And now for a replay of this week’s winning conversation:
Me (eyeing our monthly budget numbers): “Wow, I didn’t realize you were so heavily into BDSM.”
Hubby: “What? I don’t even know what that means.”
Hubby (with sagging jaw): “Wha…? Where did that come from?”
Me: “Your monthly budget. You said you spend about $100 a month on restraints.”
Hubby: “Damn autocorrect! That should have said restaurants!”
Speaking of restaurants, the other day we were sitting in a Subway and Hubby was (as usual) picking the anemic yellowish tomato slices out of his BLT. He jabbed his finger at a prominently-displayed picture of a luscious red tomato.
“See that?” he demanded. “That’s how tomatoes are supposed to look! Not this… piece of… I don’t even know what this is supposed to be!” He dropped another pale crunchy slice onto his napkin.
That’s when I realized that fast-food restaurants are absolutely unique in the business-to-consumer market. Have you ever been served a fast-food meal that actually looks like the appetizing pictures on their menu? I haven’t. But it’s never occurred to me to complain about it; and I’ve never heard anybody else complain, either.
There’s no way I’d tolerate that kind of bait-and-switch in any other business.
Imagine me paging through car brochures and settling on a new Chevy Cruze. I pay my money, they hand over the keys, and I go out to the lot to find a 1982 Chevette dribbling oil and rust flakes onto the pavement, reeking of stale cigarettes and wet dog. And somehow, I passively accept that the piece of shit they delivered is not even close to the pretty picture I bought. I climb into that pathetic excuse for a car without a peep of protest, wave to the dealer, and chug away.
I think not.
Then again, in the car dealership I’ve got all the time in the world to argue over expectations and aesthetics. If I delay the line in a fast-food restaurant, there’s a pretty good chance I’ll get lynched by an infuriated mob of hungry patrons.
So maybe accepting a limp, sad, greasy burger is more about self-preservation than submission and masochism. That’s what I’d like to think, anyway.
I’ll let you decide…
Book News: After a long simmer on the back burner, there’s finally hope for Books 2 through 14 to be released as audiobooks! Stay tuned…