And a good evening to you from across the globe after another GREAT DAY in the Lion City. Okay, so first off - ANNOUNCEMENT: there will be NO BLOG until Monday, 24 October. Why, you ask? Because Sammy the Bull and Jenny the Striker are leaving Singapura (only 36 hours after Muffin Puffin's return) to head north into Khmer country - CAMBODIA BOUND, BABY!!! Oh yes! Who sees some ridiculous blogs in our future...
|Top of the world, Ma! Top o' the world!|
After 1 Altitude, we rolled over to Ann Sieng Hill, where we took Jenny out for her birthday dinner at P.S. Cafe. This was the same spot that we'd had Rebecca's birthday in August, and we actually sat at the same table. In keeping to form, I even got the same meal (vegetarian lasagna - Emma, aren't you proud?), but we threw in some Hunter Valley wine as a tribute to the Aussies and a Poutine as a tribute to the Great White North Crew whom OSC is currently looking after (so jealous you're rockin' the Reds right now, brother). Everything started out great (as expected), but then the foot arrived, at which point things too a turn.
So my lasagna was cold. Jenny's was warm (certainly not pipiing hot by any stretch of the imagination), but mine was almost ice. I took another bite, considered whether or not to speak up, and then decided "I paid $28 for this - I'm going to get it heated up." And as I'm about to beckon him over, Megan shows us her burger. She'd requested well done, and it came out RARE. Seriously - JT and I would have loved it, but that was NOT Megan's style. So I call the waiter over, and here is the conversation (WORD FOR WORD - I HAVE THREE WITNESSES):
Sammy the Bull (StB): "Excuse me, her burger's undercooked. Can you please take this back into the kitchen and cook it some more?"
Nice but Clueless Server (NbCS): "You want the burger cooked more, is it?"
StB: (resists temptation to say "yes, lah") "Yes, she asked for it Well done."
NbCS: (looks at burger) "Ah, this is our version of well done."
StB: "Well, we'd like it cooked some more. She doesn't want any pink."
NbCS: "Yes, but we cannot cook it more. That is well done for us. That is how we do it."
Megan: "Oh, well that's okay. If that's how you do it, that's fine." (Server nods and starts to walk away)
StB: (fangs showing and ready to pounce) "No. You will take that into the kitchen now and cook it until it is gray."
NbCS: "But then it won't taste good, sir."
StB: "NOW. Until it's gray. NO PINK."
NbCS: "So you want it gray, is it?"
StB: "YES. ALL THE WAY GRAY. And take this lasagna back. It's cold."
NbCS: (clearly rattled) "You want this heated, is it?" (SERIOUSLY - STOP @#$@ING SAYING "IS IT"!!!!!!!!)
StB: "What I WANT is a new piece. If you can't do that, then make it HOT." (Jenny hands him her plate as well)
Jenny: "Same with mine. Heat it please." (server runs off - Elizabeth looks at all of us and then at her plate)
Elizabeth: "You guys want some Yellowfin Tuna? "
|Food = hit or miss, but the guy can take a good photo...|
Classic story from today's work day - so once a quarter I host this "get to know your HR" session, and I have to come up with a crazy game for folks to play. Last quarter we played Flip Cup (without beer - still HILARIOUS to watch these guys in action), and this quarter we kept up with the "college drinking game" theme by rolling out the other time honored collegiate tradition - BEER PONG!!! Granted, we again had water vs. beer, but I was CONVINCED this was going to be a blast. Ooooooh, you poor, naive, uninformed American...
So we divide it up, and there are 6 teams. So I announce - "we're gonna have a play in - you guys sink 4 balls." Seriously - if this had been Chuck Powell, this would have been over in THREE MINUTES. KJ - Echo would have KILLED this - beer in one hand and ping-pong ball in the other. But OOOOOOOOH no - NOT my colleagues.
The first game went fifteen - count 'em: FIFTEEN - minutes, and STILL no one had sunk a ping-pong ball. More painful was the fact that 97% of them weren't even close - 60% weren't even hitting the cups or the table. And so I adjusted the rules: "Just get 3 in!" No joy. "Just get 2 in!" No dice. "Okay, the first one to sink one wins!" 5 minutes later, what did I do? I DISQUALIFIED BOTH TEAMS.
|The only thing wrong with this photo is you can't see the |
"century egg" bruise on Elizabeth's arm that's the size of
Dinner was a farewell at Wine Connection, which Cuz and Elizabeth picked up - thanks so much, guys! It as then back for some final packing before their 9:50 cab. And so it was as it is with all our guests, an AMAZING visit ends too suddenly with a rushed good-bye beside a taxi with the meter running. But hey, we know we'll see them both in less than 3 months, and that makes us VERY happy.
Megan and Elizabeth - it was SO GREAT having you guys here. Jenny LOVED your time together in Thailand, and it was just great catching up and getting to meet Elizabeth. Safe travels back to the Queen City!
|REUNITED!!!! Ah, life is perfect again...|
That's all the news that's fit to print. Chat with you in just over a week!
Sam and (FINALLY BACK HOME WITH HUSBAND BEAR!!!!!) Jenny