Today, Shu wanted to make iced tea. She needed somewhere for it to steep. We don’t have a pitcher, so she had to find a substitute.
Her approach for finding a substitute is different than mine, which is why I’m writing about it. The thing she used would never have occurred to me because, apparently, we use a different search terms. Shu went for the object that looks the most like a pitcher; the blender. She assembled the whole thing, blade and all, and stuck a couple tea bags, hot water, and what looks like one and a half lemon’s worth of slices in there.
When voiced my opinion on how ridiculous I thought her substitute was, she pointed out that we didn’t have anything with as much liquid volume capacity as the blender did. I pointed to a Tupperware storage container that was sitting on the counter and which could probably match the blender’s capacity.
Our blender’s pretty small.
She scoffed, and claimed that my solution was counter-intuitive. She wanted a pitcher, so obviously the best solution was that which is most pitcher-like.
When looking for a substitute, I tend to search for something which has a similar purpose. Blenders, in my mind, are not for storage or steeping tea. They are something you use for a few minutes, clean up, and put away. That’s why I’d go for the Tupperware; its purpose is storage, so if I wanted to make a whole bunch of tea and drink some of it later, that’s what I’d reach for.
I think it’s interesting that our solutions were so different, and neither of us could fathom the logic of the other.