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A Depressing Job

An interesting insight of a Chinese Food Delivery person.

“Delivering Chinese Food all day can be pressing. Like when People yell out “Food’s here!” as if they have a family, but I know that they are alone.”

chinese food delivery

Anybody Home?

Tin Pan South

Every year the Nashville Songwriters Association International hosts a week long series of concerts throughout Nashville called Tin Pan South. The awesome element of this event is that the concerts feature the songwriters who actually wrote the songs rather than the celebrity singers. Of course, some of the singers are also songwriters, but you would be surprised at how many singers are famous for songs that someone else wrote.

Check out their website for details on the venues and the artists who are playing in town this week, and if you have some time read through the bios and discography of the writers – you will be impressed. this week is what makes Nashville truly unique.

Tin Pan South

Tin Pan South

Fun Dates

Back in the day, I had some terrific dates with guys. Sometimes I went out with guys without it being a date, we were a group of friends that like to go do things together and always had fun, without the extra complication of someone being a “date.” These were usually outdoors activities, like riding 3-wheelers through the woods, going mud bogging in 4-wheelers, water skiing, deep sea fishing, and shooting paintballs.

The traditional date was usually dinner at a nice romantic restaurant and then either a movie, play, concert or some type of show. The DC area is chock full of great restaurants, with every possible type of ethnic specialty you can ask for. There are dozens of great steakhouses and some top notch seafood places, too. The great restaurants are what I miss most about the DC area.

Lunch at Olive Garden

The girls at the office wanted to go out to celebrate Aimee’s birthday, so with all the restaurants around here to pick from, they chose Olive Garden. I love Olive Garden, but why this week of all weeks?

Years ago, my youngest son was a server at Olive Garden for the summer while school was out. I was impressed with how much value the restaurant manager placed upon proper training of the new wait staff. They had to complete three days of classroom training and then two days of on the job training assisting an experience server before they were allowed to have their own section of tables in the restaurant for their shift. I think that they have changed that now to include watching a DVD for waitress training.

The DVD called, “The Perfect Server” is a great example of how restaurants and other businesses can use technology to train new workers. The DVD gives pointers on all the essentials for both beginners and advance waitstaff and demonstrates both the right way and the wrong way to serve customers.

My son breezed through the training and did a great job for them, as evidenced as the hefty amounts of tips that he earned. Plus he learned about customer service, being courteous and responsive, and he had fun while earning good money.

One of the tricks he learned was to offer freshly ground pepper for the salads and to offer freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the pastas. With a little practice he was able to perform these services with a flourish. Of course, the fresh pepper would be a totally different presentation with the use of an electric pepper mill.

I ordered seafood since I don’t like to cook fish in the condo and have the residual odors. I do love fish, especially when someone else is doing the cooking!

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Lunch With The Girls at Olive Garden

Col. Mustard in the Conservatory

Remember the board game, Clue? I loved that game – we played it a lot as kids. The game pieces moved about a mansion, going from room to room looking for clues to the murder. One of the rooms is the conservatory. Now, to be honest, as a kid I had not been in many mansions and I had no idea what a conservatory is.

As a grown up, I am pleased to announce that I am sitting in a conservatory right this very moment. Surfing and blogging on my laptop via WiFi at the Bed and Breakfast I found.

And speaking of conservatories, I found a website of a company in Maryland that designs and produces conservatories. If you don’t know what a conservatory looks like, you can go to their website and take a look for yourself!

Turns out that a beautiful custom built conservatory cannot be delivered to the original client, so it has been donated to the Caroline County Historical Society. They are taking the donated conservatory to auction to find their conservatory a new home, so if you are interested you can probably get it at a very good price. And besides the opportunity to save a lot of money getting this at auction, the proceeds will go to charity.