Here is one of the cooler (read: strangest) things I've seen thus far.
That was in Tokyo. We are now in Hong Kong. More to come...
I want you to look at this picture. Look at it closely.
Do you see it? There are two little buttons towards the bottom of this seemingly normal drink-coaster-buzzer-for-when-your-table-is-ready thing. Now, before I explain, let me say this. I am aware of how weird it is to have found an On The Border restaurant in South Korea. It should not, by any stretch of the imagination, exist. But it does. This picture was taken there. Not only that, but the food should not, again by any stretch of the imagination, taste even remotely correct. But it did. I was there. So, other than the language barrier (and the novelty of hearing Koreans say "adios") the experience was no different from any other On The Border trip.
With the exception of those little buttons.
In the States there are three categories of waitstaff. 1) Those who suck - meaning they are never around when you need them and they mess up your order, mostly when they get cocky and decide to not write anything down. 2) Those who are okay - meaning they are exactly what you would expect. Mostly good, but still with fault here and there. 3) Those who are trigger happy - they hover over you and make you feel as though they are listening to your every conversation.
In Korea, there is one type that I have found. They do a good job precisely because it is their job to do so. They get the order right, they don't hover, and odds are VERY SLIM that they are listening to your conversation. and then there are those buttons...
We only pushed it once. And, no lie, our waiter came SPRINTING down the stairs like someone had lit a fire in his pants. It was, in a word, amazing.
Why bring this up, you ask? Because of the way things in the world travel. Over here, they are advanced in many ways. If they develop a camera, we will surely see it Stateside in about two years. It's only a matter of time before these little things start popping up in eateries in America. Probably in an On The Border.
Waitstaff, take note.
PS - I have love for waiters. I was one. but I was really, really, horrible...
This is how you do it when you are in Vancouver and you officially turn a year older.
You play on the internet.
You try on silly hats with your road manager.
You go and up your street cred by finding a vinyl from Godspeed You Black Emperor.
You stare down a bull!
Give it up, people. Our boy Mark turned a year older today. Let him feel the love.
We are in Mexico City, and even though I have seen "Man on Fire," I'm feeling pretty good about things. Not much has happened yet (with the exception of dinner and breakfast, but I'll spare you the details of those). So, instead, we are going to have a contest! Look at the following pictures (taken just after landing) and write in which one is more scary. Think of it as gearing up for Halloween or something...
[4 pictures missing]
My vote is number 3. What's yours?
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