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💧 Reservations About Reservation Systems

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For many years, I’ve used various services to make restaurant reservations online. It’s convenient to be able to book a table in just a few clicks, rather than attempting to once again spell “K-A-F-A-S-I-S” over a crummy cell phone connection. However, in the past year or two, I’ve started to become annoyed with even this process. A change has occurred, and I now frequently receive reminders about the reservation I myself made. These unnecessary reminders can come from the restaurants in question, as well as the services they use to manage reservations.

I work hard to be an organized individual. I use a digital calendar which syncs across my devices. Events on this calendar often have alarms attached to them, to remind me about them ahead of time. Ultimately, if I say I’m going to be somewhere, I’ll be there. It’s highly likely I’ll be there a few minutes before the agreed-upon time, solely so I can avoid getting there late.

All that is to say that when I make a reservation, I add it to my calendar, and then I show up. As a result, I’m mildly annoyed when I get something like this:

This is of course a silly thing to whine about. I clicked exactly one button to confirm my reservation.

Every so slightly more work is necessary for text requests, like this:

Here, I made a seven character reply, which is also pretty manageable on a good day.

The most annoying confirmations, however, have been via phone call. I avoid using my phone as a phone as much as I reasonably can. Heck, that’s why I book these reservations online. But because some people are flakes, all of us are punished. That sort of collective punishment is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, and yet here we are. Here we all are.

Ultimately, these confirmation requests are at most a minor annoyance. I also suspect that if I opted not to confirm things, I’d be just fine showing up. I can’t imagine the restaurant cancelling a reservation for not confirming, though I also don’t want to test that theory.

The newest offense, however, really is beyond the pale. After confirming a reservation the day before via text, I was en route to a dinner when I received this:

A text message saying 'You're due at Pagu in 30 minutes'.

I’m due? No. A library book is due. A baby is due. A customer is not due, even if they’ve made a reservation. This is both infantilizing and insulting. At a bare minimum, at least throw me a phony “We can’t wait to see you!” at the end of this terrible message.

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toddmichaelryan
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I’m going to start sending texts to Paul when and where he is due. Some of them will be accurate, most not.
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The Death of Democracy in North Carolina

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I’ve written before about the disgusting tactics and lack of shame seen among North Carolina Republicans. I’ve covered the fact that it’s gotten so bad, they’re alienating their own members. I really would’ve thought I couldn’t be surprised by anything they did.

And yet, here we are. We’re in a place where North Carolina Republicans decided that September 11th didn’t have enough tragedy associated with it, so they spent it trying to kill democracy. To that end, the North Carolina House of Representatives held a surprise vote to override a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.

After GOP legislators told their Democratic counterparts that there would be no votes that day, and while many Democrats attended a 9/11 commemorative event, they decided to have a vote anyway. Republican Jason Saine even had the unmitigated gall to frame this as a patriotic act, and feign his own outrage:

GOP Rep. Jason Saine, who called the motion for the vote, declared that he was “appalled that anyone in our country would stop going about their normal business on this day. When we stop being a beacon of freedom, hope and democracy, then the terrorists win.”

Our nation doesn’t need to stop all business every September 11th, but it’s right for our lawmakers to take time to remember. It’s also right to stand by one’s word. Instead, Republicans used 9/11 to undermine democracy in the Tar Heel State. That’s literally what “the terrorists” wanted to accomplish in 2001.

Link: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/north-carolina-republicans-chaz-beasley-interview.html

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toddmichaelryan
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The *Jeopardy!* Master is Making a Better Trivia Game

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Ken Jennings is teaming up with the creator of *Magic* to launch *Half-Truth*, a game that will "make you feel smart when you play."
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toddmichaelryan
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I’d watch this
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Warmth, But Not Comfort

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Politicizing public art that’s dedicated to a children’s book is generally something which should be avoided. However, separating immigrant children from their families and putting them in cages is something which should never, ever be permitted. Using Boston’s “Make Way for Ducklings” statue, artist Karyn Alzayer recently made that point

The installation didn’t stay up for long, but it provided a powerful image nonetheless.

Link: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/08/02/local-artist-cages-make-way-for-ducklings-statue-to-protest-child-detention-centers

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toddmichaelryan
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I read this story to my kids fairly regularly. But I must have missed the pages where Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack, and Quack get put into a detention center.

But the story does have a 1950’s take on fatherhood when the Dad just takes off for a couple days to “explore other parts of the river” while Momma Duck raises eight ducklings on her own. He was probably off partying with some Ducks from Wellesley.
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Finally, my friends. Finally, Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa support is real: a...

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Finally, my friends. Finally, Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa support is real: amzn.to/2Sgjfot

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Bat Dogs Continue to Be Great

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This site has previously covered bat dogs, and their charm has not worn off. In fact, the phenomenon is spreading to more and more minor league ball clubs. This week saw a hilarious bit of confusion when a player incorrectly thought he’d drawn a walk and dropped his bat on the ground:

Yes, bat dog Lou Lou Gehrig came out to retrieve that bat, which was still needed by Greensville Grasshopper Jhonny Santos. A bit of tug-of-war ensued. Be sure to watch the video, and don’t miss the second attempt.1

Some might be tempted to question Lou Lou’s training, but I have to instead call out Santos for his poor eye, and for failing to adhere to an obvious rule in stadiums both with and without bat dogs: Don’t put your bat down unless you’re sure you’re done with it.


Footnotes:

  1. Said video is archived here.↩︎

Link: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/a-bat-dog-tried-to-grab-a-bat-during-an-at-bat/c-292310078

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toddmichaelryan
463 days ago
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Amazing
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mareino
458 days ago
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I can't read the damn scoreboard, Santos.
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MotherHydra
463 days ago
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Dogs!
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