My 2009 New Years Eve Chinese Food Story Recap
Dan Goodier
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This is the geeklist story of my 2009 New Years Eve efforts at getting the ever festive Chinese food dinner to my family to help ring in 2010. I'm not really sure how or why Chinese food became an American tradition on NYE but the local chinese restaurants are always 10 times more busy on NYE than any other night of the year. This geeklist tells my story.
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I only had to work a 1/2 day yesterday so i was on my home from the office by 11:15 AM. My wife had the day off and had taken the girls roller skating so when i came home, nobody was there except for Scout, my dog. My family and some in-laws were coming over around 7 to celebrate so i had to get the house in order but more importantly i called Asia Grille. I got their spiel that there were no substitutions etc... because NYE was such a busy night. Fine, i placed my order and she said 7:30 was the earliest i could pick it up. 7:30? it's only 11:30 AM right now. Subsequently i was informed that my food may not be ready at exactly 7:30. What the hell does that mean....i would find out later. I thought the early bird got the worm, i guess not.
 
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It was snowing at a fairly good pace so i spent the next few hours outside shoveling the driveway and walkway to make it safe for our guests. i dont mind shoveling, it took a little while but nothing compared to the storm that whacked us before xmas.
 
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My brother Brad calls to see if i need a hand. Nah, i'm good i tell him. He said he's bored and he's coming over anyway.
 
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Brad and I play a few games of Mr. Jack. He wins as Mr. Jack, which just absolutely infuriates me. But i try not get to upset as i know i have some delicious chinese food and some great beer on tap for tonight.
 
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6 PM rolled around and most of my family was at my house. My brother and i decided it was time to leave to get the coveted Chinese food. Even though the earliest we could get the food was 7:30 PM and the restaurant was only 15 minutes away, we erred on the side of caution. We got into the car and ventured off.....
 
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I called my friend Bob (Conky) who told me earlier he may also be getting some tasty Chinese food. Come to find out he was waiting for his food at Chili's, which is adjacent to Asia Grille. His food was supposed to be ready for about 7:00 and it was only a few minutes after six. Bob and his buddy Paul were waiting at the bar. Brad and I would be there in a few minutes i told him.
 
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Brad and i pull into the parking lot and head to Chilis instead of our ultimate destination. It's still early; only 6:15 and our food is still 1.25 hours away (at least!) from being ready. we go and meet Bob and Paul at the bar for a few beers. They left around 6:45 while Brad and I stayed for one more. We left Chili's at 7:00 and walked to Asia.
 
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As soon as we walked in we knew we were screwed. People everywhere....it honestly looked like a refugee camp. So we did what any normal males would do. We went to the bar. We drank a couple of more beers before even getting in food line. At 7:30 we got in line knowing it would be at least a 30 minutes wait to see if our food was even ready.
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I went and got in the food line at 7:30 while Brad said he'd pick up the tab and meet me in a few minutes. I was in line with about 20 minutes to go when i saw Brad round the corner, two scorpion bowls in hand. Uh-oh. we proceeded to drink them rather quickly and got to the front of the line a few minutes before 8:00.
 
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It was ready!! in fact it had just come up! I paid the exorbitant bill and Brad and i carried the boxes of food out to the car. We started the short ride home.
 
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We walked in at 8:15, only 30 minutes later than i had hoped. not to shabby i thought, the food hit the table everyone ate like kings! Gotta love Chinese food on NYE, and the leftovers on New Years day! It's almost gone now except for an excessive amount of pork fried-rice.
 
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