If our task is to cross a river, we cannot cross it without a bridge or a boat. Unless the bridge or boat problem is solved, it is idle to speak of crossing the river. Unless the problem of method is solved, talk ahout the task is useless.
That's a direct quote from Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, but he is not the only one to have a LRB, Herbie has one too. Here it is
It's a book, it's little and it is indeed red and I carry it with me almost everywhere I go. What, I hear you ask, priceless nuggets of wisdom are contained therein ? What gems of dialectical materialism do I write in there to enrich and guide my life?
Well, I'll show you
Shelf sizes, cupboard measurements, brass fitting dimensions, floor plans,
oil filter part numbers, etc.
Proof incontrovertable that I am a four star anorak? Well not really. It's just that when we're out strolling around junk shops or IKEA or browsing through a chandlery we spot stuff that might be good for the boat, but can't be sure it will fit. So now, with the book, we know. Simple as that.
At the end of the week I hope to have a really exciting report to make, but in case it doesn't come off, I'll leave you in suspense. Let's just say it depends on the weather.