BDL - I very much like your responses to my postings. I find them very informative, and also just plain interesting to read.
As you have surmised, I like to tear apart a process into pieces, make sure I understand the pieces, and then put it back together again. I often do this whether I am trying to teach my son to hit a baseball or whether I am trying to figure out some process at work. (I probably shouldn't give this away - it will give too many people ammunition - but I worked for a decade as an accountant and now am working as computer tech support.)
Another slightly (or maybe more than slightly) embarrassing thing - I'm not too young (I'm 50) and I don't know how to cook. As far as the creative process is concerned, I am greatly looking forward to when I can be creative. Right now I am trying to just develop basic kitchen skills as a backdrop so that I can be creative at some point. Right now I feel like I'm just sort of floundering (no pun intended) in a lot of what I am doing. Some things may work out, some may not, and I won't necessarily know why.
I never really had taken cooking seriously until recently. I had often seen it as a sort of tedious kind of housekeeping - you spend hours making something that everyone wolfs down in 10 minutes. It seemed like a sort of thankless task.
But now I have a new viewpoint on it. The trigger was my son being diagnosed with a digestive ailment. We have been seeing a conventional doctor - a GI - but also are consulting with an alternative nutritionist, who feels that a very restrictive diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet will help him. Problem is, I have to know how to cook.
So I've had this very practical, medical reason for wanting to learn how to cook.
However, as I've been trying to learn, I'm finding I like it very much. I don't even try to rush it; I like the process and, as soon as I can do it better, I know I'll like it much more.
And I see that food is an extremely importnat thing - this is what we put in our bodies, and the nutritionist is convincing me of the overwhelming importance of it on all health aspects. I've eaten out of a can and ordered take-out too much. Again, our nutritionist has convinced me that good food (good meaning healthy, not solely tasty) takes a lot of effort and that is how I'm approaching it.
Sorry for this long-winded post but, since you seem to have identified a significant trait of mine, I thought I would give you some background on me.
I am thankful for all the help that I have recieved on this bulletin board. I frequently feel a little uncomfortable with my questions because I feel they are way below the level of the other people on this bulletin board but, from having looked at other cooking bulletin boards, I kind of like the flavor :) of this one.