That’s Right Nate

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Eldery Couple Infringes on Blogger’s Rights

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One dessert like one car should be for one person

Tonight, I took Emily out to Denny’s for dinner.  We’re slowly becoming a family again after our problems over her support of Obama and my recent panic attack on election night.  I had brought a copy of my new dusk jacket wrapped snugly around a copy of a Gerald Ford biography which I know I’d never read.  I had the book resting on the table and when the waitress saw it was my picture she was beyond impressed.

“Oh wow!  That’s you.  Are you an author?” she asked.

“No,” I told her, “I’m a blogger.”

“But still wow are you famous or something?” she asked.

“Well 137,000 people seem to think so,” I joked.

“He just made the cover, not the book,” chimed in Emily.

“Oh, so that’s not his book?” she asked confused.

“No, but does it look like the cover of a book you’d like to buy?” I asked.

“I’ll be right back with those sodas,” she said.

The moral of the story is that children make horrible wing men.  Anyway, the meal continued peacefully.  We certainly had no further interruptions from the waitress.  We had just finished up a pretty tasty dinner.  I had the Country Fried Steak and Emily just had some apple sauce.  I was so proud of her for eating sensibly that I suggested we get some dessert.  I ordered the turtle cheesecake for myself and Emily Ordered the brownie cheesecake.   Everything was going fine and we were having a great conversation about the growth of the Conservative movement out of the 1964 election and how the Republican party will be stronger as a result of their loss in the Fall.

Then the waitress made a turn on the way to the kitchen and asked an elderly couple if they wanted dessert.  Well, the two cheapskates said they’d like the caramel apple crisp, but with two spoons.  It was none of my business so I didn’t say anything, but then they got their dessert before Emily and I got ours.    I called the waitress over and demanded an explanation.  She told me my desert would be right out, but I’m sorry there’s no way that a cheesecake takes more time than an apple crisp.  The couple apologized and I guess I went off on them a bit harsh.  Emily began crying and headed out to the truck so I threw down $40 on the table–well more than our food cost–and ran to catch up with her.  She says that I’m always making a scene, but I finally calmed her down.

Oh yeah, the point is it is bad enough to watch somebody get good service while you’re stuck waiting, but its even worse when you know that they’re freeloading.  That’s why car pool lanes have to go.  With the car industry in trouble it makes no sense for people too cheap to buy their own car to also get to use a faster lane.  If anything cars with multiple passengers should go to a slow lane.  With the car industry at risk, why do we continue to reward people with schemes like this and socialized public transportation when we should be encouraging these people to buy their own cars?


Written by thatsrightnate

December 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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  1. Please, Nate, be careful who you call cheapskates. In the rare occasions my husband and I eat out, IF we order dessert, we always ask for two spoons. We call it frugality.
    I have another doubt: can kids ask for a restraining order against one of their parents?


    December 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

  2. You take socialist transportation too. I rest my case.


    December 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm

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