On Restaurant Survey Cards

I met my parents, my sister, and her boyfriend this evening for dinner at the Red Robin in North Raleigh. I’ve been to Red Robin once before, last spring down in Wilmington when opening a new store.

I had a Bonzai Burger–grilled in teriyaki sauce, topped with cheddar cheese and grilled pineapple. Oh, oh golly!

After the meal, the server brought a survey card. My father couldn’t read it in the dim light, my mother had problems with the pen. I said I would take care of the card. Halfway down the card there was the question, “What would you add to the menu if you owned the joint?”

I thought for a moment, and quickly jotted down a sentence. “I probably wouldn’t add sushi or Philly cheese steaks,” I wrote. And then I laughed like a madman.

It’s not the first time I’ve writtena slgiht off-kilter restaurant comment. Several months ago at an Italian restaurant I wrote, “The sweet tea wasn’t so sweet that it made my teeth hurt, so that’s a good thing.”

My mother’s judgment? “That’s my son, the published author.”

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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