Mark and Dick were both having oatmeal for breakfast, but there were two pots on the stove. I asked them how their preparations were different.
Mark: I don't like all that extra crap in my oatmeal. I like it straight, 2:1 water to oatmeal, boil the water first then add the oatmeal, turn it to low, set the timer for 6-7 minutes, stir occasionally. Remember to set the timer.
Dick: Mark is an older man with a poorer memory that's why he needs to keep things simple. I put all the water, oats, banana and dried fruit together, cover and top with the teapot, bring to a boil, turn off the heat and go have a cup of coffee, come back later, add milk, reheat and eat.