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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Let's All Get Along

I'd been living in Italy for several years when I came back to the U.S. for a visit and discovered that everyone was being polite to each other. It's when people started saying "have a nice day" to everyone else whether they meant it or not. It's also when the salad bar came into existence, the grownups' equivalent of an ice cream shop for kids. Who can resist putting a small amount of lettuce on the plate, just enough to qualify it as a salad, in order to leave room for the chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, green pepper, Bermuda onion, unidentifiable crunchy white stuff, cheddar cheese, nuts, seeds, raisins, chopped egg, julienned ham, and scallions, all topped off with gobs of blue cheese dressing? The first time I encountered one I wanted to scream across the room at my serving person Melissa, who had told me to "yell" if I wanted anything, "fix me a plate of salad, would ya."


Anonymous il professore said...

It has become such a common occurrence for planes to be delayed and their passengers to miss their connecting flights that a number of European airlines now own hotels directly connected to the airport. Instead of making you sit up all night on a hard bench waiting for the next flight out of Casablanca, they instantly dispatch you through a tunnel or across the street or road, give you a free room and a voucher for a meal. Identical dining-rooms in identical hotels stay open all night. There under a ghostly light that burns eternally, as if for the Unknown Soldier, you will find the exact array of salads and toppings you describe. Oh yes, on occasion there are slight regional variations: herring in Sweden, the eyes of the Newt in more backward nations, but all in all the ingredients are the same. America has not yet won the war to democratize all the countries of the world, but we have definitely saladized them.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Can't stand anything fake... and the ubiquitous "have a nice day" is right up there in the fake stakes. Along with "are you having a nice day?" which is even more galling because it has the audacity to demand a reply! (not as grumpy as I sound honest! LOL)

Funny cartoon John... and not so far from the truth these days! LOL

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY response is "Don't tell me what kind of day to have." roger

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Lee said...

My response is 'thank you but I haven't decided on a classification of the day yet'. Can not say that I am not polite. (grin)

love this one, John C

9:28 AM  

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