Now What?!

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“It is pretty, though…”

Mark growled something, then returned to the kitchen.

They had been closed for months, watching the bills had stack up.

When the approval for their grand reopening came, they went all out.  It would be a fabulous evening!  With a $200 a plate prix-fixe menu, they could recover some of their losses.  It wasn’t a surprise that even at that price, they had a mile long waiting list within an hour.

And the day had finally arrived!

Who would have imagined that an out-of-season snow storm would close all of the roads? The cancellations poured in.

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Word count = 100

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62 thoughts on “Now What?!

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a struggle. I’ve talked to a few people who have friends or family that are closing their restaurants for good. The non-chain restaurant business is very precarious and it is hard to stay in business during the best of times.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do too. About 15 years ago (give or take 2 or 3) we had 6 inches in late May! It was gone by evening, but still, yuck… With the way the year is going, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it happened again ;)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Bad news – I have read that the next few days will be in record cold territory for much of the east before it starts to get back to normal next week, and there is a possibility of snow in the northeast…. The jet stream is in an odd, extreme configuration pulling arctic air down here.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That’s true, they will bounce back, just not as soon as expected (and not with my order, unless that price was just for the grand reopening).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Diana. I’m sure it is very stressful for a lot of small business owners, and some are most likely playing out their own “doomsday” scenarios in their heads right now… I have seen 6 inches or more of snow in late May, so… And a couple of inches in Rockies in June. Never say never ;)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Nobody was better than Mel Brooks at those over the top scenes and extreme slapstick, but I think Gene Wilder brought in a bit of understatement and dry humor, which contrasted but complimented Mel’s humor perfectly. And as a spoof of the old Frankenstein movies – perfection.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I think there is, though I’m not sure how much of it is actually grants and how much is just low interest loans – a friend of mine is a small business owner and has applied for the stimulus loan and so far has received zero… No cash was available to her, just loans.

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          1. Forestwood

            There is a lot of talk here about rental assistance packages, in particular, but little in the way of substance. They make it quite complicated so that many of the recipients don’t quality. It is a good marketing exercise to win over the public sympathy, at large. I feel that more could be done.Although there will always be some people attempting to exploit the system, the majority will appreciate the extra help.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks – as soon as I read your comment I knew where I stole the line I used in a different comment “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”. I’m not sure if I quoted it right, but… Yes, a major disappointment for everyone.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, that is the thing about out-of-season snow – it usually doesn’t last very long. These people will bounce back and hopefully be able to laugh about it in a few years…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          No worries – I am so far behind in my blogging right now, I think I won’t catch up until winter. Uhm, that’s winter for me, not you ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Something about those snow shovels leaning against the window told me… The price is a bit steep, but I’m sure there will be people desperate enough for an expensive night out to pay for it…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Wine included I’ve had meals for 2 that have passed that amount, but a plate? I know some of those places, but haven’t been tempted enough, or rich enough, to try… And, yeah, there are some who don’t think twice about dropping that amount for a night out.

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      1. Rowena

        After the horrors of the bushfires, an insurance company put out an ad with a koala in it saying how 2020 was a tough year, and then the coronavirus came along. Well and truly jinxed.

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