Good Service Is A Tall Order

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - April 19, 2006
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Editor’s note: Ron Nagasawa is on vacation. This column was originally published on April 14, 1999.

I have to say without a doubt that my wife has enough patience to endure the worst of life’s annoyances. Obviously that’s a given, having married me.

However, when it comes to eating at restaurants of any kind, our family experiences a phenomenon that eludes explanation. Every time, and I mean every time, we eat at a restaurant, my wife’s food order comes to the table wrong.

For instance, if she orders rice, she gets fries. If she orders ranch dressing, she gets blue cheese. She asks for her steak well-done, and it’s brought to the table blood-rare.

This happens so often that once when she was pregnant and had a craving, when the wrong order was served to her, she actually broke down crying. I’m pretty sure that was hormones, but since then I get the worst case of anxiety anytime we go out to eat.

In fact, I often catch myself praying that the restaurant screws up my order instead of hers, just so that I don’t have to deal with explaining to my wife that this is not a conspiracy against her. I mean, I’d eat ice cream served over mashed potatoes and not think twice about sending it back.

I believe the difference in principle here is that guys will eat anything that’s put in front of them while ladies appreciate a meal that is served hot and exactly as ordered. Last week our family went out to dinner with my wife’s parents. I was cringing at the thought of my wife’s order being messed up again. When the waitress brought my wife’s food, through some great miracle it was absolutely perfect.

Finally I could have a restaurant meal where I didn’t have to feel guilty that my meal was fit for immediate consumption and my wife’s was not. I started to take my first bite when I was abruptly interrupted by a familiar sound. My mother-inlaw’s order was wrong.


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