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Olive Garden has new sandwiches on a giant bread stick bun. We wanted to try it.

We went to Olive Garden, we were seated. I looked at the menus to realize they were dinner menus, with no mention of the sandwiches. I asked for lunch menus and was told they don't offer the lunch menus on the weekend. They don't make the food on the lunch menus on the weekend, aside from the standard pasta, soup, salad, etc.

We left.

Wait, lunch is a weekday-only meal? Is this the latest diet fad?

A local restaurant famous for large portions by me is willing to serve breakfast items at lunch or dinner time (and most items from lunch/dinner menu can be done at breakfast or for take out before lunch time starts - you just have to ask).    Not sure why some places won't serve lunch menu items at dinner time.  My dad likes that if he is craving an omelet with hashbrowns or a traditional eggs/meat/toast/potatoes breakfast at 5pm, he will be able to order it!

Because if they offer a "lunch portion" and a "dinner portion" concurrently, a chunk of people are going to order that lunch portion.  They'll want to pay $3-$5 less for what's really just $1 less of food - all the other costs (cook, server, electricity, overhead, building maintenance, etc.) are the same.  The only reason lunch prices are cheaper is because of demand - if they cost the same as dinner prices, people wouldn't go there as much.
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Discontinued products.  Specifically Pledge Pet Hair Sweepers, plastic do-hickeys with rollers that do an excellent job of picking up cat hair on smooth fabric like bed sheets.  Apparently, they worked too well, because once people figured out how to clean out the disposable sweeper, the sweepers didn't sell well enough.  In all fairness, I squeezed about  3 or 4 years out of my first one.  It's a good thing that I had a spare, because the cheapest that I could find were $32 a piece (original price was less than $10).  I went ahead and bought two, wincing the whole time.   :(
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We get our pets from the local shelter, and we figure we're doing a good thing by adopting "rescue animals."

I'm 66 years old, and adopted - I didn't figure out until recently, as an adoptee, I'm a "rescue kid"! I'm grateful that there was never the least question about me being less a bio-son to my parents.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Roommate Hell.....
« Last post by gramma dishes on Today at 10:18:14 AM »
...  Turns out she was over at Lori's and They just wanted to see if they could make me freak out again.   That whole incident changed my opinion on Dana and I was much more cautious around her in the future.

I think it might have also changed my opinion of Lori!
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Life...in general / Re: Forward rush from back of the plane
« Last post by mlogica on Today at 10:07:14 AM »
IME, if there's room to step out of my row, I do so as soon as I'm ready. Everyone else does the same. I don't check to see what people rows ahead of me are doing to see if I have "permission" to walk ahead. If I'm converging with other people getting out of their rows, we nonverbally share space/yield space as needed.

Everybody proceeds forward into any clear space ahead.  If somebody needs to get something out of the overhead, you wait. If people in the rows ahead are coming out, you wait. If they're just futzing around, you keep walking.

It's really not that tricky. It's not anarchy or chaos, any more than (as has been mentioned a couple of times before) merging onto a freeway is anarchy.

This.  I take three or four flights a year and it pretty much always happens as described above.  My preference is a window seat, so some people sitting further back are off the plane before me, and I "merge" into the aisle in order to leave.

I am still a little confused about the situation that the OP described.  If she was still seated and not giving off any non-verbal cues that she wanted to stand up and leave, I don't fault the people from rows further back who had already moved up.  I am also not sure how they "rushed" forward, since they couldn't have moved forward unless the aisle was clear, and moving forward when the aisle is clear isn't rude.  Unless they pushed people out of the way in order to move forward, which I imagine would be universally viewed as beyond rude.
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Olive Garden has new sandwiches on a giant bread stick bun. We wanted to try it.

We went to Olive Garden, we were seated. I looked at the menus to realize they were dinner menus, with no mention of the sandwiches. I asked for lunch menus and was told they don't offer the lunch menus on the weekend. They don't make the food on the lunch menus on the weekend, aside from the standard pasta, soup, salad, etc.

We left.

Wait, lunch is a weekday-only meal? Is this the latest diet fad?

A local restaurant famous for large portions by me is willing to serve breakfast items at lunch or dinner time (and most items from lunch/dinner menu can be done at breakfast or for take out before lunch time starts - you just have to ask).    Not sure why some places won't serve lunch menu items at dinner time.  My dad likes that if he is craving an omelet with hashbrowns or a traditional eggs/meat/toast/potatoes breakfast at 5pm, he will be able to order it!

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: FanExpo!
« Last post by miss_ann_thrope on Today at 09:22:08 AM »
I'm so jealous! I really want to go, just can't afford it. :(

Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones) is going to be there! Super, super jealous! Are you going for all 4 days, or just Saturday?
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Threadjack: I have a cat that loves to travel by car. She has gone from Alabama to Virginia and back four times. We stop at rest areas and she gets out and walks around on  her harness and leash. That is how she rides in the car, the leash buckles in to the car seat belt where a seat belt would normally clip. She spends the ride purring and riding on my "shelf" (chest). /Threadjack
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Not (currently) my annoyance, but one that I see frequently: poster asks "How do you do X?" Gets multiple responses "Doing X is easy!" and "You can do X and that will let you do Y."  ::)

Although come to think of it, it's exactly the same as my Customer Service complaint upthread -- mindless responses without making the tiniest effort to understand what is wanted. And it's not as if the question is unclear. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Grr... When people keep you waiting...
« Last post by Jaelle on Today at 09:01:28 AM »
Whoo boy. MIL is chronically late. I used, in the earlier years of dating DH/our marriage, that it was just that she got distracted puttering around, doing "one more thing," etc.

And that is true. But then, when DH expressed a little bit of frustration that she kept everyone waiting at a Mother's Day brunch for which we (1) had reservations on a very busy day and (2) my folks were waiting as well, she snapped back at him. "I waited 9 months for you, you can wait a while for me!"

She likes keeping people waiting. She sees it as her due:o

Add this to the fact that my family, especially my dad, are chronically early and it's a recipe for family disaster. Sigh.

We've learned how to work around t his, mostly with giving her earlier times than are strictly necessary for events (and DH does a lot of her driving for her, these days). But, man, I found that comment breathtakingly rude.

DH tends toward being late a little, but only because he forgets to factor in details. It takes 15 minutes to drive from here to there, OK. But then I remind him that (1)  there's construction on that road, (2) we have to find parking and sometimes that takes a while, (3) we have to unload the kids and herd them toward the entrance and (4) the location we want is on the 5th floor and we might have to wait for an elevator.

So that takes the time we should give ourselves from 15 minutes (his estimation) to perhaps a bit more than 30 minutes (mine ... plus I always factor in extra). He acknowledges this when it's laid out for him, however. ;)

Of course, then there are occasionally the times when eventually goes utterly perfectly and he's all "See! Plenty of time!"  ::) Grr.
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