How to Terrorize a Waitress
A few days ago I turned 41, yes, I'm now officially "over 40" now, which hurts sometimes, but not as much as a broken bone.
The wife and kids took me out to dinner, my choice, and I asked to go to Joe's Crab Shack. Joe's isn't the worlds best seafood, but not a bad place, and usually kind of fun to eat at. Unlike other restaurants, though, when you tell them it's someone's birthday they don't sing "Happy Birthday" and bring out cake, they try and embarrass the birthday Boy/Girl (man/woman). I knew this, because I'd been there last year for my birthday.
Throughout dinner I was pretty well behaved, just kidding around with the (very young) girl who was our server. The girl seemed genuinely happy when my daughter told her it was my birthday, because then she could embarrass me a little. HA! I got the last laugh.
When she showed up at the table with the broomstick pony and cowboy hat I let her give me the whole explanation of how I was to ride around the restaurant on the pony, and the customers would tell me happy birthday.
She looked shocked when I asked "Is there something else I could do, I rode the pony last year?" She said "You knew about this? And still let them bring you here?" "Let them", I said, "I asked them to bring me here!".
The poor girl looked totally dejected, like I'd ruined her night, as she sulked over to the corner and found me a firemans hat (with siren) and fake hose instead.
Don't worry, she was well compensated for her embarrassment.
My parents took me out last night for dinner, I was nicer to the waitress, only because my Dad was there, and he's enough for them to handle.
It was an interesting dinner, the restaurant, Passport Pointe, in Waukesha, WI, is in a converted bank building. It's actually in the building where I opened my first bank account, 26 years ago. Our table was in the actual bank vault, door on and all, it can't be locked anymore for insurance reasons.
I thought it was kind of cool to eat dinner in the very vault that my first paycheck was placed when I cashed it. The food was also outstanding, with enormous portions, so if you drive through Waukesha, stop in at the place, I highly recommend the Speidini.
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