Here’s the story to how the infamous “Edsai” and banana bread thing came to be. Back in April, Vaughn Stewart of Netapp posted a blog entry about “blogging with integrity” that went right after Chad Sakac. It created a bit of tension that frustrated a lot of people. Instead of going negative I asked myself what would diffuse the tension. I get this kick-ass toffee banana bread delivered weekly from FarmFreshDelivery.com that tastes so good when you warm it up and have it with a glass of milk. I tweeted “@vStewed have some banana bread. and some milk. it shortens the lengthy blog posts. for me it does anyway.” I decided I’d ship some out to Vaughn and anyone else who wanted some.
I received a number of replies and ended up shipping about 12 loaves across the country. Actually, my wife did and I’m indebted to her for it as she’s done it on another two occasions. I know I accomplished my goal because a number of people messaged me and told me they appreciated me breaking the tension. Now I just do it because people love the banana bread.
I thought I’d give the back story because references to “Banana Bread” have found their way into EMC team training presentations, rap videos and other crazy places.