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Scott Underwood

I went to Sam Wo's with a small group once, it must have been in 1982. Ford pointed to a booth that still hadn't been cleaned of plates, etc., got mad when we hesitated, and made us stand and watch the busboys clear it.

Then, as we were sliding in (giving my date a squeeze) he loudly asked, "What you want?" When we asked for menus, he went to get them, then slammed a pad and pencil down, saying, "Write down your order. And add it up!"

We were all laughing, and it really just seemed like a performance, though he never broke character. The other waiter was named Leaky Pan, as I remember.

On the other hand, Zeitgeist's people definitely have it in for the clueless and unready. Do not whine to the cook, do not order a cosmopolitan, and generally try to be prepared with your order and your money. Get a beer, a whiskey, or one of their excellent Bloody Marys, and get out of the way.

DC Jobs

Sounds like a charmer! I think I'm going to try this routine the next time I sit down for a job interview. Thought I get the feeling that this is approach that requires a bit of practice before it is perfected.

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