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I finally got paid for the month, and was ready to dine out. Here's my report
on the Friday's menu mission:
We headed to the TGI Friday's in Thornton, Colorado on 9-3-04 at about 7pm.
When we arrived at the address, I wasn't entirely sure that we had the right
place. This was evidently a new-fangled Friday's, trying really hard for a
retro look (see pictures). The sky was dark and ominous, with big spiky
lightning bolts. The restaurant glowed red. A sign above the door
proclaimed "In here, it's always Friday."
Apparently most of Colorado was thanking God it was indeed Friday, because
there was a crowd milling about in front of the restaurant. Kids were climbing
on the sign. We were handed a slip of paper bearing #34. The "now serving"
display went from 31, to zero, to 60...
I snapped some pictures of the front of the place during the half-hour we
waited. I was most impressed by the Freaky Friday door handles. Just after I
took a shot of Ian perusing the menu in the lobby, I was approached by not one,
but two managers. They politely informed me that store policy prohibits the
taking of pictures inside the restaurant. They blamed this on a concern
for "restaurant espionage," and joked that we might have been sent by Chili's
to infiltrate them. I'm not kidding. I wonder if this means you can't even take
pictures of your kid's birthday party, but I didn't ask.
Once inside, with camera stowed, we looked around at the random objects on the
walls. Friday's Fact #12 from the menu had informed us that the "Americana" on
the walls of the restaurant can take up to 18 months to collect, and 5 days to
hang. The first thing that caught my eye was a Fallout Shelter sign. I was a
little sad that Cold War memorabilia qualifies as Americana. Ian called my
attention to the ad for classic "NuGrape" soda behind me. I was soothed.
We were seated in an open area with about 7 other tables. I wasn't worried
about the servers catching me in the act, but I did wonder for a moment if one
of the other diners might report my suspicious actions. I put the menu on the
chair next to me and stuffed the replacement page inside just before Samantha
brought our drinks. None of our fellow diners reported me as a potential
terrorist. No one seemed to notice.
I had the Jack Daniels chicken and shrimp. Ian had the Cajun shrimp. Both
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