Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB
I always hate to spend too much money if I go out to lunch “with the girls” . . . or with anybody, for that matter. I decided a LONG time ago, that buying a soft drink added $$$ (and lbs ! ! !) I really didn’t need. Yet I seldom order anything to drink beyond water.
I eat my meal and, at the end—many times, even as I rise to leave—I think “Oh, yeah! I had water.” I take 2 or 3 little sips, and I’m out the door.
Therein lies the problem. I’m not much of a water drinker. Like the proverbial camel, I can go days without drinking any. So I came up with a new ploy: when I get up in the morning, if I let the water run until it’s hot, I will drink most of a cup of HOT water when I brush teeth, take pills, etc. So . . . I should order HOT water at the restaurant.
Go ahead—try it. I dare ya!
I say “I’d just like some hot water, please.” They bring me luke-warm water in a (cold) glass.
I say “I’d just like some HOT water, please.” They bring it with tea bags.
I say “I’d just like some HOT water, please—and I don’t need anything in it, on it, or with it.” I get weird looks. And a steaming WATER GLASS of HOT water. Often hot enough that it can’t be picked up.
I say “I’d like a cup of HOT water, please—and I don’t need anything in it, on it, or with it.” I sometimes get it in a cup. A cold cup, long out of the dishwasher.
I say “I’d just like a regular COFFEE cup with plain, HOT water, please—and I don’t need anything in it, on it, or with it.” Then, I usually get what I want.
And I drink it. If something is HOT and/or flavored (think hot cocoa), I remember to drink it. Not so with a glass of cold water. Yes, even in the summer. I’ll often ask for a second cup—if it came HOT. But I DO have to ask, even though they’ll come refill my husband’s iced tea three times while I sit there with a cooling third-of-a-cup of water.
What I WANT to say—when they so frequently get it wrong—is “What’s WRONG with you people? If someone orders hot tea, do you bring it in a WATER GLASS.”
Of course, I don’t ask this in a Russian restaurant. They’d just say, “Da!”
But they’d have sense enough to place the glass in a podspakannik [the “thing under the glass,“ commonly known as a Russian Tea Glass Holder], one of those pretty little metallic holders—with a HANDLE!
See you day-after-tomorrow for Wednesday’s WIPs