Thursday Three For All
T34A time. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been enjoying this week. You will too. I 74% guarantee it.
How Waiters Read Your Table. It’s not a secret that one of the great regrets of my life is that I never waited tables. I wanted to be one of those guys at TGI Friday’s with all the buttons that say “Ask Me About The Sampler Platter!” and crouch down at the table to take the orders of my new BFFs. (Don’t judge me.) Waiter or not, I thought this was a great object lesson on responding to the needs of a guest.
If you act moody… You may get better service. Several waiters said they are more careful to get every detail right when they believe a table is already in a bad mood (a couple fighting or a tense business meal perhaps). [read more]
What’s Inside the Oscar Envelopes? Confession: I never watch awards ceremonies. In 38 years I’ve probably seen a cumulative total of 90 minutes of the Oscars. (And that was the year that Napoleon Dynamite came out. Hey, a guy can hope.) But I have always wondered the science behind the arts.
The head accountants then stuff two complete sets of presenter cards into envelopes, and place them into identical briefcases. (The stationers prepare presenter cards for every nominee, just as both teams in a World Series have championship hats and t-shirts made in advance of the game. The loser’s cards are destroyed.) [read more]
The President and the Prophet. Rarely do I talk politics on this blog. But man, this was powerful. If you’d like to see the speech that launched this article, click here and scroll to the :35 minute mark.
“How did they see what they saw?” Metaxas asked of those who bucked the religion of their times and took strong stands against slavery and Nazism. “There’s just one word that will answer that. It’s Jesus. He opens our eyes to his ideas which are different from our own.” [read more]