Earlier this week, I got nostalgic and went back to school. Fortunately it wasn't a full degree, or even a full semester. It was 3 days in a classroom setting, however, covering about 9 chapters of food-related knowledge, and 9 subsequent exams! I have been certified by an FDA-approved Better Process Control School at MSU. The speakers there were great, and all industry EXPERTS. They all really knew their stuff, and it was A LOT of information to take in.
The good news is... I passed, with surprisingly flying colors. I had to get 70% or above on every exam, and my lowest was 80%, the rest were 90% and above. I was never a good test-taker as a kid. I got by on doing my homework and showing up for class. Studying was never quite my thing.
I remember staying up some nights in high school cramming, or doing a last-minute project, and brewing a pot of coffee. Unfortunately, I am pretty much immune to caffeine; always have been. It's true. Of all the times that I drank coffee, gas station cappuccino, or energy drinks, I always remained tired. Even when - and especially when - I was touring, and doing a lot of long night drives to get to the next town.
This was an important step in the growth of our business - like most steps these days are. Now we are eligible to be licensed by the state. If one of us didn't get the certification, they wouldn't even talk to us about being inspected.
Special thanks to Dr. Dolan, Starr Portice from the Process Authority, and the rest of the crew running the show - for feeding us, and giving us almost instant test results. It was a well-oiled machine.
I even got a little nostalgic about another part of college, and went to the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing the first night. That place hasn't changed much in the last 12-13 years, BUT it was bittersweet: They no longer allow customers to throw their peanut shells on the floor. It's just not the same. If anyone wants another recommendation, go to Taste of Thai on Grand River, and order the Kee Mao. You're welcome.