A tale of 2 meals

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Blog entry by Alan posted 04-13-2008 01:37 AM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a recent trip, my wife, Penny, and I had dinner at 2 different restaurants with 2 completely different results. When we made our reservations, we told each one about Penny’s severe lactose intolerance- no dairy whatsoever.More…

Both places were in the same price range. The first was an upscale national chain- very corporate, impersonal and LOUD. Even though we let them know about Penny’s situation in advance and also told the server, he still gave her a dipping sauce made with butter. His reaction? “Oh, yeah, right. Sorry about that.” In addition, her food was tough and mine was bland, and we felt rushed to make way for the next customer. Needless to say, the tip was low and we probably won’t go to one of their other locations. It could be an isolated case, but who needs the aggravation or the lingering bad taste in your mouth?

The second night was, well, night and day. This time it was a stand alone restaurant, one that has been a neighborhood fixture for years. When we were seated, the chef came to our table with a menu he had marked with the things Penny couldn’t eat as well as suggestions for substitutions and adjustments to others. He spent a fair amount of time with her going over the options. Wow. We’ve never had that happen before. Good service doesn’t always equate with good food, but in this case, the meals were outstanding, as was our server’s wine recommendation. It was a memorable evening, and we know we’ll go back.

Now for the really obvious connection with custom furniture. You can go to even a high end furniture store and get poor service, mediocre quality, and the feeling you’re just another dollar to them. Or you can work with a dedicated skilled craftsman who will listen to you and create just what you want. Plus you won’t have indigestion when it’s all done. No tipping either.

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 02:51 AM

great analogy!

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 10:11 AM

Sounds like you got your moneys worth at the second place. It really is a crapshoot anymore with anytype of service you try to get for anything. I like to equate it to faith. Say you take your car to get it fixed and the guy does a terrible job, and charges you an arm and a leg, you never go back there. Another guy does a decent job and does it at a reasonable price, you know you can go there and get good service at a reasonable price, you’ve gained faith. The same with our Lord. He will never let you down, and once you realize that, you gain faith. I’m not a Jesus freak but I could’nt help see the analogy. It’s how I got sober. It changed my life. Faith that is. It’s how I gained faith and sobriety, through God and the faith I gained seeing how he worked in my life. Thanks, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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