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Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)
TITLE: A Tale of Two Salads
By Michelle Knoll
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Cindy arrived soon afterward, out of breath as usual. As she approached the table, the hostess was taking Melissa's drink order.
"Hey! Sorry I'm late! What are you having?"
"It's okay! I figured you wouldn't mind me going ahead and getting a table. I'm having sweet tea, but no lemon."
"Okay. I'll have water, with lemon."
The hostess nodded at the drink orders, and left the table.
"So," Melissa began, "how are you? You said things were rough at work last week."
"Eh, not too bad. Just the normal frustrations with the boss. What's good on the menu?"
"I'm thinking about the grilled chicken salad. Oh, so the boss is being his usual self? Sorry to hear that."
Cindy mulled over the menu. "Yeah, he's all up in arms over someone spending too much on an order. Grilling everyone about it. I don't like being grilled."
"Well, then, you could get the crispy chicken salad. It's good."
Cindy looked up, puzzled. "What?"
Melissa looked back at Cindy. "You said you didn't like grilled."
Cindy giggled. "I said I didn't like BEING grilled!" She looked back at the menu.
"Oh...oh... sorry... I'm into salads... "
Cindy smiled. "So what's happening at your place? Things going about the same?" Still reading the menu, she mumbled, "Oooo... taco salad... yum...."
"Oh," Melissa began, "the usual drama. You know, people getting upset at each other for the silliest things. Like what someone wears. Why would anyone care about that?"
"Might be too spicy," Cindy commented, staring at the menu.
"Well, I guess someone's clothing could be considered spicy, but I wouldn't call it that..."
Cindy chuckled. "Only if they're wearing their salad."
"Huh?" Melissa looked at Cindy, totally confused.
Cindy chuckled again. "I was talking about the taco salad!"
"Oh!" Melissa shook her head and laughed. "Sorry..."
"No problem." Cindy smiled. "Anyway, you were telling me last week you were thinking about looking for another job. You said you were tired of all the nuttiness going on. Are you still considering that?"
"Well, I would, but I don't like pecans."
Cindy sat back and stared at Melissa. "What???"
"Weren't you asking me about the California chicken salad? It has pecans on it."
"Uh... no!" Cindy laughed.
"But you mentioned NUTS!"
"I was talking about how you said you were tired of the NUTTINESS at your job!"
Melissa blushed. "Boy, I sure messed that one up, didn't I?" She laughed and continued. "Well, yeah, I've been thinking about it. But haven't you also been thinking about it?"
Cindy frowned at the menu. "The salad has cranberries. I don't do cranberries very well."
"What's that got to do with finding a new job?"
Cindy looked up. "Nothing! You got me thinking about the California chicken salad!"
Melissa looked at Cindy. "So have them leave the cranberries off. No big deal."
"Yeah, I know. It's just hard."
Melissa looked puzzled. "For them to leave off the cranberries?"
"No, to look for a new job!"
Melissa sat back and smiled. "Wow. We're not getting anywhere with our salad choices, are we?"
"Well, if we could keep our minds on the menu!" Cindy chuckled and returned to reading.
"Gosh," Melissa said. "Decisions, decisions..."
"Speaking of decisions," Cindy said, still reading the menu, "where are you going on vacation this year?"
"Oh, I don't know. We've thought about the coast, and we've thought about the mountains. I really would rather go to the coast because of this one restaurant I've heard about. The chef there is amazing."
"Ew... no chef salad for me. Never been a fan of ham on a salad..."
"I was talking about vacation, and a restaurant on the coast, and THEIR chef!"
Cindy and Melissa looked at each other, and both laughed out loud. Cindy spoke first.
"Okay, okay. Let's get this settled. Chicken tender, crispy chicken, California, or taco?"
Melissa laughed. "Well, would you rather it be grilled, fried, nutty, or spicy?"
Cindy laughed in return. "Are you talking about salads? Or life?"
Just then the server approached the table, and asked, "So ladies, have you decided?"
Melissa and Cindy looked at each other, and burst out laughing, causing the server to wonder what in the world she had said that was so funny.
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