I often use my blog to vent…. and to point out stupid acts, especially when it comes to business practices. (That’s part of what is driving my to write the book 25 Things Business Owners Do to Undermine Their Business – and How to Correct and Avoid Them.)
Today Elizabethe and I decided to go to lunch at Outback Steakhouse. I just had this hankering for a Bloomin’ Onion. We left the house at 11:15 heading to Henrietta. As we rounded the corner, I could see an empty parking lot in front of Outback. We pull in, and the place is empty. We then saw the front door:
What in the world?
What type of place isn’t open for lunch on a Friday?
As we drove down the road heading to another restaurant, we noticed Olive Garden – packed, Red Lobster – packed, Joe’s Crab Shack – packed. So, you have to ask why the local Outback Steakhouse is not open during a prime time. (Perhaps all of their restaurants are only open for dinner?) If the answer is, they can’t justify it financially, then they are doing something wrong based on the crowds at their competitors. Needless to say, we wasted a trip, and I was ticked off.
Elizabethe then suggested we just go to Golden Corral. She put it in her GPS, and we drove around the block twice looking for it. There was NO Golden Corral. I then noticed a building under construction. I drove over towards the fence and sure enough, there was a small sign, “Golden Corral – Coming Soon”.
I drove across the street and there’s a Sushi and Hibachi restaurant. I thought that sounds good.
The décor was pretty different, and kind of elegant in a gaudy way. (Gold foil wallpaper, brightly lit panels, etc. It reminded me of a casino.)
The buffet itself was quite well stocked with such a large variety of dishes there was no way you can sample everything. I got my plate full and sat down.
The first bite was of some walnut shrimp. It was room temperature. I shoved it aside.
My next bite was of a shrimp noodle disk. It was tepid. I shoved it aside.
My next bite was of some meatloaf. It too was tepid. I shoved it aside too.
I called the waitress over and commented that their food isn’t being kept hot enough. I suggested they check to see if the steam table had been turned off, or ran out of water. She took me seriously and took my plate and ran back to report the problem. I got up a few minutes later to go back, and this time, noticed steam actually coming out from around the pans. (I believe the State of NY requires cooked food to be kept at 140F before being served. The three dishes I had problems with were somewhere between 65 and 75F. It kind of reminded me of the scripture where Christ says he’d rather we be hot or cold because if we’re lukewarm he will spew us out of his mouth. 2000 years ago they understood that lukewarm food isn’t safe to eat.)
Lesson learned: When at a self-service buffet, look for steam coming from the sides of the steam table pans before dishing your food.
Wow, speaking of stupidity (actually, ignorance)…
I read where someone wrote, trying to justify gay marriage, that Adam and Eve had only 3 children, all sons, and some how we all descended from Adam and Eve. I don’t know if this even deserves comment; to comment might fall in to the category of wrestling with a pig. (For those who don’t know the saying, it goes like this: Never wrestle with a pig. The pig loves it and you only get dirty.)
It is very unfortunate that so many people do not believe because they have been taught false traditions and erroneous information. God’s plan involving faith is a curious thing. Belief gives way to faith; faith gives way to knowledge, but only when one lives God’s commandments. In other words, you cannot fully understand the benefits of living any of God’s laws until you live it. Thus, someone who is not living the law of chastity cannot understand fully why God has given that law until the start living it. The same is true with tithing, honesty, keeping the Sabbath day holy, etc.
The argument that all things religious are subjective is a bogus argument. Those who use the argument don’t know because they are not in a position to know. If they did know, they would be damned and a loving Heavenly Father would not damn his children in ignorance. The story of Paul of Tarsus is a great example of someone who goes from ignorance to pure knowledge.
On the other hand, those who know, can’t convince others of their knowledge because it is knowledge that only comes through doing and then is knowledge that comes from God. For them, to turn away from that knowledge would make them Sons of Perdition. The scriptures teach us that such is the worst of all the sins.