Forcing Our Hand – #1LinerWeds

Yesterday, AIIM New England (the New England Chapter of AIIM International) held their kick-off event for the 2019-2020 educational year. For 10 years or so, we have been meeting at the large community table in the bar of the Burlington Marriott. It’s a comfortable place. They serve pretty good food, and the table is large enough to support small groups having multiple conversations. Yesterday, a friend and I arrived 30 minutes before the event started. Everything was set up, but we were greeted by the sign shown below.

Uh oh.

Our response to the waiter was:

“You leave us no choice but to drink alcohol.”

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  1. Cheryl likes that little guy very much! Thanks, Dan. All I can say is I would have been relieved I could drink alcohol without remorse. Even my coffee goes boozy sometimes. 😉Except for the clam chowder it all looks yummy, especially the steak tips. I mean, the chowder looks good but just not for me. That wheelchair ‘ramp’ looks more like a daredevil run. Worse than a little scary. 😳Happy Wednesday.

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    • Thanks Cheryl. I’m glad you liked the turtle. It’s kind of funny to see them used as decorations up here. We did have one guest who normally orders a coffee drink. He was able to switch to wine without too much of a problem.


  2. Any excuse for alcohol, Dan!!
    Your tribute to Autumn in the garden is a good one. So now you’re a designer too, eh?
    As far as the food goes – I love steak but nothing compares to BACON!!

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    • Thanks GP. That’s not my garden. That was at the entrance to a hotel I was staying in. Turtles aren’t something we see very often in a Halloween display. The bacon is hard to resist, and by 3:30, I’d had enough coffee for the day.

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    • We rise to the occasion when necessary, Judy. After all, we are Information Professionals. Well, that’s what my shirt says, certified, no less. The table requires a minimum spend that works well for a group of 15. When we have less than ten, we have to step up the consumption.

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  3. Hmmmm…beer or coffee…beer or coffee…beer or coffee? I don’t think I’d have to ask that question or answer it more than once, Dan. Easy peasy. Beer. Then again, I might have ordered a brandy old fashioned sour. That would go just as well with beef tips or bacon. Cheers!

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    • We would encourage that, Mary. We had a small group, trying to meet a minimum spend for the table. If we don’t eat/drink enough, they tack on a surcharge. We were encouraging people to drink from the top shelf and eat hearty.

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  4. The sign about the broken expresso sign reminds me of my trips to Europe. It is usually a lot cheaper to drink beer than bottled water or soda and hydration is really important. Those steak tips look delicious. I think that I actually like steak tips more than an entire steak.

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  5. I think that sign was met with approval by your group, but the printer needs to proofread more thoroughly!!

    The food looks delicious Dan. So clearly no one went hungry or thirsty!

    That wheelchair ramp looks like the equivalent of an on-the-ground cyclone roller coaster!! Yikes!

    It’s heartwarming to see how a group of individuals can pull together and make the best of a difficult situation….especially the poor guy who had to switch to wine!!!😂😂
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Thanks Ginger. I was walking on an overpass when I saw a Wheelchair sign painted on the ground. I tried to get a picture of that because it was next to a huge hump in the paving. Then I saw the ramp. Oh my, what a ride that must be,

      No one in our group noticed the typo. I guess we were too frazzled by having to switch to beer and wine ;-)

      No one went hungry, and we managed to meet the table minimum.


  6. You have me thinking, Dan. The meetings of the Seniors’ Club would be so much more interesting if they were held at a bar. We’ve had it all wrong with this coffee and tea business!!

    That wheelchair ramp looks rather intimidating. I can’t imagine navigating it in a wheelchair unassisted.

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  7. Hi Dan – glad to see food was around too … well we all need treats sometimes – I’d go there again – an excuse for that extra drink – especially at a meeting! Cheers Hilary

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  8. That’s the sort of ramp it takes to get up in the bleachers at the high school. You need to be pushed, but it’s fun going down😂Did the sign mean they had no regular coffee, sugar and cream? 😱

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