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Bad Date Night

August 30, 2014

We don’t go out much without kids.  When we do happen to sneak off for an hour or two it usually involves a quick meal and an errand or two (usually to a home improvement type store).  Tonight we decided to go on a date that didn’t involve a hamburger in a cardboard box or a store that sells toilets.

Nick was working and Tay went to a football game with a friend, so we decided to eat at Applebee’s.  Seems like a nice evening out, doesn’t it?  We thought so too.

We were wrong.

We arrived at the restaurant and was told it would be about 5 – 10 minutes for a table.  Not bad for a Friday night.

Things went downhill from there.

After a short wait, we were taken to our table.  I didn’t see the people who ate at this particular booth before us but I think it’s safe to say they must have had a dozen toddlers with them.  There was food ALL OVER THE FLOOR.  AND ON THE BOOTH SEAT.  Seriously?

Our waiter came over and seemed shocked that no one had bothered to clean up the mess.  He apologized and quickly swept up the mess.  We ordered our drinks – a water and an unsweetened iced tea – and began looking at the menu.

The waiter brought our drinks – a water and a sweet tea.  He took our appetizer order (boneless wings) and brought back an unsweetened tea.

Someone else dropped off our wings.  It was then that we realized we didn’t have any silverware.  Our waiter finally stopped by to take our order and we mentioned the silverware.  He left for a while and eventually showed up with some.  He dropped the silverware off and went on his way.  We still hadn’t ordered.  He finally stopped back by and we each ordered a burger.

We finished our wings and sat and talked a while.  We began to realize that we hadn’t seen our waiter or our burgers.  People around us had finished up their meals and tables were being cleaned.  Still, no burgers.

We were finally able to flag down our waiter (I think he was avoiding us) and found out that he had entered our order with the wrong table number.  Our meals were delivered to another table and the people there didn’t say anything about getting the wrong order.  Our waiter also didn’t tell us what had happened until we happened to ask.  He assured us that our burgers would be out ASAP.

We wait.  And we wait.  And we wait some more….

Still no burgers.  And no waiter.

Finally we ask him again and tell him that if they’re not ready we’ll just take the check for the wings and leave.  At this point we had been there an hour.  An hour!  It should not take an hour to get a burger.

Well, he runs off to check on things and he comes back to the table.  Guess what?  Our food still isn’t ready.  He says there’s no charge for the wings and we leave.

That’s how we ended up here…

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Where we got a hamburger in less than 5 minutes.

Thankfully we like being together and we still managed to have a fun night out.  We agreed that we wouldn’t eat at Applebee’s again!

When we got home we turned on an old episode of “The Millers”.  Have you seen it?  In this particular episode, the mother decides that she is adding her dentist to “The Miller Family Boycott List”.  It’s her list of businesses that have wronged her in some way or another and she decides that the whole family has to boycott the business.  She even has little laminated cards made up so they can remember which businesses they’re not to use.  I told Brian that tonight was a good night to start our own list…


I informed the kids that they’re not to eat at Applebee’s.  Tay agreed.  She never liked them anyways.  Nick says it’s a shame since they have 49-cent wings after 9:00 and the college kids like to go there.  Somehow I don’t think he’s on board with the boycott.


Just when I thought we had had all the excitement we could stand for one night, the dog comes in tonight and pukes all over the living room.  “Bad Date Night” just gets better and better.

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