What will you keep from the pandemic? — I thought about that question and for sure take-out. It’s cheaper because you don’t order drinks and it’s quieter at home. You also can take your time. No one is waiting for your table. The only thing I miss is dining with friends. I guess we could do take-out at someone’s house.
There is an art to it – This past week we decided to go to a restaurant we (usually) like before there are any new restrictions. The food is good but it’s popular for families so going at a quiet time is a challenge. We went early. It wasn’t early enough although we didn’t have a wait. Just too many people. So loud and noisy. We ordered our usual but it came to the table all scrambled. Our pre-dinner cocktail came after the bread and the salad and seconds before our entrée. We mentioned (nicely) to our waiter that we’d prefer the drink before the meal. He said he had no control. The bartenders do the drinks so that was that. His manner was so nonchalant as if it didn’t matter. It does matter. Even an inexpensive dinner, which it wasn’t, should be a relaxing peaceful experience. I shouldn’t have to worry whether the bartender is in sync with my waiter.
So that was that – We had a bad experience doing take-out at this restaurant which is why we decided to eat inside. So…if eating inside isn’t a great experience and take-out isn’t either, it doesn’t matter how good the food is, does it?
A revisit with the gorilla man – If you remember gorilla man was a regular Starbucks patron who wore a gorilla face mask. I bumped into him yesterday. I told him to dust off his mask as Starbucks is going back to them. He said he still has it but sure hoped we didn’t have to resort to that again. It’s the first time I had a conversation of any depth with him (remember this is Starbucks at pre-coffee for me so my social level is at an all-time low). He talked about teaching but I couldn’t connect teaching with affording a Mercedes convertible. Maybe he won the lottery along the way. I’m going to check what cars my teacher friends are driving!
The snugglebugs – This morning I woke up to four cats on the bed. This is unusual. Gracie rarely sleeps on the bed at any time. She has her favorite spots and they don’t include nestled in my knees. She was there for most of the night but the other three hopped on when it seemed, from their perspective, that I should be getting up to give them breakfast (which is always an hour earlier than it really happens). Anyhow that made my day.
I hope something makes your day and how was your week?