged ingredients going into those dishes. Granted, they may buy all fresh, organic, local grown produce and I have to settle for what WalMart has which might (is) days old and a bit past it's peak. It's still edible either way and more affordable to me the WalMart (tho' I prefer Aldi) way.
Originally Posted by jkalman
I love you Doug, but your whole schpeal was totally off point. It's not about asking the artist if they grind their own pigments to make paints.. but asking if they used a paint by number picture or a blank canvas to create their art. Or asking the builder if they built a house using a pre-fab pattern where they just put side A next to side B and attach them you have a house or if they took actual plans and built a home piece by piece from the foundation up. Both can be beautiful.. but not the same. One option has a lot of the work done for you and the other takes more patience. Which is better??
one of my dreams is to own a big ol' timber framed home.
now, do I have it stick built or do I buy it prefab?
con$idering the dollar$ involved in $tick built, thank$, but I'll go prefab.
and interestingly, prefab homes are often BETTER built than stick built for reasons too numerous to discuss here.
possibly a better response would be when asked if scratch or mix:
Why do you ask?
then respond accordingly.
I flat out tell clients before we even get that far that I do not and will not accommodate any "special needs"
given that so many of the products we use beyond a possible cake mix can themselves contain allergens, preservatives or things that individuals might be sensitive to, it becomes almost a moot point to hassle over mix vs. scratch.
rather, we need to get the customer to focus on the end product. The taste and the quality of decoration.