Weekly Rochester Events #459: Last of the Eighth
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Ok, I'm running late and kind of don't feel like writing anything. But I do want to start off mentioning that last Thursday was 18 months with Ali. Hooray!
On Friday, Ali and I went to Jeremiah's Tavern (1104 Monroe Ave.) for dinner. I vaguely recall something of the sort, but apparently they change their menu to not only include the fish fry but also to present some more "upscale" dishes — all reasonably priced, though. I was in it for chicken wings and glad that they had a 5-piece appetizer. Ali got the fish fry which was excellent. I tried a little and it was one of the best I've had ... I'll need to do a more recent comparison with Captain Jim's Fish Market (2329 Main St. E.)
Saturday was the 1st anniversary party for Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) so I stopped by to say hi. One of [owner] John's friends brought a bottle of 2000 Bordeaux — possibly the best wine I've ever tasted ... very complex and rich. Afterward I stopped by Brighton Town Park (777 Westfall Rd.) to check out Wandering: The Land Next to the Sea by Sara Segerlin. It was fantastic work: like what I have seen at Burning Man or in the Synaesthesia from a few years back. It was dark, foreboding, calm, and serene. She had set up video projectors in the woods to project onto stretched translucent fabric with images of the ocean. There was also an audio soundtrack to compliment it and LED lights clipped to leaves and branches to light the path. Late that night Ali and I met up at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) and liked the bands from the Shalonda Simpson Memorial Show but I wanted to particularly highlight Handsome Jack who did wildly animated punk/power rock — like they were Buffalo's wilder, blue-collarer version of The Grinders.
And of final note was that we tried out Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (740 Jefferson Rd.) The food was good and all — reasonably priced and about par for a well-reviewed chain — but Ali and I had a debate as to whether the servers are coached more than average. She said that most chains want you to introduce yourself a certain way, to mention the specials, and to try and "upsell". But I said our server seemed more ... polished. They have unlimited steak fries, for instance, and we asked how many she had seen anyone eat (survey says: number one question! — right out of the "corporate playbook", as far as I'm concerned). She said five (or six ... I don't remember) and that the guy went on to finish his meal. It just seemed too prepared ... moreso than her just being asked that question a lot. And then when we saw that our burgers came with 6 fries or so, and that an additional basket is about 10 more, "five or six" suddenly didn't seem so incredulous to me. However, she had built some personal rapport with us through that. The second thing was that she said, "the kitchen really hooked you up", referring to the extra lettuce in my burger. Lettuce people. That's not "hooked up". Twice as much avocado would be "hooked up", or getting a burger that looks like the picture would be "hooked up". A house salad's worth of lettuce is not "hooked up".
But that's when it hit me: they probably get trained to "be sure to make a positive comment when you bring customers their food". Although they probably have a special name for "customer" like "guest" or "royalty" or "knowst" — after all, "you shouldn't be guessing anything!" [Man, I could write this shit!] It all reminded me of working at Radio Shack some decades ago when we were trained to approach customers and act casual. That's why whenever I was in back comparing op-amps that some guy in a polyester dress shirt working [essentially] minimum wage would come up to me and say, "how are you doing today?" rather than "can I help you?" — and, "are you sure you don't need any boom-boxes with those batteries?", desperately trying to increase his lines-per-ticket rate.
Ali thought she was just a good server — a kid being nice. I think they feed them drugs to make them compliant — obviously.
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