How to Win Friends and Influence People…

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Taken in Austin, Texas on July 3, 2006 while visiting Tara. Click here to see the photograph larger and in its full glory, or click the photo to go to Flickr and read the rest of the story behind the shot.

We went to the Gee’s Bend exhibit today, which was quite cool. It was really interesting to see the quilts in person, and you could immediately see the influence that they had on the women at Mason-Dixon Knitting and how the log cabin blankets featured in their book came to be. (I’m sorry, I can never keep Kay and Ann straight. I blame it on the three letter names. I think it was Ann that went to see the exhibit in New York in 2003, but there is a 50% chance that I am wrong.) If you love quilts for their perfection and fancy fabrics, these may not be your thing. The beauty of these quilts is more in the story that they tell, the hardships of their life and the “make do” attitude that they had. It was a really interesting taste of American history.

After we toured the exhibit and the gift shop (whee!), we went to the restaurant downstairs. The manager, who had been working in another area, came over to take our orders. As we ordered our drinks, he scooped the glass through the ice to fill the glass.

This is like nails on a chalkboard to me, but about a million times worse.

So then he did it again to Katy Blogless’ drink. Then he did it to mine.

I seriously couldn’t take it anymore. I said, “You shouldn’t do that.”

He gave me a rather puzzled look. I said, “You shouldn’t scoop the ice with the glass. You’re handling money, and it is dirty, and then you are dragging the glass through the ice and that isn’t good.”

As he admitted it was wrong, poor Katy was getting grossed out just thinking about it. Katy is a relatively calm person. She is not the type to make waves over this. Plus her glass was one of the ones he just did this to – so it was totally grossing her out. She kept telling me to stop. Just stop. Don’t talk about it. Poor Katy, I didn’t mean to upset her.

But really – did you see the Dateline special? (Or 48 Hours, or whoever.) It was all about how ice is the “non-food” to most people working in the food industry, and so many cases of food poisoning are actually from the ice. They tested the ice that they collected from restaurants, and it was almost enough to make me never order a drink with ice again. It was nasty. I won’t bother quoting specifics (mainly because I don’t remember them), but a lot of times when you get sick after eating out, it wasn’t the food. It was the ice. The food no one thinks about.

So just think about that the next time you see someone doing that to your drink. Ewwww…

(In case you wondered – they are supposed to use a scoop that is then stored outside of the ice bin. Never use the glass or leave the scoop in the bin, because then the germs from people’s hands get in the ice thanks to cross-contamination. And don’t even get me started on how people don’t wash their hands in public bathrooms because I could go on about that all day. Sing the ABCs as you lather up the soap to make sure you wash them long enough, and always wash your hands!)

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

11 replies on “How to Win Friends and Influence People…”

Yikes! I didn’t see him do that! And why didn’t you tell me??? Glad you and Katy were able to go along today and enjoyed our “free tickets”.

Hi Christine! This Sallie from the Friday morning bunch at Twisted Yarns.

The ice thing is something I had never thought about before. Makes me think the people in Europe have a good idea with no ice in their drinks.

Thank you for the kinds words. I’m proud of the little ladies my girls are growing up to be.

I’d be so tickled if you used my girls for portrait practice. Just name the time and place.


That’s a major no no ..not only because of germs, but the glass could break or chip, then you have glass in your ice bin..i’ve corrected several servers about that..

Great photo!

There was an Oprah episode that was about germs, and a doctor on there said that we should all wash our hands long enough to sing Happy Birthday. (I think it ends up being 15 seconds.) The ABCs work, too.

I haven’t touched anything in a public bathroom in years. Especially door handles.

Eww. No ice for me, thanks.

Aw heck, Christine, Kay and I can’t tell each other apart anymore either. We’re basically interchangeable at this point . . .

I’m totally creeping out about the ice situation. Blech! How am I spoze to have my Diet Coke if it can’t have ice in it?

Hey BlahBlahBabble,

For some reason, this post’s title reminds me of something. I remember reading in Ogilyvy on Advertising that “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was a classic piece of copywriting.

Sorry for the off-topic comment. Was just wondering if you got the title from the same source I did. 🙂

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