Five things.

1) WWE.com is playing with this “Roman went too far” shit. They talking about stripping him of his Summerslam match.

2) Peter said last night on RAWTalk that it was just too dangerous to have Braun and Roman be in the ring with each other, much less have them in the same arena. Hopefully that signals some kind of break in this feud.

3) It’s gonna be interesting to see which Roman we get tonight. If he’s calm and feels justified that he got his revenge, no matter how brutal, or he snaps when they start talking about taking away his title match.

4) Also, Brock is gonna be there. His next title defense is sure to come up. I wonder who against..

5) I wonder if Cena is gonna be there. He did mention Roman’s name last week.

I once worked with a chef who used to say “why would I plan something today when I’m going to wake up tomorrow with a different idea?”  It’s a notion that might not work for everyone but I think most of us would agree that over-planning can sometimes kill creativity.  

Last week on #rawtalks, we asked participating chefs to share their thoughts on planning and creation. The one keyword that kept popping up was ‘flexibility.’  Certainly, planning is important, even necessary, for success but flexibility means being able to embrace change.  Ingredients change, ideas change, people change, and our creative edge is often at it’s best when we find ourselves in that ‘grey area’ that was never part of the original plan.  Try and operate without any plan whatsoever and you will experience that grey area giving way to something that can either run itself completely off the rails, or, in some cases, transpire into total brilliance.  Either way, it’s risky.  And while some of our finest creations may be spawned in moments of sheer panic and total chaos, it shouldn’t always have to be that way.  A lot can be said for a paradigm shift in favour of guidelines and having the kind of plan that can recalibrate ‘on the fly.’  A built-in contingency, if you will.  Always have a contingency.

While last week’s #rawtalks focused on planning and creation, the conversation took a quick tangent in deciphering what it is that differentiates planning from preparation.  It’s easy to see how the two words, in some contexts, could be interchangeable, but when we look closer it becomes evident that ‘having a plan’ and ‘being prepared’ are two totally different things.  Planning is more of a projection whereas preparation is a direct measure of readiness.  

It can be said that ‘by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail,’ and it’s true.  Without a doubt, cooks live and die by the list.  General to-do lists, ordering lists, prep lists – you might say that clipboards, scrap paper, and sharpies are high on the ‘essential tools’ list in any organized kitchen.  And while these lists facilitate a smooth day-to-day operation it can also be argued that this is more about preparation than it is about planning.  Or rather, that the plan is to simply be prepared and then when the curve-balls present themselves in the throes of service a cook has to switch into intuitive response mode and therein lies the channel of creativity.

Now that that’s settled, we are ‘prepared’ to talk about ‘planning’ and how it coincides with our creativity.