Upon returning to my hotel the other evening, some 13 hours after I had left it, one of the staff observed that I looked tired. This is one of the things with staying in hotels a lot, the staff see you as a mate and feel free to offer their observations. As I walked to the room I considered this comment and concluded that they were probably correct, I bet I do look tired but then there is a reason for this.
People who spend a lot of time in the sun find it ages their skin and this is the reason that I look old/tired, heat way too much heat. I am not suggesting that the UK coast is particularly hot, far from it; the heat that I generate is internal. Think about your computer processor and the heat that it produces, this is why it needs a heat sink and a fan and why your laptop blows hot air on your legs. The more that you work the processor the more heat it generates which is why the oct core processor in my machine has a heat sink that is nearly big enough to require planning permission.
I know all the jokes about the male ability to multi source but when I actually took the time to think about it I realised that there is so much going on inside my head that my CPU fan must be doing overtime. Allow me to share a glimpse of what I see when I look out. If you imagine a share trading floor then you will have a good base, everything is running continuously in feeds as the processor works on the mundane in the background. Occasionally an exception will arise that requires intervention or I will dip into a feed and review its status but they are all running all of the time.
I work in a high pressure environment where I am continually trying to balance competing and equally unachievable deadlines. So that is one channel always reviewing the last meeting, the next deadline or the content to go into a report. I am, of course, a publican so one channel is reviewing legislative changes, price increases and means to protect margin, let’s say that is channel two. At the moment I don’t have a pub and so channel three is devoted to the challenge of identifying venues. This is a continuous task considering the relative merits of areas, trading styles and venues always looking to increase the pool of opportunities and maximise the chance of success.
Channel four is allocated to the current venue, a constant slide show of current, past and future images. Understanding the practicality of lay outs and evaluating the benefits of change. This channel also looks at the trading style of the current target, whatever that may be, and opportunities to develop it. Channel 5 is dealing with the constantly changing financial position for the current target, slotting new costs in, adjusting cash burn and trying to paint the number black rather than red. There is a sixth channel that is considering the latest network deployment, plumbing or rewire for my mate Andrew and how to achieve this in a weekend.
So when you speak to me don’t be at all surprised when I randomly jot a note down at what you thought was an inconsequential comment. It is unlikely that you triggered the note and far more likely that I have just decided that a log burner could go on the far wall or that I need to include a graph in a report.
On top of all this I have the day-to-day processing, the stuff that gets me to work and back home again. So if you think I look tired don’t worry I am not, this is just normal for me. I have a processor and I intend to use it to its full capacity, what you see is simply the result of my cooling fan struggling to keep up.