You Can’t Live in Peace when Your Bad Neighbor Doesn’t Let You
…was something my late Mom often said. And yes, she was so right about this. But let me start today’s story at the beginning. Flash back to March this year. It was a humid cold windy day, quite unusual for March in the Interior. March is our driest month on average.
Given the chilly weather, my husband and I had decided to go to a Mexican restaurant for date night on Friday after work. There are plenty in town. When we arrived, it had started snowing. Big wet snowflakes of the size of a quarter were falling and blown by the wind. They were very sticky and we entered the place with snow covered clothes like everyone else. The restaurant was pretty full. In cold weather, a restaurant or roadhouse is like Marrakesh in the desert. Everyone goes there. We got chips and salsa, ordered and our waitress had just served our food.
Hot Food Is the Best on a Cold Day
Then the family at the neighbored table left while at the same time, new guests came in. The waitress who was responsible for the neighbored table cleaned up. She piled the plates with the leftovers on them on top of each other to bring them to the kitchen. On the uppermost plate with bones from chicken wings, she put several cups with salsa. When passing our table, her plate-leftover-cups tower lost its balance. The salsa cups, plate, bones and a couple of dirty fried bean-covered plates and forks went south. One of the cups fell onto my head, another one into my lap, and one hit my shoulder, all spilling the leftover salsa onto my clothes. One plate fell onto my boots and then broke into pieces on the floor.
It’s hilarious when you see that scene in a movie.
But not, when you are the victim in real. Moreover, I bet actors would need more than one trial to place a cup of salsa on the head of someone, and one in the lap, at the same time.
An Evening Spoiled
The waitress then picked up the broken dishes, threw them away, and started cleaning the floor. When coming back from the kitchen, our waitress saw the mess that the other waitress had caused on the floor and took towels to help her clean up. When she arrived at the scene of incident, she saw that I was dirty from head to toe – literally. She apologized to us, went back, and brought me napkins so I could clean my hair, face, shoulder, lap and boots. She apologized again, despite it wasn’t her who had done it, but her colleague. All I was thinking was that I wouldn’t worry about the spill if I were wearing a cute stay-at-home date night outfit for cooking. However, I was wearing a silk floral skirt Casual Friday outfit (see photos in this post).
Needless to say, we didn’t go there for a while.
Outfit details: Paloma Picasso vintage sunglasses, statement gemstone belt, Liz Claiborne pumps, Longchamp pilage, no brand sweater, Talbot floral print skirt, vintage bangle, pantyhose, best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chicos, and top c/o Coolibar
Everyone Deserves a Second Chance – or Not?
Last Monday, my husband and I went out for date night to the same place. This time, we had the waitress who had spilled the leftovers all over me in March. We were sitting in a booth on benches. We ordered two glasses of wine and another waitress brought us chips and salsa. When our waitress came back with the wine, she had the two glasses on a tablet that she balanced on one hand. She took one glass off and put it in front of my husband.
Gravity Still Works
The tablet got out of balance, the second glass slipped off the tablet. While the glass fell, it threw out a lot of wine all over my outfit. When it hit the table, it emptied the rest of the wine on the table. She got a towel and wiped off the wine into my direction! I couldn’t believe it! That was like I couldn’t believe that at the spa, they would use a Black & Decker to remove callus in a pedicure!
The wine then dropped off the table onto the skirt of my dress as well as left and right off me. I couldn’t even move because there was wine all around me, and she blocked the “exit” of the booth!
Again, it didn’t occur to her to give me something that I could use to try to mitigate the harm. Even my skin under the clothes was wet! All waitresses, but her apologized for the incident. My husband and I left, and she even yelled at us. We then went to Brewster’s and had excellent service without a “punch show”.
Anxiously, Randomly or Purposely?
I wonder whether she did this “accident” on purpose. I had never seen a waitress spilling food or drinks over a customer in my entire lifetime. And now the same waitress did it twice within a short time and moreover she spilled the same customer twice! Or was she anxious because she had spilled me already once? Or just a bad Monday? What do you think? Should I write a memo to myself, that if I ever go to that place again or a place where she serves that I need to wear a raincoat with hoodie?
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