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Birthday Pumpkin Butchering revisited and angry sandwiches.

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Monday, October 24, 2005 at 11:23 am by flerly.

After the gang cleared out, I had to figure out what to do with the pumpkins left behind. I hope Greg doesn’t mind I spun his pumpkin and carved Sally on the back, so we ended up with a little Nightmare before Christmas theme.

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I’m glad, from the posts, that I gather people had fun and might want to do it again. Personally, I find pumpkin carving a very therapeutic birthday event for me. I’m considering going to get a dozen more this week, but I have to balance my fun with knives against causing the neighbors to think we’re insane…

Need a vent-outlet, though. Last night ventured out to try the new Quizno’s, which I already knew I hated, since, well, I dislike toasted-bread sandwiches, but on the off-chance of trying something new, went anyway. I think I wanted it to be a Panera or something… They put up extensive descriptions of the sandwiches and what is on them, so why the hell don’t they just make them and not ask you every two seconds what you want on them. What do I want on it? I want what’s in the description. Yes, that would mean I want the bread that’s in the description. I kept trying to walk away from the girl making the sandwich after I’d ordered, down to pick a drink or chips or something, and she kept yelling at me (granted in her poor English, which was also annoying since it took a moment longer to process what she was actually asking me) what I wanted on this thing. Okay. I know you’re a new Quiznos, probably a new employee, but the first time I said I wanted it the way it was in the description really should have said it all. But no…

And then… we get the not-so-optional add-ons. What kind of cheese do you want on it? I don’t see a cheese in the description, so I ask her what the options are. I pick Swiss. Guess what… getting cheese on it costs extra. HELLO? I believe the proper English phrase was “Would you like to add cheese to this sandwich?” not “What kind of cheese would you like?”

After the third question about toppings in the pre-toasting phase, I finally ask her.. “If you’re asking me what I want on it, does that mean I can make substitutions? Like, can I get avocado instead of onion?” Her reply, “No avocado… guacamole.” So I say, “Fine then, I’d rather have guacamole than onion.” The result… no onions, and she yells at the post-toasting topping girl, another poor-English speaker, to add guacamole, which the register guy then goes, “Hmm. Okay… add guacamole” and hits another button for an extra charge.

In short, it was an effort of restraint to not throw the $2 frappucino bottle against the front of the building as we left, but I kept thinking I had $10 in my wallet and should go buy four more before I started throwing or else it just wouldn’t be satisfying.

Yeah, so thoroughly turned off eating that overpriced crap last night, I think after venting, I might just sit down and have it for lunch today. A cold toasted sandwich doesn’t quite pass for not toasted, but at least it’s not hot. I’m just a weirdo.



  1. aoide has made a Comment

    Tell ya what. I won’t tell G if you don’t.

    October 24, 2005 @ 11:48 am

  2. blistex has made a Comment

    Oh my god, I HATE when they do that. Sometimes we go to Atlanta Bread Company for breakfast; they make a ham & swiss omelet I really like that comes with breakfast potatoes. It says that on the menu that it is an omelet and it comes with breakfast potatoes. But sometimes, when you order it, they say “what kind of bread would you like?” The first time they did this, I was like “it doesn’t come with bread, does it?” and the cashier assured me it did … then charged us extra for toast. That I didn’t even want.

    They do the same thing with sandwiches – they make a great tuna sandwich, and it is described on the board what comes on it and what kind of bread, and sometimes I order it and everything is fine. But other times, they start asking me what kind of bread I want, and I DON’T KNOW what kind of bread it is; I want the kind that normally comes with it, so I have to refer to the board to figure it out.

    Although, the worst sandwich experience ever was at Jimmy John’s on 14th street … I ordered a sandwich with just meat and tomatoes. I told them I did not want ANYTHING else on this sandwich. I got it back to my office, and it had meat and tomatoes … plus lettuce, cheese. and mayonnaise, all of which I hate on sandwiches. The mayonnaise was so gross I couldn’t even eat it.

    October 24, 2005 @ 11:48 am

  3. aoide has made a Comment

    I’m not a big fan of Qizno’s either. I prefer subway. Like you say, the menue is confusing, they are too expensive and the one by work has rude people also. The subway be work is rude too and they are now trying to due a toasted sub also but it tastes like the gas from the oven. I stick with the cold version.

    October 24, 2005 @ 11:52 am

  4. flerly has made a Comment

    Seriously…. if these places are going to start asking you what bread and what toppings after putting up their menu with such detailed descriptions, why don’t they just change their names to “Subway” and stop charging for every extra thing.

    At least at Subway you can SEE them making the sandwhich, there is a reason they are asking you what you want: SO YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT!

    If Atlanta Bread Company didn’t make a great Vegetarian Italian sandwhich I loved, I’d say boycott these other joints and just stick to the basic Subway.

    October 24, 2005 @ 11:55 am

  5. ninjaben3 has made a Comment

    who knew that a simple vent would spark such a journey into the world of not liking Quizno’s. i’m am not a fan of that place, and even though i get coupons in the mail, i don’t foresee myself going back there. mmm mmm mmm toasy my ass. just put me some meat, cheese, and the toppings i want on a piece of bread and charge me a fair price. don’t make me a Black Angus Sirloin Double Crabcake Fiesta diablo con queso pueblo toaster. i just want a friggin’ samidge. and if i do order the BASDCFDCQPT then make it EXACTLY how it is on the menu. some marketing “team” came up with that and then passed it on to a panel of board certified chefs that spent long arduous hours sampling every possible combination only to have it go to accounting to add 15% of the price of ingredients then add labor cost then add another 10% cause the coupon you may/may not get or use would take it down a whole $.09. and i’m sure that your crack team of markeing/chef/accountants wouldn’t want you screwing up their master plan. Well, if it gets them another buck, then by all means…add guacamole.

    man, i’m hungry. does anyone know where i can get a good sub?

    October 24, 2005 @ 12:47 pm

  6. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    you said that hot chocolate was sugar free, right?

    October 24, 2005 @ 2:09 pm

  7. infinite1der has made a Comment

    Man, I JUST LOVE Quiznos. Their Mesquite Chicken sandwich is SO good. We print out these coupons from their website that are good for a free soda and chips, so it’s EASILY a $6 lunch. And for those in our Crew that don’t do the toasted sandwich thing, their salads are great.

    A word of warning though, the order process is COMPLETELY different from every OTHER sandwich shop, so there’s a bit of a learning curve…

    …oh the hate.

    October 24, 2005 @ 3:01 pm

  8. flerly has made a Comment

    Oh, their salads look like Atkin’s fiestas, piles of meat and cheese and lettuce and TOTALLY what I crave when it’s 50 degrees out.

    Perhaps when I said, “Let’s do PF Changs or chinese” and end up at Quiznos, I was just not in the mood to deal with the “learning curve”. And by learning curve, do you mean my having to learn whatever language those girls spoke natively or learn that whatever the menu SAYS is on the sandwhich are my “free” options and anything else costs extra. Oooh, I wonder if I hadn’t chosen the listed bread what it would have cost?

    Oh yeah… you paid! Guess it didn’t matter. Why am I complaining?

    October 24, 2005 @ 3:08 pm

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