Ever-changing unexpected, unpredictable events continue to occur in our government about which we're all being informed by our news media, so I'll limit any review of most particulars here. Suffice to say the pandemic continues to wreck havoc in the world to some degree from one country to another. Here in the US. the inevitable viral spread keeps surfacing with varying intensity giving me concern as to how our lives are being affected, how our future will unfold.
My previous post reveals how I discovered I use the British, not the American or French method to prepare my scrambled eggs. I was intrigued with how some who commented described their own egg scrambling methods. I don't think I'm overly picky about food but I do have some basic expectations when I eat out. I recall a couple incidents unrelated to scrambled eggs that were quite objectionable.
I was at an upscale restaurant with an old friend I hadn't seen for a while who had returned home for a short visit with her mother. They lived in a small community whose local newspaper latched on to her visits as a social item worthy of note whenever she came to town. She laughingly told me she had long since gotten use to her notoriety there which prompted headlines like "E (her name) is back in town!" After all, girl/woman continuing to make good -- working in NYC television industry with celebrities was news during those years when TV was the prominent technology with only three major networks, long before cable and our digital world.
She took me to the most prominent of one of her small town's primo hotel's restaurants where we were practically the only people in the dining room. I'm sure they were impressed and pleased to have her there. Having placed our dinner orders my friend had my full attention as we caught up on our lives while waiting for our dinners to be served. As I took a sip of my water I became vaguely aware of feeling something soft at the corner of my mouth. Continuing to concentrate on what my friend was saying, I paid little attention as I just automatically reached with my fingers to remove what I felt on my lower lip.
Seeping into my consciousness then was the realization I was sipping water so there shouldn't have been anything of substance. Glancing at the unknown as I laid it on the table after a few shocked seconds I incredulously recognized I was looking at a very large dead water-soaked cockroach/water-bug. My friend was equally repulsed as was I. The waiter we called over was mortified as he should have been since I think he surely would have noticed the creature when he brought our filled water glasses if he had been paying attention.
Ever since that experience, I check all water glasses I'm served and hope that waiter learned to examine water-filled glasses, too. As you might expect, the restaurant manager was quick to volunteer they were giving us complimentary dinners.
Years later when having lunch at a different restaurant I suddenly realized the strawberry pie filling I was eating had a strange crunch on one chew. Examining the remainder of the pie in front of me I discovered a rather large-sized neck piece of a broken glass bottle. I was frozen for the moment, concerned I might have swallowed glass bits. When I summoned the restaurant manager he said they would pay for me to get an ER medical examination but I must sign a form first relieving them of any responsibility though I wasn't asked to pay for my lunch. Of course I refused to sign the form.
What I learned at the hospital was I must await the food to process through my body, then if bleeding symptoms appeared I would know there was a potential problem. I was very alarmed for a day or so waiting to be certain my bodily system was unimpaired. I did contact the attorney wife of my employer who counseled me to do nothing further at that time as I was concerned about future implications for myself and husband. Those days were a different time since subsequent years lawsuits have become much more prevalent over every thing that happens. Fortunately, I never exhibited any symptoms indicating interior body damage so no further action was taken.
No doubt some of you may have had some dining experiences you hadn't expected, leaving a bad taste in your mouth.