Y'know, I'll bet I could unstop that drain myself. I mean, it's a stopped drain, for cryin' out loud. Why pay a plumber? Any idiot can unstop a drain.

I'll just get the plunger. There we go. Up. Down. Up. Down. A little suction and … Hey … nothing's coming out. What's the deal? Maybe I need to take a wrench to it.

How do you turn the water off?

Oh, yeah. This faucet deal here. All right. Water turned off. Let me go get the wrench.

You know what? I should call my sister. She phoned a few days ago and
I haven't called her back yet. I'll just talk to her while I work on this drain.

"Hey, it's me. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. How's everything going?"

Where is that wrench? I know it's in this tool-box somewhere.

"What's that? I'm sorry, I was looking for something.

"Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Uh-huh."

Where IS that thing?

"He what? I didn't quite hear you."

Oh, good, here it is. Now, I'll just undo the drain here.

"Me? Oh, not much. Doing a column."

Man, this thing is tight.

"On what? It's about some university researchers who found that doing more than … Oh no!

"The drain just broke. I'll call ya back."

Do one thing at a time, every mother says. Now, granted, not every mother knows what she is talking about.

But researchers at two universities recently determined that in this instance every mother is right. Multi-tasking, they found, reduces quality and efficiency.

To those findings, I say - and please forgive the academic jargon here - Duh!

In our hearts, how many of us didn't already know that multi-tasking is to work what the emperor's new clothes were to fashion? But somehow we believed that it was the new way of thinking and that