So we decided to go to Chili’s for dinner. Right in this general neighborhood, so no problem getting there, right?
The restaurant was slightly west of the nearby north-south street, so we were heading into the sun as we tried to figure out exactly which driveway to use. There are what seems like thousands of retail establishments around here and many of them share one enormous parking lot, but it’s not always obvious where to enter the lot. We ended up spotting the building by its awnings, which have a distinctive stripe pattern.
We arrived and walked in and I put us on the list, table for 2, about a 10-minute wait according to the endlessly bubbly greeter-girl. We stepped aside out of the way of the door and stood staring at the happy-hour menu.
That’s when it occurred to me that the top of the happy-hour menu board read:
We don’t like Applebee’s, so we walked out laughing about the silliness of the moment. Wondering how embarrassing it would’ve been if we’d actually been seated before we noticed, especially since as I gave the host our name, I looked at the name tag, but it didn’t register on my awareness at all.
When I told Sonya about this by text message, she wondered how the hell we’d managed something so silly/stupid. My reply:
The awnings look a lot alike and besides, the sun was in my eyes ;D
So you’re gonna be stupid 11 months out of the year?