Sunday, August 28, 2011

So Let's Talk About Buffets (repost)

Yeah, this is a repost. Lately with so much on my plate, a few repeats may be in order. Besides, I recieved a request from a friend that I repost this particular piece, as well as a few others, and quite frankly that makes my life just that much easier right now. But do not fear, I'm working on a little something about Disney Channel live action television programming and Grease. Oh yeah, baby.

As I'm sure it is for many families, dinner is often a source of contention in our household. It would seem that not one of the members of our foursome likes any of the same foods, with various food allergies making the process of choosing something for dinner all the more difficult. Lately my husband and I often find ourselves staring blankly at each other whenever the inevitable topic of "what should we have for dinner" presents itself. I do cook regularly for my children as does my husband, but lately the kids only like two things, and I'm gonna freak the hell out if I have to prepare tacos or plain noodles with meatballs one more f***ing time.

That said, last week Carl had a stroke of genius - we live in Vegas, why not take advantage of something that Vegas is known for the world round? Their fabulous buffets! At a buffet, each of us can choose whatever we want for dinner.(Plus we had a coupon that made dinner practically free, and considering the fact that we're flat broke, that was a nice bonus). Naturally I was resistant at first, I mean buffets are disgusting. How white trash are buffets (very)? But eventually I conceded because I sure as hell didn't want to have to start the painstaking process of reconsidering our dinner options all over again.

After we picked my son up from school, we headed directly to the buffet because we were all starving and it makes sense to try and beat the dinner rush (add that to the list of reasons I'm geriatric: I prefer to beat the dinner rush when I frequent the buffet at 3:30 in the afternoon). You may be wondering at this point "aren't you the same annoying pain in the ass person that is supposedly into "organic, hormone free this and that?" Yes, I am. But I'm also into not wanting to gouge my eyeballs out with a blunt instrument every time the question of dinner comes up. So that brings us back to our most recent visit to the buffet...

Let me just preface this by stating a disclaimer: children sometimes say things (unintentionally) that are not politically correct. I am not advocating or encouraging these statements; my children are 4 and 6 - they don't know what the hell they're saying. If you're offended please remove the stick from your ass and go away.

So after we made one of many rounds at the buffet (come on - you know it's a pig fest! It's a buffet!) Maggie and I took our seats and proceeded to chow down while Carl and Bear rampaged the taco bar. While I ate mashed potatoes, Maggie began feasting on one of her personal favorites: watermelon. And boy she was gettin' into it. With her eyes practically rolling back in her head, "Mmmmm, I love me some watermelon. Watermelon is gooood." Naturally these comments were said in the not-so-subtle tones of a four year old (meaning she's practically shouting), which aside from the bad manners wouldn't have caused such embarrassment if we weren't sitting next to a table of African Americans. Again, I don't think this would matter all that much if I weren't getting looks, and by looks I mean they were turning around to stare at the person that was loudly saying "Oh yeah, I do LOOOVE me some watermelon!" I mean Maggie did seem to be putting on quite the show and I kind of wondered if they thought she was doing it on purpose or if I had put her up to it or what. (Yes by writing this I am acknowledging the existence of a stereotype about African Americans liking watermelon. What can I say, I was mortified). I was very embarrassed and at that point attempted to get Maggie to keep her ecstasy over the watermelon to a minimum. And I will admit after that I did forbid her to get fried chicken.

Then there was the point at which my son loudly called my husband fat and offended an old lady, all in one fell swoop.. Whoo hoo! We were on a roll! After dinner Carl was standing up because he was so full (our family really believes in getting our money's worth at the buffet). Bear was all (in the loud kid voice of course), "Dad your belly is FAT! I've never seen a belly that big!" and then proceeded to hit the belly and we all know that doesn't feel so good after a binge like we just had. Carl told Bear to stop that and jokingly said that he might explode if he doesn't stop to which Bear replied, "Yeah! Explode! That'd be cool!" Carl responded, "I don't think so. I'd die." Which at this point I'm thinking "Dumb-ass. Don't say 'die' - I so don't wanna go down that road right now. But Maggie didn't miss a beat with that one.
Maggie: (Loud kid voice) "Mommy where do we go when we die?" (We talk about this A LOT).
Me: (Resigned) "Heaven."
Bear: (As usual) I'm not going to Heaven. That's boooring.
Maggie: "But not for a long time right?"
Me: (Looking around and noticing the elderly woman sitting at the next table, only three feet away. Shit. She's looking at US now). Um, yup. More desserts anyone? (Mind you, we were all about to throw up at this point).
Bear: (Again, in the loud kid voice) You mean we'll go to Heaven when we're all old and wrinkly, right?
At this point Carl and I pretty much decided to high tail it out of there (yes with the kids in tow, although at that point we did consider leaving them). Hopefully we're not eighty-sixed from the buffet, because we just got another one of those coupons in the mail. Besides, my son likes the buffet because you don't have to wait for the server to bring you food because waiting (like Heaven) is soooooo boooorrring.


DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

You'd have to do much worse than that to get banned from a Las Vegas Buffet. Sounds like harmless family fun.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I love it. Oh, Gawd. I'm cracking up. It's perfect, thanks for re-posting it!!! :)

Kassie said...

This was a great repost! exactly what I need this afternoon.

Existential Waitress said...

Thank you all! I really needed the words of encouragement today too. :)

Bathwater said...

I'll take a re-post just to see you rejoining the blogging community. My kids would be the same way. The difference is I never look at other people to see if we offend anyone -- f'k 'm.

Susan Erickson said...

Buffets are BAD but kids love them big time.....nothing like enjoying your food...and your kids. Big pig out is big pig out.....Great to have you back!

blueviolet said...

Buffets are white trash? Dear God, I love them!

Existential Waitress said...

Beats me - but I guess we like 'em too!

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

LURV this post. And so much more even the second time around. I laughed so hard about Maggie and her watermelon ecstasy, I pretty much wet myself over here.

The old and wrinkly/heaven comment also reminded me of when we used to take my gma out when she was getting senile and she would make loud, obnoxious comments to us about random people in the restaurant as if we were living in a tv sitcom. Stuff like, "Oh dear, that waitress sure does have a large rear end!" (about the waitress who is standing at the very next table.)

I pretty much wanted to kill myself and/or climb under the table and hide during each and every one of those outings. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited you are back, EW!!! Big sparkly hearts from me to you.

Amy said...

Just realized that my comment didn't go through again! I basically just said I love this post!!!!

GratefulTwinMom said...

So funny. I could totally see this going down in the buffet. Think of the looks I'm getting these days 'cause T2's decided she's a vegetarian. There goes the kids menu. Thanks for reposting. Looking forward to more from you too, EW. Miss your witty quips!

annalene said...

Hahaha, such a great post!

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