Yes, that was Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential slogan that I just paraphrased in the Headline. COURTESY, as in HOSPITALITY! The bar/restaurant business IS a hospitality business, right? So, yesterday, I'm sitting at the bar of this business, nursing a nice, cold Miller Lite, when suddenly - out of nowhere - the manager of Boston's, ""Jerry,"" with his TV clicker, changes the channel of the TV monitor that I had been watching for almost a half-an-hour! Right in front of me! No explanation. No, ""excuse me, sir, are you watching this?"" He just clicks on the ubiquitous ""SportsCenter,"" on ESPN. Now, I must explain something: I was the ONLY customer watching the monitor at the time, it's not like anybody requested the channel change. So, I drain my beer in a huff, and inform the bartender that I'm going to post this tidbit on the Internet. Well, she apologized to me for her manager's rudeness. Next, I go in to the men's restroom, where I secure a stall, and WHAT do I notice?\r
NO TOILET PAPER, that's what! I mean, the business just opened for the day, didn't anybody check-on conditions in the restrooms? So, I informed the hostess on my way OUT THE DOOR! Apparently, ""Jerry"" is more concerned with what TV programs are playing on the bar monitors.!! Oh, yeah, before I entered the restaurant, I noticed that somebody had tossed a garbage bag full of empty Miller Lite cans all over the parking lot. The wind was having a field day with them, too. SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL!!! A day later (today), they're STILL rolling around out there! Doesn't the staff police-up the area? Anyway, I've had the pizza that they advertise as ""Gourmet,"" and it ain't gourmet. It's barely supermarket frozen pizza that they ""nuke"" in a microwave oven. I'm 62 years of age (old geezer!), and I was raised on the oldtime ""Mom & Pop"" bars (emphasis on frienliness, cordiality and hospitality!), so these new-fangled corporate establishments drive me right up the wall! Hey ""Jerry,"" as the Mets old manager, Casey Stengel, used to say: CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME??!!