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It wouldn't be complex. It would merely be me paying $25 of the bill in a form that isn't cash.

so, you're going to donate the entire coupon even if your share comes to less than $25? whatever people want to do--i don't really care. but best to bring cash as well, just in case something goes wrong.

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Mongo: Have you (or someone else) warned these innocent people about the horde of infidels that is going to descend upon them on Tues next? I think it would be prudent ( to say the least) to give them some advance information. If noone has called or gone in to make some arrangements for what may be 12 or more "guests" I can do it . I live in Aurora so it wouldn"t be a big deal for me. Let me know what you think.

 

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i'll be calling to make a reservation tomorrow. 12-14 people is still only about 3-4 tables of 4--i'm sure they can handle that many people on a weeknight--it is out of the way and next to a crap motel but they aren't entirely a hole in the wall.

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transcript of my conversation with the very american sounding dude who picked up the phone when i called to make the reservation:

 

mongo: i'd like to make a reservation for tuesday night please

dude: at what time?

mongo: 7.30 pm for 14 people

dude: 14 people? (sounding a little incredulous)

mongo: yes, 14 people give or take a couple

dude: okay, 14 people, the name please

(mongo pauses knowing his name is unusual and wonders whether he should give fred's name or make up a more recognizable name for himself such as ezekiah)

mongo: um, mongo

dude: how do you spell that

mongo: m for malaria, o for orgasm, n for napalm, g for gangrene and o for osteoporosis

dude: okay, so m, o, o, x

mongo: no, m.o.n.g.o

dude: ah sorry, m.o.o.g.n.o

mongo: no, m.o.n.g.o

dude: doesn't matter, i'll put down table for 14

mongo: did you say 14?

dude: uh, yes?

mongo: right, 14

 

the upshot: if you're the first to get there ask for the table for 14.

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dude: okay, so m, o, o, x

mongo: no, m.o.n.g.o

dude: ah sorry, m.o.o.g.n.o

mongo: no, m.o.n.g.o

dude: doesn't matter, i'll put down table for 14

mongo: did you say 14?

dude: uh, yes?

mongo: right, 14

 

the upshot: if you're the first to get there ask for the table for 14.

An auspicious start. He probably thought you were ordering moo goo gai pan.

 

See you all there tomorrow.

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well, that was fun--nice to see everyone again.

 

we went back almost right away (i think cheesemonger saw us hang a hard u right before the freeway) because we'd forgotten the leftovers. when i went back in there was some high-drama happening in the restaurant. some very sketchy looking young man was in there talking to a guy from the kitchen--as far as i could tell from the profanity laden exchange he might just have been carjacked and was looking for money for busfare. i assumed he knew the other dude. no other customers were there but the regular yummy yummy folks were looking quite shell-shocked. i suppose it is possible i walked in in the middle of a hold-up or something.

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well, that was fun--nice to see everyone again.

 

we went back almost right away (i think cheesemonger saw us hang a hard u right before the freeway) because we'd forgotten the leftovers. when i went back in there was some high-drama happening in the restaurant. some very sketchy looking young man was in there talking to a guy from the kitchen--as far as i could tell from the profanity laden exchange he might just have been carjacked and was looking for money for busfare. i assumed he knew the other dude. no other customers were there but the regular yummy yummy folks were looking quite shell-shocked. i suppose it is possible i walked in in the middle of a hold-up or something.

It was good seeing everyone again and meeting the new folks.

 

As I was waiting for a break in traffic to pull out of the parking lot, a scruffy young man approached my car, waving his arms; I pressed the switch that locks all my doors, wondering at the same time if I was turning away from somebody in need of help. He shook his head and looked perplexed as I drove off.

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transcript of my conversation with the very american sounding dude who picked up the phone when i called to make the reservation:

 

Mongo--

 

That would be Pim's husband, a carpet cleaner, who would indeed be incredulous that their wee little restaurant is going to be invaded by a number greater than two.

 

I *may* be able to come next Tuesday, but I'm not sure. If I can make it, I'll call Pim (or the dude) to let them know that (gasp!!), the number may jump even further.

 

LM

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