Buffet Style Eating

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When my children were younger, we decided to celebrate my daughter’s birthday by going to a restaurant on the North Side of Chicago. It was located in a hotel.

Instead of a sit-down dinner in which you are served by waiters, this was buffet style. The place was dimly lit, and when I stood in line I noticed there were no labels on the individual dishes. I had no idea what I was putting on my dish, but I had skipped lunch, and my stomach was growling. After eating lord knows what, I had two desserts.

It didn’t take long before my stomach began doing flip-flops. I went for the washroom, but as it was at the far end, I headed for the parking lot via the back door instead.

I made it as far as the five foot tree that was in a huge planter next to the door and deposited my dinner. When I returned (quite green in the gills) everyone started laughing because they had been watching my antics through the window. My wife handled the problem quite nicely when she later presented me with a headband with a battery-operated light attached to it. No more blind bouts of eating at buffet style restaurants in the future.

The hotel? I heard they were tearing it down and replacing it with a new hotel. I hope it wasn’t because of me.

(photo courtesy of Natalia Kirichenko/Dreamstime.com)

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!