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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Teachable Moment

T and I ate at Abuelo's for the first time last night. Actually, she'd already had dinner, so she just munched on some chips and salsa while I ate. They might have the best Mexican restaurant tortilla chips ever: light and crispy, every one of them. The salsa was decent and the queso was good, too.

I think our waitress was peeved that T didn't order dinner and I only wanted a salad. I wasn't being cheap, it was just what sounded good to me. I also ordered a glass of wine, partly because I wanted it and partly because I thought it might appease the waitress a bit. We sat and read (T was reading a book, and I was reading an Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter) and ate chips. And ate chips. And ate chips - until they were gone. Our waitress remained absent for quite some time - no chips, no wine, no salad. At length, she plopped a bowl of chips down on her way by the table.

When my salad finally came, she set it in front of me and began to walk away. "Could I have that Pinot grigio please?" "Oh," she answered, "I put it in...it's just that I had to run plates; they asked me to run 6 plates." Lady, stop yourself. I've been sitting here forever and I could see you the whole time - you weren't busy and you'd forgotten all about my drink.

When she brought the check, I noticed that she'd omitted T's Diet Coke. When she came by to collect payment, I pointed her error out to her. She thanked me and when she brought the receipt back for my signature, she thanked me again, pointing out that it was "sweet" of me to notify her of her error. It wasn't sweet, it was just honest. I'm hoping T picked up on the subtle lesson. And though I still owe Wal-Mart for my previous inadvertent indiscretion, I'm hoping last night's little episode illustrates to T that I generally walk the straight and narrow.


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