Friday, June 11, 2010


It was "Bananas: The Sequel" last night in Las Vegas as word spread regarding my refusal to pay $2.25 for a single banana at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf near my hotel. "Yes, we have some Bananas," said one of the corporate hosts of the meeting I'm attending. She gestured -- in her best Carmen Miranda impersonation -- towards a bowl filled with bananas. "Wow, I'm impressed," I said, "That must be at least several hundred dollars worth of bananas by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf standards." I ate two. What my host neglected to tell me was that less than an hour later, she would be escorting us all to a ten course dinner. The menu included: Maryland Crabmeat Cakes, Potato Samosas with Mango Yogurt Dip, Beef Short Ribs Beignet, Smoked Salmon with Caperberry and Fresh Dill, Tomato Soup, Greek Salad, Dover Sole, a Quartet of Pastries and a Fruit and Cheese platter. "Thanks!," I said to our host, "You've made me feel like a real High Roller. Now could someone please roll me to my room ...?"


garnett109 said...

You can skip the fruit bar

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

How you stay skinny with all the travel and meals is amazing.

Paula said...

That was kinda dirty to fill you up with bananas with all that wonderful food coming up. At least it sounds wonderful. Down here in the country we mostly eat meat and potatoes.