The year was 1999, and I was covering the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. This was the day before the big race, and I went looking for a restaurant.
I stopped at a famous chain and sat down, waiting for service. After a few minutes, I got water. Then I waited and waited and waited, and no one came to take my order.
After about 45 minutes (I can't believe I waited that long), I left and walked next door to a Chinese restaurant (I love Chinese food). They had a buffet.
I was seated quickly, and they got my drink order. I went to the bar and was soon eating.
I imagine we've all had similar experiences, especially if it's a race weekend. I was just happy to have good service and a nice meal.
My waiter got a good tip. The other restaurant (and waiter) got nada.
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