Tag Archive | dining

It’s always wise to have a backup plan

During the summer before I started college, I worked as a laborer for a lawn-cutting service. There were five guys on the crew — including me — and my boss was a guy named Crew Leader Carl. He had hair down to his shoulders and always had a cigarette sticking out the side of his […]

Please don’t set me up with one of your psychopath friends

When taking a date to a Mexican restaurant, I tend to establish dominance right away. So when the server brings the chips and salsa, I’ll quickly drag them to my side of the table. My date will laugh and reach for the chips … so I’ll fend her off by tucking the chip basket under […]

A heated exchange with a surly waitress

The waitress approached my table and asked what I’d like to order. I told her the spaghetti-and-meatballs platter with a side order of rice and beans. She raised an eyebrow. “We don’t have any of that on the menu.” “Right,” I said. “But that’s what I want to order.” “You can’t order it if it’s […]