Long time readers of this blog will know that I have trouble making choices. When it comes to ordering in a restaurant, I can usually get it down to two or three choices but then spend a lot of time worrying about making the wrong choice–and while I am eating, worrying if I had already made the wrong choice.
Lately, I have been employing a couple of strategies (is that stratagems….?) to combat this. The first is that I just choose one and not think about it again. I might be wrong, but it is a pretty trivial decision and doesn’t really matter. When this works, this works well and my life has been much better.
The other tactic is to ask the waitress/waiter which of my two choices is better. They work there, so they should know what is better and what the cook/chef is best at. It makes sense. Now, if you are going use this one, I would recommend that you ask them what they would eat if they were a customer in the restaurant. This will probably give you a better meal–but it won’t solve your decision dilemma. If you have no idea what to eat, or if you want the best thing on the menu, it will work.
I have used the second stratagem several times and invarriably, the waiter/waitress will always pick the more expensive of the two options. I don’t mind this because that extra dollar or two means I didn’t have to choose and it also makes them a bit more responsible for my happiness. If their choice was bad, they are to blame–not me.
If I didn’t want to lay the responsibility on their lap, I could just choose the more expensive choice myself–but where’s the fun in that?
Tonight, a strange thing happened. The waitress, after careful deliberation, chose the cheaper of two meals. I was surprised to say the least. It seems like good customer service to me, but it is so rarely considered that I was a bit taken for a loop. For that reason, and that reason alone, I have to call that “Today’s Perfect Moment.”